Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara

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our story

Our Kaiwharawhara centre is a very well-resourced centre located on the first floor with stunning harbour views, where the children love to watch the ferry. We are very bright and spacious with lots of natural light as well as plenty of outdoor space.

Our teachers here at Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara come from a vast range of backgrounds.  In addition to our teachers from Aotearoa, we also have teachers from as far away as China, India, Philippines, and Niue.  We are a well-rounded bunch. Our teaching team having a range of qualifications outside teaching.  These include qualifications in subjects as varied as psychology, sociology, humanities, creative writing, business studies, Japanese, French, personal training and engineering.  We even have two teachers with Masters, one in English, another in Science. This all adds to the rich diversity that supports your tamariki learning journeys.

ERO Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. ERO’s reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.

Early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews will be more frequent where the performance of a school or centre is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students, or less frequent where a school has a stable reporting history and demonstrates good self-review processes and use of its assessment information.

You can read our centre’s ERO review here.

centre information

Centre Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Ages Catered For:

3 Months – 5 Years


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  • I am absolutely heartbroken to have to pull our daughter out of your centre - she has been very, very happy with Vanessa in the Infants Room and we have the greatest respect and affection for the whole team. I was pretty concerned about leaving my little girl in day-care at four months old but she has absolutely thrived. She is noticeably more social, settled and confident than other babies in our antenatal group which tells me I made the right choice.

    The entire infants room team, and the wider staff, have been incredibly kind and patient. Vanessa and Lynney in particular seem to hold very genuine affection for our daughter and go to great lengths to ensure she is happy, secure and receiving appropriate developmental opportunities. Every morning our daughter shrieks with delight when she sees her teachers and we've never, ever had tears at drop-off time.

    We've shared our daughter’s Storypark content with our extended families - the grandparents in particular have appreciated seeing these lovely updates as both my parents and my husband's parents live out of town. Thank you for this.


  • I am so pleased we found IKids Kaiwharawhara. After initially enrolling our son into another childcare facility and finding that we were not comfortable with him in there, it was really refreshing to meet Anne-Marie (centre manager) and to find a centre that shares similar values and ideas about childcare as our own. Anne-Marie couldn't have been more accommodating - not only did she have a place for our son almost immediately but she was very reassuring when answering the ton of questions that I had as an anxious first time mum!

    The teachers in the infants room are great and our son seems really happy there. I can leave him for the day and not worry about him as I know they do a great job. He even sleeps and eats better at IKids than he does at home! A sure sign that he has settled well.

    Tash & Adam

  • I-kids Kaiwharawhara are fantastic-the teaching staff provide a caring and supportive environment. They encourage independent play and thinking and are flexible in catering for our daughters ever changing interests.