Our People

Stacey Cox , Centre Manager

Growing up in a large family Stacey has always had younger siblings around, which created a passion for working with younger children. In high school Stacey completed a 6-month early childhood introductory course which reinforced her decision to follow her heart and enrol at Whitireia Polytech to gain a Nanny certificate.

After a few career changes, and travelling around the globe, Stacey started her journey towards obtaining her Early Childhood Education Degree in 2013, graduating in 2016. Stacey has been a teacher at Lollipops since she began her studies and during this time she has had an opportunity to work alongside children of all ages, she is currently a Team Leader in our Fantail Toddler room, where she is really enjoying developing and expanding her knowledge about supporting and teaching toddlers.

Stacey lives in Lower Hutt with her daughter Chloe, in their spare time, they love to just be around family and making the most of learning and growing together.

Debbie Parsons, Team Leader: Toddler Room

Kia ora, my name is Debbie and I am the acting Team Leader in the Toddlers Room.

I grew up in Wellington and I love living in the coolest little capital. It’s a privilege to be able to work somewhere where I can see our gorgeous harbour and mountains everyday. I am the second of four children in my family, who all still live in Wellington.

I’ve been teaching here at Active Explorers as part of the Toddler Team since February 2017. My teaching journey began back in 2013. After completing my Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching, I spent a couple of years as a special education teacher and an Intermediate teacher. In 2016, I decided to retrain, and I completed my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE). I enjoy working here at Active Explorers; our friendly teaching team and wonderful children and families make everyday enjoyable and unique.

I believe that children are competent and capable people, who desire to know about their world, and be known by the important people in their lives. Building responsive and respectful relationships with children and whanau is important to me, as it enables me to support their learning and development.


In my personal time, I attend Arise church, and I sing in a young professional choir called Supertonic. I also enjoy watching sci-fi films and tv shows, reading novels, bush walks, and being with family, friends, my partner, and his dog Leo.