What We Do

Active Explorers Lower Hutt Central is a place where children and their whanau experience manaakitanga, it is warm, welcoming and a sense of belonging is established.

Our diverse Educators believe that secure relationships are the fundamental foundation to learning.  There is emphasis on strengthening self-esteem through respectful interactions, appreciation of views, opinions and enriching cultural identity and wairua.

The rich learning environment embraces tamariki as individuals, challenges their thoughts and ideas and encourages a passion to explore. There is access to learning equipment, materials and tools. 

Tamariki’s creations and contributions are valued, educators encourage and role model expression through media and materials.  Displays of arts, crafts and ideas are visual throughout the centre.  Care and thought is emphasized when presenting these.

Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum guides educators while concepts of RIE and Reggio Emilia theories are reflected in practices, thinking and on-going professional learning.  Principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo, tikanga and kaupapa Maori are woven into daily practices.  Educators acknowledge our multicultural community and value all cultures, religions and beliefs.

The Fantails- Infants- Has a quiet soft area designed especially for our young babies, and its own sleep area with cots.

  • Toddlers- A large classroom for children aged 1-3 years, which has a music area, a family corner, blocks, trainset, and an art area and a large outside area with a covered sandpit.

The Kiwis- A large classroom for children 2.5-5 years which is well resourced to cover all areas of the curriculum and help children enjoy learning. There is also an extra separate area for 4 year olds to enjoy a transition to school programme, The older children also have a class trip once a week to the library, and we participate in swimming lessons and playball as extras to enhance children’s learning.

We are situated next to eastern Hutt School and have good links to the busy Lower Hutt City community.

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