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Active Explorers Masterton

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our story

Active Explorers Masterton is a modern, purpose built daycare centre that is well resourced to provide activities and spaces that meet every child’s needs. We have established ourselves as one of the best centres in Wairarapa with our dedicated staff, fantastic learning facilities and friendly environment.

We believe every child is confident and capable in making their own decisions about their learning and our role is to help them pursue their interests, which we easily achieve thanks to our high teacher to child ratios.

As a centre in the heart of our community, we know how important relationships are to the development of young children. We actively encourage the participation of parents and whānau so we can all work together to create lifelong learners. Our centre also provides affordable fees and flexible hours to ensure childcare is accessible to all.

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 – 5:45 pm

Half Days/Full Days

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Ages Catered For:

6 weeks – 5 Years

Testimonials

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  • We believe teachers and staff are not praised as often as they should be because you are what help mould our future generations. Thank you for being a part of our boys lives, helping to develop them, cuddle and encourage them.  Over the last three years you have all become a part of our family and you have all helped raise our boys to be confident and fun loving by nurturing their needs, wants and desires.  It’s sad to say goodbye as they move onto another chapter in their lives.  But this is not goodbye it’s a see you later.


  • To the whole MELC team thank you so much for making Josh’s time at MELC so special – for all the songs you sang, games you played, stories read, tears dried and questions answered.  It has been wonderful to see Josh learning so much and growing in confidence so he is now so ready for his school adventure.  You guys do an awesome job, thanks.


  • Thank you so much for looking after Matt, for inspiring and supporting him and our family. This is really the end of an era for our family as we have attended MELC since opening day.  What fantastic staff you have, always coming up with genius ideas and having extraordinary patience, encouraging kids to cooperate, make friends, pursue many many interests explore and develop coordination and so much more.  We have always appreciated the feedback on our kids and helpful advice and encouragement.  We will really miss the staff our friends at the centre, a massive thank you to you all.


  • A huge thank you for your love and care of Rikki over the last 5 years. You are a big part of who she is and played a major role in her confidence and education.


  • A huge massive thank you so much for the last four and half years. It has been an amazing journey with you and I appreciate every single one of you that Harry and myself have meet along the way.


  • Thank you so much for the loving care and attention you have given Sarah over the last four years. The fact that she has come every day is a testament to the wonderful learning and social environment you have created at your centre.  Although she is excited about the new challenges of school, she will miss you all so very much.  Thank you for being such a big part of developing our keen, excitable, social kind girl.  We will miss you.


  • Truly a humble thank you for opening your doors and welcoming me into your centre. I have loved learning alongside your teaching team, you are all so talented and have inspired me as a new teacher to be the best teacher as I can.