Active Explorers Richmond

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Every parent wants their child to be a confident and independent learner and at Active Explorers Richmond young children get a head start.

We are a modern, purpose-built facility which has been providing high quality care and education for the infants, toddlers and young children of Richmond for many happy years. We pride ourselves on providing a warm, safe and caring environment with a strong focus on relationships, which we achieve through our policy of primary caregiving and having higher than average teacher to child ratios.

We believe a rich variety of learning experiences ensures children are well-rounded and develop a genuine passion for learning. The children have open access to age-appropriate resources for spontaneous play as well as planned activities like our ‘Learn to Swim’ programme for our 4 year olds.

Our centre is inspired by the work of Pikler and Gerber so we aim to create quality learning experiences in a peaceful environment where the children feel safe. Our ‘Transition to School’ programme and qualified teachers ensure we are creating happy little learners who are excited about commencing their lifelong journey of learning!

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:

3 Months – 5 Years



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  • Thank you all so much for the wonderful care you have given our two girls over the past 6 years. It is great as a parent to know your children are being well cared for in a safe, happy environment. Thank you all for being such a blessing.


  • Over the years my three children have formed wonderful bonds with all the staff. I have found the staff to be organised, professional, caring and helpful.


  • (Teacher) is amazing and has always had an interest in my child and family as a whole. I am sad to leave and will miss our morning chats. (Manager) has gone above and beyond to help us with any issues and always polite and helpful.


  • We chose RELC because of recommendations from friends and found staff to be very professional at all times. Teachers really know what works best for the children at the Centre. Staff have been fantastic with Cameron and he will remember them fondly.


  • Thank you to you all for welcoming us in and supporting my children. I always felt they were in a safe and happy environment. We have felt very supported by the staff at RELC.


  • The teachers at RELC have been outstanding! They are extremely caring, warm, friendly and supportive of each child’s individual needs. They are very competent at their job and we will miss them very much.


  • Relationships with staff have been close, always friendly, helpful and kind. Alex loved his time here. All staff very professional and we will encourage our friends to come to this Centre.


  • Staff are always keen to listen and help with any challenges or changes that may arise. Always on-hand at drop off to assist in settling into the day. The Manager has been an angel – always willing and able to help me, adding or changing hours at late notice, sorting leave and statements.


  • Staff kept us well informed, great bonds with the children and seem happy in the workplace. They are very understanding when first settling children and providing individual care to my boys. They developed/exposed the boys to things that they were enthusiastic about, had the rooms well organised in relation to play/routine etc. The manager was very approachable, quick with responses to requests.