About

Why choose us?

Active Explorers Richmond sets children up for a lifetime of engaged learning. Here are just a few of the reasons why we are the centre of choice for so many local families:

  • We value a Primary Care approach where teacher/child relationships are fostered
  • We follow tikanga practices and use te reo Maori to reflect the dual heritage of Aotearoa
  • We acknowledge the importance of parents as first teachers and encourage relationships between teachers, parents and whanau
  • Inclusive, multicultural environment
  • Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
  • Healthy Heart Rito award
  • Monthly ‘Bike Days’
  • Weekly cooking sessions
  • We celebrate many special occasions such as Matariki, Daffodil Day, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
  • Regular community excursions to local parks
  • Transition to School programme

Our philosophy

At Active Explorers Richmond the tamariki and kaiako work and learn together in a safe, caring and fun environment.  The tamariki interests and strengths are valued and nurtured through positive healthy relationships and through (intentional) play. 

Together we Respect

We’re about finding joy in learning.  Tamariki are encouraged to make wise learning choices that show respect for themselves, each other and the environment.  Tamariki are supported to grow empathy, to take risks, to develop social skills, to build relationships and grow independence. where we talk to each other and treat each other kindly.


Together we have Purpose

Tamariki are encouraged to learn through uninterrupted play with flexible routines and small group activities that promote social skills, build confidence and self-esteem.  Tamariki initiated learning and free choice are an essential part of the learning programme as guided and inspired by Te Whariki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Together we are Community

Whanau, parents, kaiako, tamariki, grandparents and caregivers are valued, promoted and supported to be involved in the learning that takes place here.  We practice manaakitanga through warm, welcoming, kind, caring and respectful relationships.

Together we Celebrate Diversity

Because we acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document and Maori as the first people of Aotearoa New Zealand we weave Tikanga, Te Reo and Te Ao Maori into our daily programme.  We also recognise our diverse cultural community and the opportunities that this provides us with.

About Evolve

Evolve Education Group is a leader in early childhood education, with over 120 centres across New Zealand offering a range of top quality learning options for all of our families.

Our highly regarded brands – which include Active Explorers, Lollipops, Pascals, Learning Adventures, Little Wonders, Little Lights and Little Earth Montessori – nurture children to love learning and become the best they can be. Rich and diverse educational opportunities are delivered by passionate, experienced educators in purpose designed centres equipped with the latest learning resources.

Evolve Education Group is helping shape the future, preparing little minds for great things in today’s ever changing world.