Tai Tapu A childcare centre your family will love

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Active Explorers Tai Tapu is a place where kids are encouraged to wonder, imagine, discover and create. Located in the beautiful close-knit community of Tai Tapu, just ten minutes  from Halswell and Lincoln, our centre boasts a gorgeous natural environment, plenty of space, and top quality resources.

A home away from home for our children, we have two separate classrooms – our Preschool/Nursery (0-3years) and the Prep Room (3-5years).  Each are staffed by a team of well qualified and highly experienced teachers who provide a warm, respectful and caring environment. Our rich programmes are woven with dynamic learning opportunities that keep kids engaged and inspired.

We are the perfect start to a lifetime of learning.


8 School Road, Tai Tapu 7672

Centre Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Half day/full day options
Closed Saturday, Sunday, & public holidays

Ages Catered For:

3 months – 5 years

ERO Report

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2 Rooms
20 Hours Free ECE
Transition to School Programme
Extended Hours
Purpose built
Large Outdoor Area

Active Explorers Tai Tapu has a real sense of community and is a local place where you meet good people and families. The environment is warm and welcoming, and we love that nothing is ever a problem.

Max(6) and Poppy(4) have really enjoyed their time here and we’ve been impressed with the progress they’ve made. The teachers are supportive and kind and everybody enjoys the special effort the team puts into field trips, dress up days, sports days, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the end of year Christmas party.

The centre has a really nice big outdoor area  and the staff have a great relationship with all the parents and children. The recent relationship with Tai Tapu Primary School has been really pleasing too. We love that the bigger kids who will soon be attending school get to go on regular visits over there and also having the new entrant teacher come across to the preschool to do lessons with the kids is invaluable!

Verity Bloy

Amazing! We’re loving the increasing use of Story Park and group stories, and the amazing individualised support the team have put in to help Felix.

George Anderson

I am very happy with Active Explorers Tai Tapu. They are so friendly and welcoming, my kids are so happy to be left and they always tell us about the fun day they've had when they get home. The manager and staff are all lovely and very welcoming and enthusiastic.

Julie Mills


Childcare Assistance Update

Effective 1 April 2023, more people will be eligible for subsidy and the hourly subsidy rates will increase.


Mother's Day at Active Explorers Tai Tapu

We would like to take this opportunity to thank and celebrate all the wonderful ladies in our lives


Growing Kiwi Gardeners Programme

Growing Kiwi Gardeners vision is to be the leading provider of sustainable gardening and professional development programmes for early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand. We love our sessions at Active Explorers Tai Tapu.


Hey Dee Ho at Active Explorers Tai Tapu

We are excited to announce we will now be offering Hey Dee Ho music classes at our centre! Contact us to find out more about this amazing programme!