Our Rooms

Active Explorers Victoria Ave has three separate rooms, enabling us to deliver safe, nurturing and age appropriate learning experiences for all our children.  

Nga Kakano o Tane

Our infant room (for ages 0 to 2) is warm and welcoming and staffed by a highly qualified and caring team. Development is fostered through Te Whariki the New Zealand early childhood curriculum and focusses on:

  • Belonging – Mana Whenua
  • Well-Being – Mana Atua
  • Communication – Mana Reo
  • Contribution – Mana Tangata
  • Exploration – Mana Aoturoa
Daily Routine

7:30 - 9:30 am:  Welcome tamariki and whānau 
Spontaneous play child led/intentional teaching
Inside/outside experiences

9:00 am: Nappies checked and changed

9:20 am: Morning mihimihi and karakia

9:30 am: Morning tea

9:45 am: Intentionally planned learning activities alongside play based learning experiences, utilising indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes.

11:00 am: Nappies check and changed

11:30 am: Lunch

11:50 am:  E Moe (sleep time)

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Rolling wake up time, nappies checked and changed

2:15 pm: Afternoon tea

2:30 pm: Intentionally planned learning activities alongside play based learning experiences, utilising indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes.

3:15 pm: Nappies checked and changed

3:30 pm:  Karakia whakamutunga

3:45 pm: Spontaneous play

4:30 pm: Relaxing experiences/children prepare for home time
Nappies checked and changed

5:30 am: Centre closes

Here at Active Explorers Victoria we recognise children’s individuality and are flexible with our routines to accommodate each child’s individual needs, especially in our infant room where individual children will often have two or three sleeps and bottles throughout the day.

Te Puawai Tots

Our toddler room is specially designed for our 2 to 3 year olds, providing a nurturing and supportive environment that is also engaging, challenging and inspiring. Learning and development opportunities are maximised through a programme specifically responsive to the unique needs of toddlers.

Daily Routine

7:30 - 9:00 am: Welcome tamariki and whānau 
Spontaneous play child led/intentional teaching
Inside/outside experiences

9:00 am: Nappies checked and changed/toilet check in for our trainers

9:20 am: Morning mihimihi and karakia

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Intentionally planned learning activities alongside play based learning experiences, utilising indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes.

11:00 am: Nappies checked and changed/toilet check in for our trainers

11:15 am: Tidy up time

11:30 am: Lunch

11:50 am: E Moe (Sleep time)

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Rolling wake up time; nappies checked/toilet check in for our trainers.

2:15 pm: Afternoon tea

2:30 pm: Spontaneous play inside and outside
Options for child led/intentional teaching

3:15 pm: Nappies checked and changed/toilet check in for our trainers

3:30 pm: Karakia whakamutunga

3:40 pm: Combine with Koru lounge 
Spontaneous play inside and outside
Options for child led/intentional teaching

4:30 pm: Relaxing experiences/children prepare for home time
Nappies checked and changed/toilet check in for our trainers

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Here at Active Explorers Victoria we recognise children’s individuality and are flexible with our routines to accommodate each child’s individual needs.

Koru Lounge

Designed for our 3 to 5 year olds, the Koru Lounge is a place of awesome learning – some new, and some finetuning of what we already know.

Here are a few of the cool things that we do:

  • Hang up our bags on hooks and place shoes underneath, just like at school
  • Develop skills for taking care of ourselves like getting dressed, making healthy food choices, looking after our belongings
  • Make our own morning tea and learn how to use a knife, fork and glass
  • Use cool equipment like hot glue guns, hammers and nails, and tablets
  • Learn to care for our environment and the things that live in it like our fish, frog and garden
  • Kapa haka group where we learn waiata and mahi-a-ringa (songs with actions in Maori)
  • Brain Gym (physical activities that help engage your brain for learning)
  • Science is big here and we do lots of activities that help us to make sense of the world around us
  • When we are six months off school, we bring our own lunch box once a week and a homework book with some extra cool activities to fine tune literacy and numeracy skills
Daily Routine

7:30 – 9:00 am: Welcome tamariki and whānau. 
Spontaneous play child led/intentional teaching
Inside/outside experiences

9:20 am: Morning mihimihi and karakia

9:30 am: Morning tea

10:00 am: Intentionally planned learning activities alongside play based learning experiences, utilising indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes.

11:00 am: Tidy up time

11:15 am: Treasure kete (mat time activity led by children, that encourages questioning and answering skills)

11:30 am: Lunch

12:00 pm: Kai tau or E Moe (down time reading books, doing puzzles or sleep for some children)

12:20 pm: Intentionally planned learning activities alongside play based learning experiences, utilising indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes.

2:15 pm: Afternoon tea

2:30 pm: Spontaneous play inside and outside
Options for child led/intentional teaching

3:30 pm: Karakia whakamutunga

3:40 pm: Spontaneous play inside and outside
Options for child led/intentional teaching

4:30 pm: Relaxing experiences/children prepare for home time

5:30 pm: Centre closes

Here at Active Explorers Victoria we recognise children’s individuality and are flexible with our routines to accommodate each child’s individual needs.