Cindy, Jo and the whole team are absolutely amazing. There dedication and learning environment they provide for our children is truly a credit to them all. They have a creative hands on teaching approach with the children. The Rising 5 programme has been very beneficial for Alec when started school in August allowing him to be willing, Able and ready for school. Story Park is a great tool to communicate the day to day activities our children get up to which we as parents miss while working, you still feel connected and you haven’t missed out on a big achievement or milestone they could of reached. The relationship between the children and teachers still to this day amaze me especially since my two boys have been there from 10mnths onwards and are now 5yrs & 3yrs old. The respect and that really caring connection they have is reassuring for a parent. You know you have made the right choice in childcare when your children don't want to come home cause they are having too much fun with there friends and teachers lol.
I like to think of Active Explorers as our second home. Being with them for almost three years, we have gained a sense of belonging and connection with all staff and can tell our children's learning is valued. I often think 'would Memphis-Rose know what she does now, if she were at home with me all these years?'. I am not qualified to teach her, I don't have all the resources to develop her Te Reo language and preparation for school, so for me this has been a big investment that I will never regret! The centre make such an effect to incorporate all family and cultures into events, such as GUFF day, Matariki and other various occasions, that it is something to look forward to each year. I always feel up to date with what my children are learning with the regular stories that are published on Storypark and chitchats with the staff. I have referred various people to the centre as I am confident they will love it as much as me!
I have been privileged to be part of the Active Explorers whanau now for about 14 months. Seth started his learning journey in Tpt where he quickly developed some special relationships with both his peers, families and teachers. His love of te reo maori has been fully supported and his ability to say his mihi and lead karakia has blown me away. Another big milestone was his recent transition through to koru lounge where this was done so respectfully. His teachers worked together to make this a positive experience for not only Seth but our family. The communication has been great and i enjoy the conversations between teachers. I am always informed about how he’s doing and what he has done during the day and he will still venture back to visit which we think is pretty neat. Seth has grown so much in his time at Active Explorers and I know he will be well prepared for when goes to school with the support of the rising 5's. A big thankyou to all the team for taking such great care of our pepi and laying down the foundations for his learning journey.
We were very fortunate to be part of the Active Explorers family for four amazing years, from the time our daughter turned one until she moved on to start primary school. The Centre felt like the right place for us from the moment we first visited, and our first impressions proved to be correct. In our time with the Centre, Ella moved through all three of the classrooms and was fortunate to experience the teaching and care of many of the staff. Without exception, her teachers were caring, dedicated, and innovative in the way they supported Ella’s learning and development. The centre's approach to us as a family was inclusive and respectful and they worked to ensure that the relationship between the centre and our family was meaningful and supportive. Ella’s development and learning extended seamlessly between the centre and home – her teachers became an extension of our family and their relationships with Ella vitally important to her development.
I would have no hesitation at all in recommending the Centre to other families. Putting your child into the care of someone else can be a tough decision to make, but the experience is incredibly positive when your child is cared for by a team like this one.