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Mana - Porirua

Active Explorers Mana

Active Explorers Mana offers high quality care and education for infants, toddlers and young children. Our team of well-trained professional teachers provide a warm and caring environment where little ones thrive, where individuality is celebrated, and where loving care is a top priority.

The early years are crucial for instilling a love of learning in tomorrow’s thinkers, thought leaders, and trailblazers. Set your child up for the future. Enrol now at Active Explorers Mana.

Why choose us?

There are a host of reasons why so many families choose Active Explorers Mana. Here are just a few of them:

  • Nutritious cooked meals provided by centre cook
  • Healthy Heart gold award
  • Full day and half day options
  • Four separate rooms for different age groups
  • Family friendly environment that fosters relationships with parents and whanau
  • Well resourced
  • Dedicated, experienced teachers who stay at the top of their game with ongoing training and professional development
  • Te Reo and Tikanga Māori are incorporated into our daily practice

Our Rooms

Active Explorers Mana has four separate rooms, enabling us to deliver age-appropriate experiences for tamariki at each different stage of their development.


This room caters for our youngest explorers, from birth through to 15 months.


Specially designed for our tamariki aged around 15 months to 2 years, as they begin active exploration of themselves and their space.


This space is our home away from home for our 2 to 3 ½ year old. It’s all about social interaction through a sense of belonging and active exploration of people, places and things around them.


Kanuka caters for our oldest, most active explorers aged 3 ½ to 5 years, where kaiako and tamariki collaborate to create a space where tamariki become more competent and confident for the next step in their learning and development.

In our Ngaio and Taupata rooms we place a strong focus on free and natural movement. We believe that children should not be put in positions that they are unable to get into or out of themselves, so we do not use high chairs.  We also believe children will develop at their own pace. We provide open ended resources which allow children to explore with infinite possibilities. Children need to learn to experience possibilities for themselves.

Programmes in our Manuka and Kanuka rooms place strong emphasis on the development of responsive, respectful, working partnerships between tamariki, kaiako, parents/whanau and members of the wider community.  Opportunities are created for children to investigate and explore, with plenty of stimulating resources and experiences that support and extend learning. Through communication, exploration and creative expression children share their learning and development, which is documented and celebrated on wall displays, slide shows, video footage and in children’s profiles.

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