Early Learning Centre Judea Tauranga

Our vision

A haven for children to Explore & Flourish the world around them, and an extension of your home.

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Explore & Flourish Early Learning

Explore & Flourish was created out of a love to build an environment for children to explore, challenge themselves and grow in confidence inside and out. We saw a need to create a place where children can be active, learn to live a healthy lifestyle and have the opportunity to do extra activities, leaving weekends free for the most important time - Family time.

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Explore & Flourish was set up to create a haven for children where they flourish. Where they participate in activities that they love.

We offer a safe and nurturing environment where children can naturally challenge and extend themselves while becoming confidently connected with the world around them.

Our centre will follow the Principles, Strands and Goals of Te Whaariki - He Whaariki Mataranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa - The Early Childhood Curriculum.

  • We value being healthy and fit and trying new things through exploration and gentle guidance.
  • We want to create life-long learners that are connected to the world around them. That are willing to take up opportunities and challenges that are offered to them. That are not scared to make mistakes because they understand that it is how we learn.
  • Our 4-5 year olds are given a unique opportunity of early Primary trained teachers that understand the needs of not only the transition to school but also the skills required to set them up for success.
  • At Explore & Flourish the children will make lasting memories while fostering strong relationships with both their peers and teachers.
  • We want the children to be themselves, do what makes them happy and follow their interests.
  • We value the importance of being able to offer experiences and activities for the children that target their interests to encourage their love for exploring and learning about the world around them. We see the value in both planned and spontaneous experiences to promote and develop the children and their learning.

Our educators are well qualified, highly motivated and skilled. They bring a wealth of Early Childhood experiences, cultures and philosophies which underpin the Explore & Flourish day to day practice. They strive to provide stimulating provocations that encourage risk taking and curiosity, additionally mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities.

Meet the team

Our fully qualified teaching staff are passionate about making meaningful teaching moments, following the children’s passions, all while developing loving, trusting relationships. We are proud to be 100% qualified and all hold first aid certificates, so your children are in the best of hands.

staff member Anita

Anita Richardson

Centre Manager

Hi, I’m Anita and have been working alongside tamariki and whānau for many years. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and a Level 5 Diploma in ECE. I am also a SPACE facilitator and have raised five awesome daughters. I can now also lay claim to two gorgeous grandsons. I believe parents know their children best and I feel it is a privilege that you might choose us to care for and guide your child’s learning journey.

Tamariki are taonga and respectful practice is the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy. I love to laugh and have fun and I think the key to good relationships is partnering with whānau to share and develop wonderful learning outcomes for children. I love spending quality time with family and friends, travel, gardening and reading. I would love to hear what you like doing in your spare time.

staff member Paige

Paige McCleery

Team Leader (Under 2’s)

Kia Ora, Hello, Ni hăo, Talofa, Namaste. My name is Paige. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your tamaiti. We shall have some fun and laughs together and I’m sure love will grow too.

I moved here to the sunny BOP five years ago from windy Wellington to be closer to family and in search of a fresh start. My two adult children stayed in Wellington where they both attended Victoria University. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching last year.

I love to cook, read, garden, watch movies, listen to music and spend time with loved ones. I will sing, dance and play with your children, but we will also learn new things, while we are having fun.

staff member Kristi

Kristi van der Meys

Team Leader (Over 2’s)

Kia Ora Koutou. Ko Kristi toku ingoa. My husband and I are the proud parents of two fabulous children and grandparents of 3 beautiful tamariki. I have been teaching for many years now, the last 10 or so in the Homebased sector. I am passionate about play based learning and loose parts exploration. I believe strongly in teaching our local curriculum and believe that strong, true relationships are the foundation for great learning. I hold a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. I am also a first aid course trainer.

In my spare time, I like to walk, draw, and go rallying. I am excited to be a part of Explore and Flourish and look forward to sharing our haven with you and your whanau.

staff member Olivia Meyer

Olivia Meyer

Teacher (Under 2’s)

Kia Ora, my name is Olivia and I’m 22 years old and have been living in Tauranga for the past 14 years. I love going to the beach and spending time outdoors in the sunshine. I have a diploma in Early childhood and have been working in ECE for the past 3 years.

staff member Rachael Street

Rachael Street

Teacher (Under 2’s)

Hello my name is Rachael and I am a newly qualified ECE teacher (having completed my degree in November last year). I enjoy being active and outdoors and especially love getting my craft on and being creative. This position enables me to have the best of both worlds and I am loving it!

staff member Shyla Moorfield

Shyla Moorfield

Teacher (Over 2’s / Under 2’s)

My name is Shyla and I am passionate about children and working alongside them. I began my teacher training at Toi Ohomai in February 2021 and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with and learn from the wonderful teacher’s here at Explore & Flourish before I begin my journey into study.

staff member Carly

Carly McMechan

Teacher (Over 2’s)

Kia Ora, Hello. My name is Carly.

I have been in early childhood education for 3 years. I have 2 big kids and a husband who are all awesome and all love the beach and bush as much as I do. I believe in building positive and strong relationships with our children and their families.

staff member Lorna Spencer

Lorna Spencer

Teacher (Over 2’s)

Hi I’m Lorna. I am a primary trained teacher but am loving the transition to ECE, this is my 2nd year of teaching but I have always worked with children in one way or another before completing my degree. I enjoy the outdoors, travelling (when we can again), spending time with family, being at the beach and nature in general and I LOVE cats!

staff member Fiona


Teacher (Over 2’s)

Hi! I’m Fiona and the newest member of the Explore and Flourish team. I was raised in the mighty Waikato and I am a qualified ECE teacher. I am married to Steven and love being a Mum to my two wonderful children aged 12 ∧ 10. I enjoy spending my spare time cooking, sewing and doing all types of arts and crafts.

staff member Nina Paul

Nina Paul

Relieving Teacher

Kia Ora I’m Nina! I have a Bachelor of teaching and studied through Waikato university and have been teaching for 12 years. My husband and I are Tauranga locals and have 2 beautiful children. I am currently a permanent reliever for Explore & Flourish.

staff member Marcos Moras

Marcos Moras

Kitchen Manager

Oi (Hello in Portugese) my name is Marcos. I am really enjoying working in the kitchen and alongside your wonderful children here at Explore & Flourish. I am originally from Brazil but have spent many years travelling (12 years on a cruise ship) before settling in NZ with my wife Jessica 2.5 years ago. I enjoy sport and being outdoors whenever I can.

staff member Michelle Moorfield

Michelle Moorfield

Centre Administrator

Kia Ora I’m Michelle, I am the Mum of two almost grown children and live in Papamoa. I enjoy the beach, walking and spending time with family and friends. I have worked within the administration sector for the majority of my working life and am relishing the challenge that early childhood admin is bringing to my world.

Parent information

Useful information for parents and navigating your way around our preschool. Plus some handy downloadable references.

Open Door Policy

We operate an open door policy, where parents and family are welcome into the centre at any time. Parent participation sends strong positive messages to your child that you support them and are part of the child care environment.

Settling Period

During enrolment we try to understand and learn as much as possible of each child. Their strengths, weaknesses and interests which helps with the settling period. Children (with their parents) are more than welcome to visit the centre prior to attending.

Parent Participation

We use Storypark as an online platform to share in the learning of the children during their time at our centre. The children also have a physical portfolio full of great learning stories. We do frequent excursions and for those who are able, we welcome parent participation.


The centre is open Monday to Friday from 7.30 am – 5:30 pm.
We will be closed on public holidays.

Early Learning Centre Judea Tauranga


Our centre provides child-centred developmental programmes. The programming is based on observing children regularly, evaluating their needs and planning activities from these observations. We aim to develop programmes to meet the children’s needs and therefore enhance individual development. Each child will be guided to develop at an individual pace according to his or her unique, individual way. Programmes are evaluated regularly and are founded on the guiding principles of Te Whaariki, the Early Learning Curriculum of the Ministry of Education.

Our practices reflect the multicultural heritage of our community, and emphasise non-gender stereotyped behaviour. We recognise that early learning education facilitates the development of confidence, independence, and an interest in learning for our children. Indoor and outdoor experiences are an integral part of our programme and routine. Play is central to children’s development by providing opportunities for both structured and spontaneous activities. Play is a child’s unique way to learn about their world. It is also a means of expressing knowledge from previous experience. We aim to provide opportunities for boys and girls to play freely regardless of any stereotype roles they may choose. Routines give children a sense of the passage of time as they move through the day. Routines encourage independence and an understanding of personal hygiene.

Early Learning Centre Judea Tauranga

We endeavour to provide an atmosphere that is warm, accepting and welcoming to both children and their families.

Our emphasis on maintaining a home-like environment means that although over two year old children and under two year old children have their own areas that allow the programme to be tailored to the appropriate development levels, children may make visits to other areas with their caregivers.


All of the child’s food and drink is provided by the centre. A menu is thoughtfully designed to provide nutritious meals for the children to learn and grow.

Toys and other treasures from home

We have chosen a wide range of developmentally appropriate equipment and toys for our centre.

Our fees

We are a full day service (6.5 hours minimum) and do not offer short days or sessions. Our fees represent high-quality teaching staff and ratios above Ministry of Education standards. Minimum enrolment is two days. We require a $50 enrolment fee to process all enrolments. Fees also include the convenience of healthy snacks, lunches, nappies for those still requiring them and an array of learning resources to support your child’s needs.


  • 2 Days $120
  • 3 Days $165
  • 4 Days $215
  • 5 Days $250 (full time)

OVER 3 YEARS (taking up to 20 hours ECE)

  • 2 Days $80
  • 3 Days $105
  • 4 Days $130
  • 5 Days $150 (full time)

We offer a sibling discount of 10% on the oldest child’s fees. We review our fee structure annually and any fee changes will be made in February each year. Seasonal offsite programmes will be on offer as an optional extra and will be at an extra cost.

Hours 7.30am - 5.30pm

FAQs + Policies

Some answers to the questions we get asked the most about.

Our centre offers the 20 hours subsidy which is provided by the Ministry of Education to all 3 and 4 year old children. To be eligible, you must complete an Attestation form which confirms your attendance and that you are not attending another Early Learning Centre at the same time as you have applied for funding at our centre. If you change your enrolment hours, you must complete another form. You may apply for this subsidy from more than one centre, but you must indicate this on your form. You may apply for the 20 hours subsidy and receive money from Work and Income, but we recommend that you discuss this with your caseworker.

Work and Income operates a subsidy for parents whose children attend the Centre. The subsidy is subject to an income qualification. Contact Work and Income for further information and forms. Full payment of fees is the caregiver’s responsibility and will be required until a subsidy has been approved.

Centre policies on safety precautions are continually reinforced by staff and children. Such practices include:

  • The storage of chemicals in locked cupboards
  • Checking the safety of sandpits and outdoor equipment
  • Children’s awareness of personal safety, i.e. not throwing equipment, walking inside.

There is always someone trained in first aid on site; first aid certificates are renewed every two years.

In case of an unforeseen emergency situation, every effort will be made to contact parents to collect their child. The Centre is fitted with safety devices, which are maintained regularly. Regular fire drills are necessary for regulation purposes. If you are present at a fire drill, you are required by law to participate. Emergency evacuation plans are displayed in the Centre. Staff are familiar with evacuation procedures and policies. Parents and visitors to the Centre will be asked to make themselves familiar with the evacuation plan and where hoses and first aid equipment is to be found. Every effort will be made to make evacuation procedures enjoyable rather than stressful events for the children. Regular emergency procedures give the children an opportunity to become familiar with the routine and planned evacuation.

We ask that any child or adult who is unwell be kept away from the centre especially at drop off and pick up of children/siblings, so illness does not spread through the Centre. The Manager may at his/her discretion refuse to accept any child deemed unwell enough to attend the Centre, as we do not have the specialist staff or the space for sick children. Children with severe coughs or colds, vomiting, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, rashes or raised temperatures cannot be brought into the Centre. If symptoms develop during the day the parent will be contacted to arrange for the immediate collection of their child.


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Happy parents

Explore and flourish is just the most wonderful centre. I am so happy I found them! Lovely calming interior inside and an awesome outdoor play and activity area with all year round sunshine. Beautiful kind and caring owners and teachers. I am a naturopath so good clean eating was a big priority for me and the food has been outstanding! Go check it out you will not be disappointed.

Caroline Kemp

Explore and Flourish was the best daycare I fell across. My son loves it so much he never wants to come home! The teachers are fantastic and always happy to help and go the extra mile which is lovely, can’t praise you all enough.

Emmajae Claudia Robertson

Fabulous Centre full of love and laughter! It is a home away home for my two little ones, beautiful new centre with so much to offer! Amazing owner and fabulous teachers who really care about your child like they are there own, would recommend to all.

Tessa Bowman

The team at Explore and Flourish do a wonderful job with my toddler. He walks in the door each morning with a big smile and happily waves me goodbye as I leave. He loves his teachers and the imaginative activities that they create for him to take part in. My return to work has been made so much easier because I have every confidence in the staff’s abilities to lovingly care for, educate and feed my boy. They have worked really hard to get to know him as an individual and support him to feel safe and happy at the centre. They really do feel like part of the family

Drop-in anytime

  251b Waihi Road, Tauranga
  07 5712030
After hours - 021 434664

Drop-in anytime

251b Waihi Road, Tauranga
  07 5712030

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