Ruahine Kindergartens

Our Services

23 Kindergartens, 2 Early Learning Centres and Home-Based Education across our region.


From 3 Years Old
2-6 hour sessions
23 Kindergartens

Early Learning

From birth to school
Open 7.30am - 5.30pm 
2 Early Learning Centres


From birth
Flexible hours
Manawatu wide

We're not for profit, so our low fees reflect our commitment to making early childhood education accessible and affordable to all.  Whânau can access up to 30 hours free early childhood education at any of our kindergartens or early learning.

All our kindergarten teachers are 100% qualified and registered, delivering innovative learning to inspire young minds and give children the best possible start. All our programmes are based on the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, an holistic approach that empowers children to learn and grow, with inspiration coming from their environment, planned and spontaneous interactions. Literacy and numeracy experiences are extended through your child’s interests and ideas.

Set in the heart of your community, we have strong relationships with local primary schools and encourage whânau involvement. We welcome you to come and spend time in our warm, spacious and interactive environments to see if a Ruahine Kindergarten or Early Learning is right for your child.

Latest News

Each of our services are unique. Their individual character and personality comes from the communities they reside in, the children and teachers’ interests, and their surroundings. No day is the same. Our well-resourced indoor and outdoor environments extend social, emotional, thinking and physical development, while generating fantastic learning opportunities and fabulous stories to share.

Foxton kapa haka talents shine
Foxton kapa haka talents shine - Foxton Kindergarten

The considerable kapa haka skills of Foxton Kindergarten children were on display this term when they participated in the annual Te Awahou Kapa Haka Festival. Weeks of practising waiata and developing performance and singing abilities were proudly shown off at the festival in October, where the children performed six songs.

West End Kindergarten's Taniwha
West End Kindergarten's Taniwha - West End Kindergarten

West End Kindergarten has its own treaty, listing positive behaviours that make it a nurturing, fun and safe place to be – and there’s a friendly taniwha to watch over it.