Ruahine Kindergartens

Our Services

22 Kindergartens, 3 Early Learning Centres and Home-Based Education across our region.


From 3 Years Old
2-6 hour sessions
22 Kindergartens

Early Learning

From birth to school
Open 7.30am - 5.30pm 
3 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, and our Kimbolton, Mill Street and Pahiatua Early Learning Centres offer 20 hours free for 2 year olds.

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 resdie 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.

Story 'In the Beginning'
Story 'In the Beginning' - Follett Street Kindergarten

As a part of our team learning journey the teachers and children of Follett Street Kindergarten have been researching and learning the whakapapa (ancestory) for Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) and Ranginui (Sky Father). We have decided to have a focus on seven of their children; Tūmatauenga, Tāwhirimātea, Tāne Mahuta, Tangaroa, Rongomātāne, Haumia tiketike and Rūaumoko.

Watermelon Plant
Watermelon Plant - West End Kindergarten

Once upon a time in a nutrient rich bokashi garden grew a watermelon plant. The kaitiaki of West End Kindergarten showed atawhai and kawenga to nurture its growth.  In late summer it was 2cm wide and as the season changed to Autumn it grew to 15cm before stopping.  Curiosity about what the watermelon could look like inside was expressed through art.