Ruahine Kindergartens

Our Services

23 Kindergartens, 1 Early Learning Centre 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 
1 Early Learning Centre


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.

Makino Kindergarten Philosophy Tamariki - Makino Kindergarten

He Whakatauki Ko au ki tenei - I will carry this handle Ko koe ki tena - and you carry this handle Kiwai o te kete - carrying the woven bag together.

Victoria Esplanade visit
Victoria Esplanade visit - Makino Kindergarten

To support an ongoing interest many tamariki had in nature and insects, we embarked on our adventure to the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North. After an exciting bus ride spotting farm animals, aeroplanes, construction workers and the bustle of the city along the way, we arrived at the peaceful and tranquil Esplanade.