Ruahine Kindergartens

Ruahine Home-Based - a high quality child care option for children from birth to school age

About Us

Our educators provide warm, caring home environments where your child can flourish. Educators develop close one on one relationships where your child's individuality is nurtured. Our ratios are kept low with a maximum of four children to one educator. This ensures individual care and attention is given. Safety is paramount so all homes are regularly checked by Visiting Teachers, educators have first aid training and all adults in the home are regularly police checked. Ruahine Home-Based provide educators with high levels of support and on going training. 

We are able to provide full and part time options and you can combine kindergarten and home-based child care. Many of our educators offer kindergarten drop off and pick up services. WINZ subsidies and 20 hours ECE are available. 

Our Programme

We provide a stimulating and fun programme designed to foster children's learning. We utilise Te Whāriki the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. Our programme includes regular gymnastic classes, playgroups, music and movement sessions, nature exploration and excursions at no extra charge. These are all undertaken with your child's educator, the person they trust, alongside and are planned by a qualified early childhood teacher. 


Due to high demand, we are currently looking for more educators. If you are passionate about providing a nurturing, supportive home environment and feel you have the skills we are looking for, please get in touch.

Contact us

Contact Mel Johnston Ruahine Home-Based Coordinator on 022 657 9833 or email

Our Educators


Kelvin Grove






Terrace End









Children go bush in local reserves


Pockets of native forest around Manawatu are made to be explored and Ruahine Home-Based children are rocketing around these ready-made playgrounds.

The Home-Based service is now up-and-running and Home-Based Coordinator Trace Stevens says one of their regular excursions is the Nature Explorers outing. She says the group is discovering some little-known native reserves in the process.

One of the group’s favourite places is Tutukiwi Reserve, close to Palmerston North city on Moonshine Valley Road, Aokautere.  Here, children can take a bush walk through a real remnant of native forest, walk over the historic curved bridge that once spanned the Waikato River at Huka Falls, and investigate lily pads in the pond. 

“We focus on taking children out in nature, without playgrounds, to explore at their own pace,” says Trace.

She says in summer the stream is the perfect place for wading, playing with slime, looking for fish and “generally getting dirty!”

She says the Nature Explorers outings generally run rain or shine with Educators coming together and bringing the whole range of age groups, from babies to young children.

Other favourite areas to explore are Bledisloe Park, Kitchener Park in Feilding, Pit Park and the Ashhurst Domain. Pohangina’s Wetlands and other little-known areas are soon to be explored.