Ruahine Kindergartens

Kindergarten and Home-Based Care, the perfect pair!

Ruahine Home-Based has been set up to support families with high quality care and education for children of all ages, including those who attend Kindergarten.  

Our Educators provide nurturing care and education in their own homes for babies, toddlers and young children, with flexible hours and Kindergarten drop-offs and pick-ups for children who attend.  

Our Home-Based programme is based around children's interests and because of this, can include a wide variety of activities. Children can get involved in activities such as cooking and baking, helping care for animals and gardening.  They go on outings to playgroups, music, parks, playgrounds, the supermarket and library, which builds knowledge and understanding of our community and the people in it.  These activities inspire new and exciting learning opportunities.

Our Educators strive to build strong, trusting and respectful relationships with the children in their care and their families.  Each Educator is police checked (as are all adults 17 years or over in the home) and has a current First Aid Certificate, as well as access to continuous professional development from Ruahine Kindergarten Association.

Their homes are safe and welcoming as homes should be, and are regularly checked by our Visiting Teachers.  Educators can have up to four children in their care (including their own), with up to two children under two years of age.  Each child is set up with an Educa online portfolio which families can access and add to at any time and has their own Pukapuka Râ (Daily Book) which goes between care and home each day for communication between parents/caregivers and Educators.


Our Educators

We are busy recruiting for suitable Educators.  If you are positive, caring and passionate about working with children and share a genuine interest in providing high quality care and education from your own home, please contact Trace, our Home-Based Coordinator on 022 657 9833.

If you are a parent or caregiver looking for quality, flexible, Home-Based care for your baby, toddler or young child (including care before and after Kindergarten if your child attends), please contact our Home-Based Coordinator on 022 657 9833 or email:


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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.