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









Defence families find extra support with Home-Based service


Parenting on your own while a partner is deployed overseas or away from home within New Zealand can be a frequent reality for New Zealand Defence Force families. But Ruahine Kindergarten Association’s Home-Based childcare service for babies, toddlers and young children can make all the difference, especially to those with no family support nearby.

Home-Based Coordinator Trace Stevens says the Home-Based childcare service can be flexible to the individual needs of each family.

Defence families, in particular, often need more flexible hours with childcare as their working roles often mean irregular hours. They can be away for extended trips or additional pressure can come on a family during times of deployment overseas.

Trace says this is when the strong ties developed by Home-Based Educators become really valuable to the partner left on their own.

Educators are more like family members, they develop really close relationships.

Defence Force families often move towns, or may not have extended family close by. Partners left at home during a deployment may be working irregular shifts beyond what traditional childcare centres cater for, or may be Defence personnel themselves with their own work demands.

Ruahine Home-Based offers childcare between the hours of 7am and 6pm, but often Educators can offer more flexible hours when there is a need.

Being able to change hours when the need arises, is a real support for families with the unique demands of their roles.