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









Let's talk about respect


Respecting babies, toddlers and young children in all interactions is a guiding principle of Ruahine Home-Based.

Home-Based service coordinator Trace Stevens says respect means always talking to children, involving them in the process and letting them know what you are going to do, before you do it, from blowing a child’s nose to changing a baby’s nappy.

She says Educators work hard to ensure they never ambush children without warning, for instance, swooping in from behind to remove a jersey.

“It’s really about involving children in everything you do and allowing them to be part of it.”

Dressing, nappy changes, bathing and feeding times are all opportunities to connect with warm respectful interactions.

Even when babies are only a few weeks old they are able to participate in routines and are building relationships with the adults around them.

As Trace explains “children of all ages deserve respectful relationships.” By being treated respectfully children will learn how to be respectful towards others. “Children learn by example.”

Ruahine Home-Based has its own ‘Respect for children policy’ that outlines the main principles for Educators. This includes acknowledging children’s emotions and supporting them when things are hard, and working through routines at a child’s pace so children feel respected and capable.