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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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.