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









The Community is Our Playroom


For Ruahine Home-Based Educators and children, the community is their playroom.  Educators aren't liited by the home environment which makes for a rich and exciting range of experiences.

Educators take full advantage of how easy everything is to access in the region. Going out into our community is a favourite pastime, and an amazing way to explore and extend children’s varying interests. 

“The community is our classroom,” says Home-Based Coordinator Trace Stevens.  If a child shows an interest in anything, Educators can follow that interest then and there – with parental permission. 

Whether it’s exploring an interest in butterflies at Apollo Park, Palmerston North, visiting the aerodrome in Feilding to extend knowledge about aeroplanes, or testing their physical capabilities in one of the over 50 parks or playgrounds available in the area, the day’s activities can suit the children.

Physical play is important for developing a child’s fine motor skills. They also learn about spatial relationships, balance, co-ordination and problem solving.

Playing outdoors also gives an appreciation of the natural environment.

Every experience, new place or park holds exciting challenges and adventures. If a child masters the equipment at a playground, there is always a new one to explore or rediscover – Educators and children are only limited by their imaginations.