Ruahine Kindergartens

Our Services

23 Kindergartens, 2 Early Learning Centres and Home-Based Education across our region.


From 3 Years Old
2-6 hour sessions
23 Kindergartens

Early Learning

From birth to school
Open 7.30am - 5.30pm 
2 Early Learning Centres


From birth
Flexible hours
Manawatu wide

We're not for profit, so our low fees reflect our commitment to making early childhood education accessible and affordable to all.  Whânau can access up to 30 hours free early childhood education at any of our kindergartens or early learning, and our Kimbolton and Pahiatua Early Learning Centres offer 20 hours free for 2 year olds.

All our kindergarten teachers are 100% qualified and registered, delivering innovative learning to inspire young minds and give children the best possible start. All our programmes are based on the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, an holistic approach that empowers children to learn and grow, with inspiration coming from their environment, planned and spontaneous interactions. Literacy and numeracy experiences are extended through your child’s interests and ideas.

Set in the heart of your community, we have strong relationships with local primary schools and encourage whânau involvement. We welcome you to come and spend time in our warm, spacious and interactive environments to see if a Ruahine Kindergarten or Early Learning is right for your child.

Latest News

You are invited to the Ruahine Kindergarten Association 'One Organisation' NZK presentation on Friday 22 June 3pm at St. Alban’s Church, 339 Albert Street, Palmerston North.  This will also be an opportunity for you to contribute to the future strategic direction of RKA.


Each of our services are unique. Their individual character and personality comes from the communities they reside in, the children and teachers’ interests, and their surroundings. No day is the same. Our well-resourced indoor and outdoor environments extend social, emotional, thinking and physical development, while generating fantastic learning opportunities and fabulous stories to share.

Kindergarten reduces waste and reaps award
Kindergarten reduces waste and reaps award - Linton Kindergarten

Working towards a better world with less waste has seen Linton Kindergarten recognised for its efforts.

Things that go 'pop' taking off at Milverton
Things that go 'pop' taking off at Milverton - Milverton Kindergarten

Things that go up and that blow up have been fascinating Milverton Kindergarten children this term. Teacher Gavin Mardon explains that one boy’s trip in an aeroplane led to the interest in flight, with children extending that interest into lots of plane making and building with paper and wood.