Ruahine Kindergartens

Welcome to West End Kindergarten

We currently have available places 3 and 4 year olds.

At West End Kindergarten we foster competent and creative thinkers, who share ideas, learn together and inspire each other.  

We recognise the unique bicultural heritage of Aotearoa; celebrating the individuality and mana of each child.  We nurture positive and respectful relationships, supporting the emotional wellbeing, cultural identity and diversity of all learners.  Our environment is rich in learning experiences to empower learners to embrace challenge. Our tamariki are encouraged to lead their own learn and persevere with difficulty, building a resilient "I can" attitude.  We are learning what it means to be a kaitiaki - a guardian of Aotearoa, showing atawhai (kindness) and kawenga (responsibility) towards our environment while developing sustainable practices.

E rûnâ ana to tâtou waka i te kaha o tokomaha - We steer our waka with the strengths of many.

Session Times

Monday - Friday 
8.30am - 2.30pm

 

Contact Us

Address:
5 Salford Place
Palmerston North

Phone: 06 358 2405
Email: westend@ruahinekindergartens.org.nz

Click here to Enrol

 

What Our Whānau Say

"My daughter loves this kindy. They are friendly, loving and caring - you can see they all enjoy being with the kids and have good values."

"Kindy is all about exposing our babies to their first taste of education – a good foundation leads to an excellent education."

"Very welcoming to all families, consistent with their quality teaching."

West End Kindergarten News

Getting Wild About Recovery
Getting Wild About Recovery

Discos are always a great time, even more so when they’re for a good cause. The children, teachers and community at West End Kindergarten all banded together for their Kiwi Boogie disco, raising $144 for the Wildbase Recovery Community Trust.

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Kaitiaki in Action

Kaitiaki means guardianship, for the sky, the sea and the land. The children at West End Kindergarten are in training to become the future guardians of our land and planet; learning to preserve,conserve and protect our environment.

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Matariki ahunga nui - The time when people assemble
Matariki ahunga nui - The time when people assemble

Indicated by the appearance of the Pleiades constellation, the Māori New Year marks a special time to gather and share. It was under this pretext that West End Kindergarten held a Celebrating You - Our West End Community evening. Our kindergarten children opened the evening with a Matariki waiata performance.

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Polar Express
Polar Express

Christmas came early to the children of West End Kindergarten, with their  Polar Express float placing second in the education section of Palmerston North’s Christmas Parade. A strong focus on sustainability within the kindergarten was reflected in their display.

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5+ A Day Wheel-A-Thon
5+ A Day Wheel-A-Thon

West End Kindergarten families and friends had a fun time at their recent 5+ A Day ECE Challenge wheel-a-thon. The challenge is a nationally run campaign, encouraging young children to add an extra serving of fresh fruit and vegetables to their day. The two-hour wheel-a-thon saw a number of decorated bikes, trikes, scooters and karts zipping around Kartsport’s track in Longburn.

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Kindy kids tear up the kart track
Kindy kids tear up the kart track

A collection of Palmerston North preschoolers have put the pedal to the metal for a wheely good reason. More than 45 whiz-kids from West End Kindergarten zipped their way around a track at Kartsport on Shirriffs Rd in Longburn last night for the early childhood centre's wheel-a-thon fundraiser.

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Manawatu children celebrate Waitangi Day
Manawatu children celebrate Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day celebrations have started early in Manawatu with families sharing food, schools opening sandpits and children signing their own treaties. Schools and early childhood centres in Palmerston North shared karakia and kai, or prayer and food, to mark Waitangi Day early yesterday.

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Farewell to Nicola Billman
Farewell to Nicola Billman

It's always sad to farewell a teacher, particularly when it's someone like Nicola Billman, who has been with West End Kindergarten for 10 years. A special occasion was held to say thanks to Nicola for her teaching and community support for such a significant period. On the same day, the kindergarten was presented with a Heart Foundation Healthy Heart Award.

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