Ruahine Kindergartens

Welcome to Ruahine Kindergartens, a place where children come first

With 24 unique kindergartens throughout the Manawatû, Rangitikei, Foxton and Pahiatua regions, Ruahine Kindergarten Association has been supporting 3 and 4 year olds to be successful learners for over 60 years.

We're not for profit, so our low fees reflect our commitment to making kindergarten accessible and affordable to all.  Whânau can access up to 20 hours free early childhood education, with the possibility of additional free hours at any one of our kindergartens.

All our teachers are 100% qualified and registered, delivering innovative learning to inspire young minds and give children the best possible start. Kindergarten programmes are based on the Ministry of Education’s early childhood curriculum Te Whâriki, 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 communities, 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 kindergarten is right for your child.

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Each of our kindergartens 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.

Marking Matariki
Marking Matariki - Riverdale Kindergarten

Riverdale Kindergarten celebrated Matariki with an evening concert on Thursday 18 June. Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, that rises only once a year. It also signals the start of the Māori New Year and remembering the past, present and future.

Something old made into something new
Something old made into something new - Linton Kindergarten

As a part of the Enviroschools network, Linton Kindergarten are finding ways to strengthen sustainable practices. A recent rubbish audit at the kindergarten revealed that paper was a large part of generated waste. Two baskets were added to the art area for paper collection. One basket is for reusable paper, and one for recyclable paper.