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.

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

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 can come to you at Awapuni
Kindergarten can come to you at Awapuni - Awapuni Kindergarten

Awapuni Kindergarten’s new 10-seater diesel Nissan Urvan van means children can now be collected from their homes. Head teacher Kim Stewart says “the kindergarten is picking up seven children every morning at present. Some are new immigrants still learning how to get around the city; others have no family car, limited finances or live too far away to walk.

Celebrating over 25 years of Pet Day
Celebrating over 25 years of Pet Day - Follett Street Kindergarten

On the 19th September, Follett Street Kindergarten celebrated their annual Pet Day. For well over 25 years, this rural kindergarten in the heart of Marton has created an interactive show and tell experience for families.  “It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring the rural into the urban” says Head Teacher Louise White.