Ruahine Kindergartens

Welcome to Ruahine Kindergarten Association, 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.  In 2016, we will be opening our first community based Ruahine Early Learning Centre in Pahiatua, as well as launching our Ruahine Home-based service.

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 20 hours free early childhood education, with the possibility of additional free hours at any one of our kindergartens.

All our kindergarten 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.

Pahiatua Kindergarten to become Early Learning Centre
Pahiatua Kindergarten to become Early Learning Centre - Pahiatua Kindergarten

PRESS RELEASE Pahiatua Kindergarten is to close its doors at the end of 2015. Ruahine Kindergarten Association will be relicensing the Tyndall Street premises as a community based Early Learning Centre, opening in the new year to cater for children from birth to five years.

Meet Moko
Meet Moko - Awapuni Kindergarten

Gifted to Awapuni Kindergarten by a friend from the community, who is also a vet nurse, a blue tongue lizard is providing the kindergarten children with the opportunity to learn about nurturing and caring for wildlife. Children’s ideas for naming the lizard were written on card, with children voting for Moko, the Pacific Island word for lizard.