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.

The whole world's a stage
The whole world's a stage

While our young children enjoyed the recent term break, over 100 Ruahine Kindergarten Association teachers were engaged in professional development, honing their skills in dance and drama.

Mini Relay for Life
Mini Relay for Life - Kelvin Grove Kindergarten

Something like cancer is a big concept for 3 and 4 year olds to take onboard, yet Kelvin Grove Kindergarten children recently took action - raising money by holding their own mini Relay for Life. Keeping the message simple also allowed for families to pick up the conversation at home if the children had more questions.