Ruahine Kindergartens







Our Services

22 Kindergartens, 3 Early Learning Centres and Home-Based Education across our region.

Kindergartens

From 3 Years Old
2-6 hour sessions
22 Kindergartens

Early Learning

From birth to school
Open 7.30am - 5.30pm 
3 Early Learning Centres

Home-Based

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, and our Kimbolton, Mill Street and Pahiatua Early Learning Centres offer 20 hours free for 2 year olds.

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

We are excited to announce that Mill Street Kindergarten will be relicensed as is moving to an Mill Street Early Learning, accepting children from birth to school. 

The Early Learning Centre will be open 23 July and will operate Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 5.30pm, throughout the year, closing on statutory days and between Christmas and New Year only. We continue to offer up to 30 hours free ECE for 3 and 4 year olds.  

Each of our services are unique.  Their individual character and personality comes from the communities they resdie 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.

Teaching & Learning Research

We are very excited to announce our recent success in The Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) which supports partnerships between researchers and educators to improve outcomes for learners.  RKA is the only recipient within the early childhood education sector to be selected for funding in this round.

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Ahimate Reserve
Ahimate Reserve - Riverdale Kindergarten

The magical place of Ahimate Reserve is part of Riverdale Kindergartens harpori and is well explored by our tamariki as we visit our special taonga every fortnight. Our tamariki are learning about what it means to be a kaitiaki, by picking up rubbish or caring for the environment.  We have planted trees, created willow pods and collected resources for our creativity.

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