Ruahine Kindergartens

About us

Since its inception, as the Palmerston North Free Kindergarten Association in 1949, Ruahine Kindergarten Association has been a leading provider of quality early childhood education and  70 years experience means we know what works, yet we are by no means set in our ways. 

Ruahine Kindergarten Association is not-for-profit and governed by a Board which is elected by our community. Responsibility for the day-to-day management of our Association lies with the CEO and central office team.

Each kindergarten is led by a Head Teacher, supported by a team of 100% fully qualified and registered teachers, an administrator and Teacher Aide.

Our Early Learning Centres are led by a 100% fully qualified and registered Centre Manager with a team of which at least 80% are fully qualified and registered teachers, as well as some in-training teachers.  

All of our services are subject to three or four-yearly Education Review Office (ERO) reviews. Our Teachers and Support Staff engage in continuous professional development to ensure your child has access to the most up-to-date educational experience and the opportunity to develop life-long values of wellbeing, belonging, contribution, communication and exploration.

Relationships are at the heart of our Association. We welcome community support and recognise it’s our volunteers who contribute to our success. This can be from parent help both in and outside our services, sharing personal experiences or knowledge with the children, supporting fundraisers, participating in parent forums, to serving on a committee or the RKA Board.

What our whānau say about us

"Kindergarten is where our child gets their first glimpse of independence away from family members, where they learn to trust others, develop friendships and where they learn, experience and grow."

"A caring, curious, and secure environment."

"Kindergarten is great preparation for school, a place for creativity and imagination, with super teachers and great community."

"This is the home away from home for our child.  She needs and thrives on the social interactions and learning that she receives here.

"The support in everyday learning and exploration has been invaluable as well as the strong feeling of belonging."