why ruru for your child?


At Ruru House we value the importance of quality early learning. Our kaiako have been carefully chosen to ensure they have the special qualities needed to nurture and care for children while fostering learning. Our kaiako are trained, qualified and registered, with many years experience. Children will experience real work: real baking, real meals, real gardening, and real crafts as in harakeke weaving, wood work, real experiences; exploring their environment, using resources creatively and sharing experiences with others. A day at Ruru House is filled with exploration, fun, curiosity, anchored against times to come back together and share meals and converse about our day.


We are committed to open, positive relationships with whānau & their tamariki. We revere the role of the whānau as children’s first teachers. We encourage whānau to become active members of our community, sharing with us their own knowledge and experiences. Whanaungatanga (partnerships with whānau and our community) are essential and influential to a child’s own sense of belonging to our own learning community.



Ruru House, nestled in the countryside, is a purpose built early learning centre with the child at the center of everything we do. Our early learning centre has been specifically designed so that children can immerse themselves in nature and what the unique surroundings have to offer. We have large rolling paddocks at our doorstep, a meandering river, shadowed by two large macrocarpa trees that are home to our resident Ruru. At our early learning centre we have a commitment to ensuring that children are empowered to become kaitiaki and take an active role in nurturing all living things. We have been fortunate to receive special funding to minimise waste within our community . This is why we are committed to supplying cloth nappies for the duration of your child’s time attendance.

home like setting 

Ruru House has been purpose built to support children’s unfolding development. Children need the right environment both emotionally and physically. We are committed to providing children with the best raw materials/recycled/purpose picked resources with uninterrupted time to explore. Inviting spaces that foster curiosity and relationships that support children emotionally is the recipe for learning . This is why we have not compromised on providing space for children to explore and be nurtured. 

Teaching is a work of heart”
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