Welcome to Ruru

For children aged 2 – 5 years.

Castle Kids Ruru is a home away from home where children are encouraged and challenged to grow enquiring minds. Our caring team are all fully qualified Early Education Teachers. They take pride in developing an environment of love and learning, where parents and children are encouraged to pull up a chair and join in with our play.

Our low teacher-child ratio is above what is required by the Ministry, meaning more dedicated and attentive care for your child.

We offer special interest sessions, including Bible time, science, drama and cooking. We also offer a daily school readiness program for our 4 year olds in consultation with the local school.

We love to explore our community with trips outside the centre to the Library or park and also bring special guests into the centre e.g. digger drivers, firemen and their trucks. We enjoy celebrating such things as birthdays, the change of seasons, Maori language week and lots more.

We are particularly proud of our fun outdoor environment where safe risk taking is promoted through a variety of climbing and swinging equipment. Our garden is home to a multitude of insects and bugs and there is always a keen teacher nearby willing to go exploring.

We support sustainability, our local community with fundraising and the collection of food for the local Foodbank.

We are one family working, loving and learning under one roof.

Meet our team




2IC & Teacher







Contact Ruru

15 Ruru Street, Waikanae
+64 4 905 5437

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