Our Kindergarten offers early childhood education with a difference. The special character of our Kindergarten features:


  • small group size, ratio 1:10, with 100% qualified Early Childhood Teachers, 

  • a calm, quiet, home-like environment

  • a programme and natural resources that develop children's imaginative play eg. wooden toys, cloth dolls, painting, hand-sewing, knitting etc.

  • healthy, nutritious plant-based lunches and snacks provided free

  • connecting children with nature through composting, planting, harvesting veges and marking seasonal changes

  • celebrations and seasonal festivals

  • lots of outside play - sandpit, riverbed, climbing trees, waterfall, real grass, mud and hills!

  • Forest Fridays - outside all day and morning tea cooked on the outdoor fire!

  • we are an Enviro-School!



Sessions run from 8.45am to 2:45pm Monday to Friday.


We are at 187 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North (beside Terrace End School). 


20  ECE hours per week available for children two-and-a-half to six years old.


A Playgroup (run by a playgroup co-ordinator) for children 0-3 years and their whanau, is held every Tuesday (during term time) from 9:30-midday in the Puawai Room at Kindergarten-Nau Mai, Haere mai, all welcome!


To enrol please contact us or drop in and see us - visitors are welcome! 


With more than 1000 Rudolf Steiner schools and 1800 Kindergartens in 83 countries, Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world.


To produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives. The aim of Steiner education is to educate the whole child "head, hands and hearts".

Nau Mai, Haere Mai and Welcome to Matariki Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten!

A small kindergarten with a BIG difference!

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