Welcome and Kia Ora



  • Fun, high quality education and care
  • Qualified teachers with excellent ratios
  • Fantastic facilities
  • Great flexibility

Our Vision: To be a centre that provides high quality early childhood education, engaging with children, whānau and the wider community.

About Us

Operating since the late 1950’s, Rutherford Street Kindergarten provides high quality early childhood education and care for children living in Nelson city and surrounding suburbs. We are a small, welcoming, community-minded centre with a maximum of 30 children enrolled at any one time. Our centre manager and team of qualified teachers are committed to high quality relationships that are child-centred. Our centre is community-based and is governed by a dedicated board made up of parents and community members.

Our Sessions

rs_flaxesWe are licensed for opening from 8am – 5:30pm every week day. Children can attend anytime during these hours – though our preferred minimum time is six hours for Government funding purposes. We can offer four- or five- hour sessions by arrangement. Children are encouraged to attend a minimum of two full days per week so they have lots of opportunities to settle well. Children bring their own healthy lunch boxes and while we eat a rolling morning and afternoon tea, we all sit together for lunch. We keep healthy crackers, hummus and cheese in the kitchen so if children run out of food in their lunch boxes they won’t go hungry! We like children to bring a spare change of clothing for their wet and messy play. We do have a few spares, but know that children usually prefer their own. We are open all year except for two weeks over Christmas/New Year, and we close for weekends and public holidays.

Click here for our 2020 enrolment form – or just pop in and visit as we have full enrolment packs available in the office.


Our hourly rate is $6.50 – this is charged for 2 year olds in mornings and for 3 – 5 year olds over and above the 20 hours ECE. The Government 20 hours free ECE is available (up to 6 hours per day) – we ask a voluntary charge of 40 cents per each ECE hour claimed. Rutherford Street Kindergarten fully subsidises 2 year olds who attend kindergarten from 12.30 – 3.30pm; that is, afternoon sessions for 2 year olds are free. WINZ subsidies are available depending on family income.