At secondary school level, Whanganui is home to Whanganui Collegiate School which is regarded as one of New Zealand's finest private, co-education boarding schools. Whanganui is also a leading centre of tertiary education for creative industries.
Palmerston North has 40% of its population either attending or teaching at one of its 70 educational institutions including Massey University. Massey is New Zealand's premiere institution for food science and technology, biotechnology, advanced material sciences and product development.
If your children are New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens (this includes Tokelauans, Cook Islanders and Niueans), or they hold a student visa based on your temporary work visa, they can attend primary and secondary schools as domestic students. If this is not the case, you should check to see if they need visas.
Early childhood education
There are over 260 options for early childhood education in the Whanganui / Manawatu region. The Ministry of Education lists all childcare options in the region and their contact details.
There are many different types of early childhood services. A key difference between these services is how much involvement they expect of the child's parents and family. The main types of early childhood education services are described on the Education Review Office website.
Early childhood education providers are listed on the Education Counts website. For more information about kindergartens in this region, visit the Whanganui, Dannevirke and Ruahine Kindergarten Associations from the New Zealand Kindergartens Association website.
Playgroups are informal sessions where caregivers and children aged 0-5 meet together in a relaxed environment. In a playgroup, parents and caregivers stay to interact with the other adults and to play with the children.
Playgroups are usually set up and run by parents and caregivers, with children choosing from a range of activities. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost, and may include music and singing, imaginative play, outdoor and free play, or arts and crafts.
Tertiary education in the Whanganui / Manawatu Region is provided by Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), the Institute of the Pacific United (IPU) New Zealand and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
UCOL Polytechnic has a campus in Palmerston North, and Massey University's main campus is located in Palmerston North.