Nurturing Childcare

We believe relationships are at the heart of everything.

Nourishing Childcare

We believe in nourishing body and spirit.

Natural Childcare

We believe that nature provides the optimal play experience.

Childcare Auckland

Oma Rāpeti Early Learning Centre

Welcome to Oma Rāpeti, a home-style childcare centre in the middle of Auckland City. 

We are a small, privately run early childhood education centre with 50 children in our care: 10 under two's in The Burrow, and 40 over two's in The Meadow. 

We have a team of highly qualified Kaiako (teachers) who are passionate about their role in your child's future, and committed to providing a premium level of care. 

Our centre is inspired by the work of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber or RIE ®️ as you may know it. Our child-led, play-based space is centred around respect for your child as a whole. We closely follow the 5 strands of Te Whāriki in our curriculum, weaving them throughout the day. They will also feature in regular learning stories you receive about your child. 

Want to know more about our approach to early learning? Read about our philosophy here

“It’s not about technique but who we are with ourselves”

- Dr. Emmi Pikler

Up To 2 Years

2-6 Year Olds

Our Values

Nurturing – We believe relationships are at the heart of everything.

Nourishing – We believe in nourishing body and spirit.

Natural – We believe that nature provides the optimal play experience.

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Check out some of our blogs below!

How to find the best ECE centre in Auckland

It can be daunting, and somewhat scary, trying to find a lovely early childhood centre for your child. This can be especially so in a city like Auckland – there are simply so many ECE options toRead more

Understanding The Role Philosophy Plays in ECE

When it comes time to choose an ECE service, we believe it’s vitally important to understand the philosophy of the centre - so important that we think it should be one of the very first things youRead more

The Best Childrens Books

Here at Oma Rāpeti we adore reading. There is so much imagination and escape to be found within the pages of books. By reading to your children you are helping them learn and giving them the futureRead more

How to make paper

Paper making is a fun and satisfying activity that we often do in our Meadow space with our children over two years. It makes a perfectly sustainable, environmentally friendly sensory play option. Read more

Mexican Pinto Beans

It is sometimes hard to find recipes for delicious and healthy meals for toddlers and children. One of the meals here on our rotating menu that our children love is Mexican Pinto Beans. We serve itRead more

How to Set Boundaries for Children, and Why You Should

Setting boundaries for children gives them the knowledge and security of your expectations within their day. This means they (for the most part) can predict what is coming next. Children often thriveRead more

How do I get my child to eat?

A commonly considered question when sitting at your family dinner table has always been: "how do I get my children to eat the right foods?". This question has plagued parents worldwide, and concernsRead more

Compostable Nappies

Oma Rāpeti has always been an eco-conscious centre. We decided approximately three years ago to make the move to cloth nappies. With the environment forefront of mind, we couldn’t bring ourselves Read more


"...The rhythms, rituals and songs that you shared and the peaceful place of love and friendship."

"...homely, preservative-free and sugar-free cooking was a big reason we came to Oma Rāpeti and it did not disappoint."

"...The staff are passionate about what they do and the philosophy is wonderful. I am so grateful to have found this place"

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"Having respect for the world is when you allow people to be what they are."

- Magda Gerber

Dr Emmi Pikler - 1902-1984
Dr Emmi Pikler


"The relationship is all - it is a matter of life to the baby"

- Dr. Emmi Pikler

The Pikler approach is based on a respectful relationship between an adult and child, through tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play.

Oma Rāpeti

Location: 1 Pratt Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland. We are a six minute drive from Auckland City.  

Phone: 09-376 7282

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7.30am-5.30pm Monday - Friday


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