Welcome to Oma Rāpeti

Our Story

We are a home-style childcare centre based in both Freemans Bay and Kumeū, Auckland.

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

Our centres are based around building relationships and having respect for children and their whānau. We view children as highly capable learners and communicators. We understand that children develop holistically, and we value the individual interests and needs that they bring into our centres each day. 

Our Values

Nurture — Relationships are at the heart of everything we do.
Nourish — Taking care of mind, body, and spirit.
Natural — Nature provides the optimal play experience.

Community Love

'We have been so privileged to be part of the whānau, and we can so clearly see the deep impact that your ethos of respect, love, and kindness has had on both of the girls'

– K Sealy

Biting in Early Childhood

If you are, or have ever been, a parent of a child who attends an early childhood centre, it’s likely you have experienced the dreaded message from your child’s teacher: ‘Unfortunately, your chRead more

Supporting Children’s Brain Development

I once taught a four-year-old who had joined our early childhood centre after moving to a new house. After a few weeks with us, this child made a confession. “I’m not supposed to tell youRead more

What do I do with all of this art?

It's a typical Thursday, and you've come to collect your child from their centre. They greet you happily from the kai table where they're finishing off their afternoon tea, and you head inside toRead more

Kōrerotia te reo!

Is it a surprise to you if I told you that New Zealand has two official languages and neither of them are English? English is presumed to be an official language by most people, however the officialRead more

Why an Open Day works for our infants

Since 2019 we have been moving towards an Open Day format for our Burrow (under 2) space. There are often questions around why we do this as opposed to an individual tour through the space, so weRead more

Finding Treasure - Outdoors, Together.

Summer is knocking on our door, and with that comes Christmas time. As parents, we’re likely to be spending considerably more time outdoors over the next few months, and many of us will have giftRead more

Risk taking through play for young children

How many of you have had a moment of terror when you have caught your young child climbing on top of the coffee table or trying to jump off their bed into the floor? I think it’s safe to say if youRead more

Is a Centre or Homebased Childcare Right For My Child?

You might think because we run a cool little centre in Auckland Central that, in our opinion, provides the best possible care out there and therefore we would be bias towards children being in ECERead more

Embrace the mess | The science behind messy play

Messy play. Korihori pōrehe. Two simple words that have the incredible capacity to make both parents and educators either recoil in horror, or jump for joy.  Why do we intentionally let ourRead more

The Magic Of Rituals | Connection through the everyday.

From mindfulness to bubble baths, Christmas to birthdays, bedtime to bathtime, many of us use rituals in our lives. Even as adults, we’re often using rituals without even realising. Rituals createRead more

Starting School

Written by Claire, one of our wonderful team members who has completed her Masters in Education (ECE) through Auckland University. Transitioning to school is one of the topics Claire is passionateRead more

Upcycling | Turning loose parts into exciting new resources

Our guide for parents on how to turn everyday objects around the home into educational ECE resources.Read more

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