Oma Rāpeti Early Learning Centre

Nurturing – We believe relationship is at the heart of everything.

– We believe in nourishing body and spirit.

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

"We stumbled upon Oma Rāpeti whilst awaiting the arrival of our baby girl, and instinctively felt this was the right centre for us. On our first visit, that instinct was confirmed - we never considered another centre as the environment at Oma Rāpeti had exactly the home-like and loving feel we were looking for. Over the past three years, our two children have both flourished in the care of the team at Oma Rāpeti. They are without exception incredibly warm, nurturing, and professional individuals, who have (luckily for us) dedicated their careers to supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of families - parents and children included. We can head to work each day knowing our children are free to learn as they play, while being cared for by people we trust utterly. Oma Rāpeti really is such a special place, and has had a huge impact on our journey as parents and our life with our little ones."

- Linda & James

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

- Dr. Emmi Pikler

"We are so grateful to have found a daycare that our daughter enjoys so whole-heartedly! She asks to go to Oma Rāpeti even on days when she's just at home. I love the way they look after the kids, fostering their independence (especially at meal times, and that's really shown through at home) and the love they have for all the kids. They've also been really supportive with her potty training. Would definitely recommend Oma Rāpeti to anyone looking for a caring, family oriented daycare."

- Clare Fisher

"Hi Tineke and everyone,
We had to come say goodbye before we left for holidays and house moving but I didn't realise it would be such an emotional goodbye and feeling of loss. We would just like to thank you again for providing Poppy with such an amazing environment to come to each day; one which she loved and was excited to embrace without fear. You gave her the courage and confidence to challenge herself and learn safely and enjoyably. We chose your centre for its ethics and morals and what it provides for the children but it would be just that if it wasn't for each and every one of your staff whom we have grown to greatly respect, love and learn from. When we leave Poppy in your care we know she is being nurtured and is safe and that is all a parent can ask for. Thank you for everything. I can only pray we find a daycare (second home) half as amazing as Oma Rāpeti. We look forward to seeing you back in Auckland in 18 months along with our addition to the family.

- Karen, Sean, Poppy and Bubba to be

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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.


1 Pratt street, Freemans Bay


7.30am-5.30pm Monday - Friday


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