Starting School

June 3, 2020
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 passionate and knowledgable about. ...
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The below blog has been created by our director Nikki after showing many families through Oma Rāpeti and searching for her own child prior to owning a centre. These are some of the common questions she comes across and some pointers with what to look for. ...
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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 we thought we'd review our practice and explain our reasons so that as parent...
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Embrace the magic of heuristic play.

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 gift ideas floating around our minds. We can make the most of this outside time - a...
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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 you have a child you know this is a common occurrence and one that makes your s...
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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 ECE centres. In actual fact, at the base of everything is our philosophy and we tr...
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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 our littlies (and our homes/classrooms!) get covered in filth? Utter madness? C...
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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 create special moments and lasting memories, and are a wonderful way to really tune...
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Our guide for parents on how to turn everyday objects around the home into educational ECE resources....
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Sustainable Parenting

April 15, 2020

Eco-conscious parenting without losing time, or your mind.

At Oma Rāpeti we know how important it is to put the environment front and centre of our practices and teachings. We’re also mothers and parents. Busy ones at that.As parents, there’s always a tug at our hearts when we go for convenience over sustainability. We’re bus...
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