As a teacher, one of the most common things I get asked about is something along the lines of “how come my child isn’t toilet trained yet?” To start with, at Oma Rāpeti we use the term "toilet learning" as opposed to "toilet training". This respectful term reflects th...
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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 concerns about eating habits and nutrition are rife in online forums and parental sup...
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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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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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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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What's the difference?

December 9, 2019

Let's explore the differences between a kindergarten, an ECE centre, a daycare and homebased care

On your search for quality early childhood education, you’ve probably come across some (or all) of these terms. They’re a bit of a mouthful when you put them all together like that too!So what are the real differences between a Kindergarten and an ECE Centre? What does H...
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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 to choose from and a lot of them are truly lovely! They may be close to your home...
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What does it really mean, and why is philosophy important?

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 you look at!It can be something many parents overlook, but the number of ECE cen...
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The Best Childrens Books

August 17, 2019
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 future gift of being a book worm. We pulled together some of our absolute favourite...
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