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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 you this,” they whispered, “but I have a tutor who comes to my house after childcare to teach me about letters and numbers.” This child’s parents were focussed on their child’s academic development and, having chosen to attend our play-based and child-led ECE centre, they were concerned that their fou...

September 13, 2021

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 to sign them out and get their bag. When you get to their bag, it's once again overflowing with paintings and drawings that they've been busy creating during the day. This is the fourth day this week that their bag has been this filled with art, and you're not sure what you're going to do with it...

September 8, 2021

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 official languages are te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language. English is a de facto official language. While I’d encourage you to go out and learn NZ sign language to be able to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing community, this blog is about simple ways you can incorporate a little te reo Māori in...

August 26, 2021

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 we thought we'd review our practice and explain our reasons so that as parents and caregivers you have an understanding of why this works for our infants. ...

March 25, 2021

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 gift ideas floating around our minds. We can make the most of this outside time - and gift ideas - by embracing the magic of heuristic play. A natural, sustainable and affordable way of play and learning, with endless options for your tamariki. It’s a favourite here at Oma Rāpeti, especially with the you...

December 15, 2020

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 you have a child you know this is a common occurrence and one that makes your stomach feel sick.  Children want to climb onto everything in the house, jump from heights and experiment putting themselves into different positions and places that make us scared as adults. Children are built with a nat...

November 9, 2020

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 ECE centres. In actual fact, at the base of everything is our philosophy and we truly believe that each child should be seen as an individual... some children suit a centre environment and some suit homebased care. We’ve covered the basics in this article, so you can make the right choice for you and you...

October 6, 2020

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 our littlies (and our homes/classrooms!) get covered in filth? Utter madness? Crazy ECE teachers? All in the name of fun? For the love of wet-wipes and soap? As much as we do love a bit of madness, messy play (also known as sensory play) can do wonders for your child’s brain development - so it...

September 4, 2020

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 create special moments and lasting memories, and are a wonderful way to really tune in and connect with your child....

June 30, 2020

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 passionate and knowledgable about. ...

June 3, 2020

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....

May 8, 2020

Sustainable Parenting

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 busy with work, children and life. But what about when everyone is tired, hungry and crying? Do we go for the easiest option possible, like the tempting plastic-wrapped snack? The disposable diaper? To be honest sometimes we do,...

April 15, 2020

What you should ask when looking for an ECE centre

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. ...

March 28, 2020

What's the difference?

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 HomeBased Care offer, and is a Daycare the same as a kindy? Will my child get the same level of care, attention and learning opportunities at all of them? Let's break these terms down for you, and let you know why each version...

December 9, 2019

How to help your child with their toilet learning

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 the great deal of learning that takes place as a child learns about their body, and how to pay attention to its cues. It also helps remind us adults that this is a process and our children will get there in their own individual...

November 8, 2019

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 to choose from and a lot of them are truly lovely! They may be close to your home or work, have a philosophy you like, or have been recommended to you by friends or family.But how do you find the best one for you? Quality of early childhood centres can vary a lot, and there are certain points we think eve...

October 15, 2019

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 you look at!It can be something many parents overlook, but the number of ECE centres around are almost endless (especially in a highly populated city like Auckland). How do you know which centre is the right centre for you? How do you choose a place to send your tamariki that feels right, has beautiful t...

September 19, 2019

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 future gift of being a book worm. We pulled together some of our absolute favourites. Some of them are meaningful with a great message, some play with words and rhyming and some are just plain hilarious! ...

August 17, 2019

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. ...

August 15, 2019

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 it on millet with carrot sticks and grated cheese on the side. The beans themselves can be served however you want - for example on nacho chips, tortillas, or rice. Sometimes we top with coriander and herbs from the garden or in a home setting you may like to add chilli. This recipe is fairly forgiving -...

August 1, 2019

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 thrive within predictable, solid boundaries. You may find it difficult at first, but boundaries can make your life easier....

July 24, 2019

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 concerns about eating habits and nutrition are rife in online forums and parental support groups.  Well, here’s the answer: you don't “get” your child to eat! Let’s reframe this concept. Here are your responsibilities as a parent: To set meal timesTo choose what is offered, and To choose wh...

June 14, 2019

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 to put any more disposables in landfill. Roll on three years and our cloth nappies are due to be replaced. We were having a few housekeeping issues with cloth, so the question was:...

May 16, 2019

A Culture of Kindness

Following the tragedy of Christchurch Mosque Shootings (15/03/2019), as a team we reminded ourselves what we were doing here at Oma Rāpeti for our youngest members of society, who are in their most formative years of learning. We can't change the tragedy of Christchurch, but we can do our absolute best to ensure our children are nurtured within a culture of kindness going forward.  Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, renowned neuroscience educator speaks often around the topic of how love grows brains,...

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