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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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