Parent and Infant Group
Each session has a topic, which we respectfully discuss. Just to give you an idea, some of the topics are being in partnership with your child, unassisted motor development, power of language we use around our children, how cultural imperatives match or do not match the biological imperatives of your child, the magic of play, emotional intelligence, the power of conflict and more.
The most powerful lesson is learning to see your child with 'new eyes' and foster the connection you have. The relationship is ALL and that is what our sessions focus on. At the end of the day YOU are the most important person in your baby's life.
Parent and Toddler Group
During these classes we focus on what your toddler is learning and what you are learning.
For your child the focus is on:
- Play, imagination and wonder
- Emotional safety in relation to expression of emotions
- Conflict - a royal opportunity to grow
- Skills for making and keeping friendships
- What does routine, ritual and rhythm mean to your toddler
- Skills to stay in partnership with your toddler who is set on doing things their way
- Skills for respectful conflict management
- Exploring your emotions for emotional safety during conflict with our children, and between children. This proves to be the biggest learning for many parents
- Trust vs fear - it is contagious
- Journey towards self-discovery
- Looking after yourselves
- Unconditional love
This group is suitable for children from 12 months to 2.5 years.
Our playgroup is inspired by the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler, Pennie Brownlee and the 'culture of respect'. It is a friendly and child-led environment where you can appreciate watching your babies and children do what they do best! Play! It is a place where you can safely discuss your struggles and victories and enjoy a cup of hot drink and form new friendships.
During our playgroup we invite you to notice what your child is doing. This is done in silence for about 15 minutes.
When we adults are silent the babies and children talk. They don't express themselves the same way when we are talking as they are dealing with all the sensory stimulation and all the noise.
By 'just noticing' you will learn a lot about your child and yourself as a parent. It is a true art to start noticing what your child is 'really telling you'. It takes time and practise and it will enrich your relationship. Trust your child and his/her learning that is taking place right there, in front of you. This is also knows as mindfulness.
We have starting a tea ritual 'picnic style' for the children and it was a success. Rituals are rhythms in life that bring joy if done with full attention.
These groups are facilitated by Tineke and Jana. They are early childhood educators with years of experience but most importantly mothers with passion for supporting families and creating inviting and beautiful environments for you and your child to enjoy. They were fortunate to have completed the majority of Pennie Brownlee's courses which inspired us to provide a non-judgmental and reflective classes for parents and their children. They also both attended RIE® Foundations: Theory and Observation™ Course in February 2017.
"The way we bring up our children is what determines the kind of society we live in. Since the health of any society is dependent upon the emotional health of its children. Children’s well-being should be our top priority."
- Robin Grille
"What stands out the most when I think over the classes was simply the time and space this gave for me to focus and reflect on my own parenting. While it's something I aspire to build in to my own week, I came to really look forward to these sessions, as a time to really 'be' in my relationship with E., and to learn alongside everyone else. I found the readings in the book another useful moment in the week too, a chance to tune back in to that space of reflection and a positive reminder that simply being mindful is always the first step. I did find that the sessions themselves were what bought the readings alive for me, and so the book & the classes work well together."
- L., Parent & Infant group,
Parent & Toddler group participants
"I'm so happy to have discovered Oma Rāpeti! All the anxiety and perplexion around parenting seems to have vanished like a phantom. The work with the heart is wonderfully restorative. And given a better understanding of Sylvia's perspective on the world, I have been bought to an extremely agreeable place both mentally and spiritually. Thanks very much."
"Observe more, do less. Do less, enjoy more."
- Magda Gerber
"I've been coming to Oma Rāpeti play group for almost a year. My daughter and myself truly look forward to each session. I find the playgroup extraordinary, respectful and inviting. It's a kind of spiritual nutrition for me! Oma Rapeti staff revitalise the sense of connection between people through dialogue and lay foundations for a creative coexistence and respect. Jana and Tineke maintain a sincere faith in the humanity of the other person, they both engage in a frank exchange of views that actually benefit people. The parents are able to learn, open up and explore issues together and come to a deeper appreciation and understanding!'