If you are looking for a place of heart connection and support for your parenting journey then contact the lovely team at Nurture People. Based in Auckland, they run parenting classes guided by their training in the gentle and respectful approaches of Pikler®, RIE®, Steiner and Pennie Brownlee - Dance with me in the Heart. They are a charitable trust and also offer home visits, online meet ups, play-groups and support for centres and teachers/caregivers. Co-founder Tineke Sutton was the former owner here at Oma Rāpeti, and the other founder, Jana To, was one of our wonderful teachers for many years. Please visit their website: https://www.nurturepeople.org/
Magic Child is run by Sharon Smith who is a certified RIE®️ associate. Magic Child is designed for parents, and early childhood professionals — carers of very young children. Based on the groundbreaking work of Magda Gerber and Dr Emmi Pikler, Magic Child provides advice and guidance, strategies, and on-hand mentoring to those caring for infants and toddlers.
Many of our team have completed the RIE®️ Foundations training with Sharon and we can highly recommend it.
New Zealand Infant and Toddler Consortium
NZITC is run by a wonderful team of Educarers®️ whose purpose is to share the respectful philosophy of Magda Gerber's Educaring®️ approach with whānau and early childhood settings in Aotearoa. We are lucky enough to have our brilliant Centre Manager, Malenka, who is on the board of NZITC.
The Food Tree
We highly recommend our friends Lorren and Rachael at The Food Tree for all things related to children and their food intake! Lorren used to work with us as an amazing reliever and has a wonderful way of understanding your children and their needs. Rachael is registered dietitian and will help you grow happy, healthy children. You can view more on their website or Facebook page.
If your child is school-aged and you live on, or near, the North Shore in Auckland, we recommend chatting to Sabrina at Ako. Just as Oma Rāpeti is a play-based centre, Ako is a play-based primary school. They often run excellent community talks and events, so make sure you like their Facebook page to stay in the loop.
Little and Brave Nappies
Here at Oma Rāpeti we use Little and Brave nappies (included in the daily rate). These are 100% compostable nappies - which are sent off site to be treated and turned into beautiful rich brown compost. We were a cloth nappy centre but made the swap to compostables and haven't looked back. Please feel free to email us if you would like to know more or check out Little & Brave's website.
Many of our team have attended Dance With Me in the Heart training, facilitated by the wonderful Pennie Brownlee. Visit her website for more information and useful resources.
Below are three books that guide our practice and approach - two of them written by Pennie Brownlee and the third written by Pennie Brownlee and Kimberley Crisp.
Further Recommended Books to Read
Here are some of our favourite books to read that align well with the approach we use here at Oma Rāpeti.
Click on the image and you will be taken to a New Zealand based website where the books can be purchased.