Saturday, May 11, 2019

Courses, Workshops & Conferences. Coming Up!


Kia Ora Koutou Friends of MMEF

We hope you are all enjoying the cooler days and the beauty that comes with the changing colours of Autumn.

For those ready for more Montessori learning – or to dip your toe in for the first time – there are several upcoming MMEF courses and workshops offering you that exciting opportunity. Read on to learn more!

AMI 90 Years LogoAMI 3-6 Certificate Course
The first course coming up is the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course in Auckland from September  9th – 19th. Ensure to book before Friday, August 2nd to receive the early bird discount.

Who is this Certificate Course for? This course is ideal for any of you who are seeking a formal introduction to the Montessori system of education. For new Montessori centre owners, this is an ideal introduction to the Montessori pedagogy for ALL your ECE qualified staff.  And for any of you who are considering studying for the next AMI 3-6 Diploma Course (Level 7) commencing March 30th, 2020—this really is a must!
Find out more by downloading the course brochure at and book online at
Above: Students practicing Grace and Courtesy groups, which also feature during the Certificate Course
MMEF/MANZ 0-3 Workshop on 12/13 October 2019
Your next opportunity is the October Workshop in Auckland. Once again, MMEF is joining forces with Montessori Aotearoa NZ (MANZ) to bring you:

'The Montessori Professional – Sometimes a Mentor, Always an Advocate for the Child’  with Pam Staton, AMI 0-3, 3-6 from Sydney, Australia.

Many of you told us how much you enjoyed last year’s 0-3 workshop with Sarah Breckenridge. Pam Staton was Sarah’s mentor, and she joins us to deliver this year’s workshop.
Pam (left) comes with a wealth of experience: both from her years of mentoring teachers, and from her collaborations with parents and support of young children’s development.
Pam is the mother of three Montessori children and five Montessori grandchildren. She joins us with 28 years of Montessori teaching experience—27 of those at Inner Sydney Montessori School during which time she established the under-3 programme for the school. Pam holds both AMI 0-3 and 3-6 qualifications, and we are thrilled to be welcoming her soon! Register here:

Montessori Aotearoa Conference, July 2019 – See You There!

Just as many of you will already be preparing to attend the MANZ annual Conference, MMEF is preparing our stand to welcome you all. Do come and say hello. We always love talking to and meeting all our readers and supporters—and we do love answering your questions.
This year we’ll be able to give you information about all our forthcoming AMI courses, along with exciting news for our 6-12 Montessori community – watch this space. 
We will also have several insightful Montessori publications for sale, and a delightful new book called Little People Big Dreams – Maria Montessori, which (quite frankly) no self-respecting Montessori environment should be without. Also on the stand will be some inviting, affordable and functional Preliminary Practical Life materials. So do make sure you come and check us out! 

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And finally, for those of you considering studying for the next AMI 3-6 Diploma course March 2020 – October 2021 Below is a wee glimpse of our current students at work. Just think, next year this could be you!
Introducing the Conjunction

Division with the Golden Bead Material

The AMI 3-6 diploma is the qualification introduced by Dr. Montessori herself, which only MMEF is affiliated to deliver here in Aotearoa NZ. 
Become immersed in the world of Montessori, and experience for yourself the transformative process that all our students say happens to them in training for their own AMI 3-6 Diploma—the Montessori diploma delivered here that is recognised worldwide.
Research increasingly demonstrates that online study is incomparable to face-to-face learning—and this is so much more the case for the hands-on Montessori pedagogy. The AMI face-to-face course we offer (delivered over several 3- and 4-week modules so that you can work and study) allows you to get hands-on experience with the Montessori materials in a beautiful, supportive environment, while enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow students: to engage with, to be motivated by, and to reflect with. 
It really is a life-changing experience!

Visit to download the course information for the next AMI face-to-face Montessori diploma delivered here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Students who have graduated from the course tell us, “It’s intense, it’s profound and it’s life changing!” – download the course brochure today at or email
We look forward to offering you your first considered steps on the Montessori adventure!

PS: Calling all Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists MMEF is Seeking Premises

As many of you know, MMEF has been on the hunt for many-a-year for the perfect permanent home for our training centre. Perhaps you may know of somewhere that is just what we’re looking for? Or know someone, or some organisation, seeking to offer such a space? The ideal space would be around 150 square metres, in a major centre, and with close connections to nature and to public transport—and of course at least as beautiful and welcoming (and economical!) as our present space. Any pointers any of you can give us will help us with our hunt. 
Please contact us at if you have any ideas or for any further information about this, or about anything else in this newsletter. 
And let us leave you with this final thought:

“If education is it be reformed, it must be based upon the children. No longer is it enough to study great educators of the past…further I protest against myself being hailed as the great educator of this century. What I have done is merely to study the child, to take and express what he has given me, and that is called the Montessori Method”.                             Montessori, The Child in the Family.

        Noho ora mai - MMEF

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New AMI Certificate & Diploma Courses for 2019–2020


Kia Ora Koutou Friends & MMEF Supporters

With just a few weeks remaining of a wonderfully productive year for MMEF, we’re delighted to end the year by announcing news of several AMI courses to start in 2019 & 2020!
Starting with ...
AMI 3-6 Certificate Course September, 2019
After much consultation with centres and teachers, and following a successful 0-3 Certificate Course that was held mid-term in September, we’re trialing something new!
With increasingly fewer centres closing for the Primary school holidays, to make it easier for both teachers and working parents, we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering the next AMI Certificate Courses also mid-term – September 9th – 14th & 17th - 19th, 2019  (9 days)
Let us know what you think!
Download the course information form at and book online at

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AMI 0-3 students with AMI Trainer Julia Hilson & 0-3 Course Assistant Carli Hausler

AMI 6 – 12 Diploma Academic Year Format starting March 2019, Sydney very exciting news for primary teachers; the AMI 6-12 Diploma will be offered as a full-time course commencing March 2019, led by AMI Trainer Rebecca Dallam. (A prerequisite to the course is completion of the AMI Foundation Course, which is a 5-week full-time preparatory course run prior to the start of the 6-12 course.) This course will be run in February 2019, directed by AMI Trainers Carol Potts & Ruby Lau. For more information visit

****And Announcing: The next AMI 3-6
Diploma, April 2020- October 2021 ****
Associatation Montessori Internationale logoThe real foundation and your bedrock introduction to the Montessori world is the AMI 3 to 6 diploma course – for which we are now taking enrolments for the 2020 intake!
Immerse yourself in the world of Montessori, and experience the transformative process that can happen with an AMI 3-6 Diploma.
With research increasingly demonstrating that online study is incomparable to face-to-face learning, in which you can enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students to engage, motivate and inspire, in the only face-to-face Montessori diploma delivered in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  
The next AMI 3-6 Diploma (modular format) will commence in
April 2020 and run to October 2021, extending over seven
3-4 week modules, plus 10 weeks of observation & Teaching
This format allows you to work and study, at New Zealand’s only accredited AMI Montessori training centre!
The course brochure will be available in the New Year – email for course dates.

Why Not Gift Yourself or a Colleague an AMI
Membership for 2019?
AMI JournalLooking for the ideal Christmas present? Then why not give yourself, or a colleague, the gift of AMI membership!
The benefits are endless:

  • Support the Association Montessori Internationale, a global organisation, committed to preserving the legacy of Dr Maria Montessori and advocating for the rights of children worldwide.
  • AMI membership is open to everyone, not only AMI Diploma or Certificate holders.
  • As an AMI member, you are part of a growing Montessori movement, communicating and collaborating for the benefit of all children.
  • You will receive digital newsletters and bulletins with news updates and events happening in the global Montessori community. (The latest AMI Journal is simply BURSTING with insightful articles, on everything from '”The Toddler and the Teenager” to ”Montessori’s Positive Psychology in an Expanding Universe.”
Email to become a member before 31st December.

And finally…
Meri Kirihimete. Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa.

Wishing you all a joyful holiday and a peaceful and prosperous 2019

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why Not Study the Theory-only component of the AMI 3-6 Diploma?

MMEF_LogoKia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

Study the Montessori theory-only component of the AMI 3-6 Diploma

MMEF are thrilled to offer school owners and admin. staff (ideal for those non-Montessori trained) the opportunity to join  us for the basic Montessori theory (psycho-pedagogy) component of the A.M.I. 3-6 Diploma starting on July 2nd!

The dates will be Monday July 2nd – Tuesday 17th July plus a few optional  theory lectures during the remaining 2018 & 2019 modules.

Not only will this expand your understanding of Montessori’s approach to child development, enrolling in this theory component will:

  • Enable participants to better support staff to create the optimum learning environments for young children.
  • Offer guidance and further support to parents and whanau regarding children’s phenomenal potential from birth to six and beyond.
  • Guide policies, internal evaluation and assessment according to Montessori theoretical principles.

Click on to download the course brochure and registration form here. Enrol before June 11th!

Dates: Monday 2nd July – Tuesday 17th July plus a few optional days during 2018 & 2019.

Venue: Lotus Sanctuary, Kawai Purapura Retreat, 14 Mills Lane, Albany.

Introducing our 3-6 Course Administrator

Jane copyWe are delighted to welcome Jane Watson as Course Administrator/Assistant for the 3-6 Diploma Course starting in July. 

Jane holds an AMI 6-12 Diploma and joins us with a wealth of experience in the field of education.

Piki mai, kaki mai Jane, welcome on board! 

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Monday, May 14, 2018

AMI 3-6 Diploma–Still Thinking About Studying This Year?


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Study!

FullSizeRender (3)A browse of the NZ Education Gazette will confirm the dearth of Montessori teachers in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Now you have the chance to study for the internationally recognised AMI 3-6 Diploma without leaving the country. Gain a wealth of experience and then travel the world!

How much fuller and richer life would be if we saw this child in all his beauty, instead of focusing on all the little mistakes? …with this change in our hearts we will want to study [the child] in all his different phases, to study all his miracles…we must give this development, this miraculous force, the help it needs. It needs the warmth of the heart and it needs understanding. Let us call this help Education”. Montessori, Maria.

Go to for full course information or email today.  Interviewing now!

Cross-Credits Gained Towards a B.Tchg. ECE with

Te Rito Maioha

We’ve mentioned previously that students completing the new AMI 3-6 Diploma Level 7 will be automatically cross-credited 1/2 year of study towards the B.Tchg. ECE.  For anyone - without a generic ECE Diploma or Degree – who may be considering this, you don’t need to wait to complete the AMI Diploma first. 

Recent discussions between MMEF and Te Rito Maioha highlighted that students who are not working can study the remaining 1st year papers on-line from July 2018. Once the AMI Diploma is complete, so too is the 1st year of your degree. For more details contact or 

Julia Hilson

AMI Birth-3 Certificate Course – Auckland

We are delighted to welcome back to New Zealand AMI 0-3 Trainer Julia Hilson in September to deliver the next AMI Birth -3 Assistants Certificate Course.  Places will fill fast, we encourage you to book soon!

This Course is an ideal foundation for anyone interested in Montessori’s respectful approach to the young child from birth to 3.  Equally suited to parents, grandparents, educators, school administrators and anyone involved with or passionate about the care and education of young children.

This 9-day course plus 9 hours of observation will explore Montessori principles while emphasising the importance of free movement and language development for infants and toddlers. Practical elements include; the art of observation, how to support independence and establishing a framework for toilet learning and much more…

The course will be held at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany from Monday 3rd - 7th & Tuesday 11th - 14th September 2018. Observation hours to be completed 8th-10th September. There’s accommodation on site too -

To download the course brochure click on To register on-line  click on the link Early bird discount applies until July 13th.

The Adult’s Role in Developing Communication and Language in the Bambini Community’ - 0-3 Workshop

After the success of last year’s MMEF & MANZ 0-3 Workshop – we’re thrilled to be partnering with MANZ again to offer another 0-3 P.D. opportunity on October 27th & 28th this year. Save the date!

Sarah Breckenridge 0-3 Director at Inner Sydney Montessori School (ISMS), will be offering a weekend brimming with information and delight as we marvel at the wonders of the child under three and the vast amount they learn in just 3 years! Explore how we adults can support and pave the way for rather than interfere with young children’s precious learning.

Venue: Glendowie Primary School, 217 Riddell Road, Glendowie.

Time:  9-4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Reflections of a 3-6 Certificate Course Student, May 2018

“I recently had the pleasure of attending the AMI 3-6 Assistants Certificate Course run by MMEF. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the life and discoveries of Maria Montessori and to put some of those ideas into practice!

The course was full to the brim with all kinds of learning activities and opportunities to listen, observe, read, discuss and try out new concepts.

We had a wonderful time exploring a very well laid out Montessori environment, teaching each other action songs, making three part cards and learning how to use them, and practising teaching Grace and Courtesy to each other!

Our trainer worked diligently to ensure that we had understood the implications of the absorbent mind in children between 0 and 6 and the role of the adult in supporting these children in their learning and in their discovery of the world around them. We learnt about how crucial it is for children’s attempts at independence to be honoured and valued and the importance of facilitating their learning through the use of specifically designed materials and child sized equipment. We learnt that adults working with children must act at all times with love and kindness knowing that “within the child lies the fate of the future. Maria Montessori

We all spent long nights staying up late writing essays about what we had learned … and a lot of time running around following small children as we attempted to take note of their every word and action during our observations. Truly every moment of the course was fascinating and inspiring thanks to Carol Potts who spoke with passion as she shared her knowledge, her experience, kindness and enthusiasm!”

Hayley Motiño – Nelson Bays Montessori

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Our latest cohort of 18 graduates from the April 3-6 Certificate course – prior to and during the closing poroporoaki. Kia kaha Tauira!

Nau mai & welcome to the AMI family.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Announcing Dates: 9-day 0-3 AMI Certificate Course, Sept.


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

Starting with sad news… MMEF regrets to announce that the 0-3 Diploma Course due to start in May this year, has been cancelled due to insufficient enrolments.

We are extremely disappointed given the interest that was conveyed amidst the preparation of making the AMI 0-3 training a possibility in New Zealand. We’ve really appreciated the encouraging communications we’ve had with centres and potential students though in the process.

On a positive note however…
In response to centres and potential student feedback and the boundless enthusiasm of AMI 0-3 Trainer Julia Hilson, we are delighted to be able to offer another AMI 0-3 Certificate Course over 9-days in September this year. The dates are 3rd – 7th & 11th- 14th September (9days) thus allowing for the observation component to be completed 8th – 10th.
The venue will be Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland.

The course brochure and on-line registration form is now available.

N.B. With increasing pediatric research stating the vital importance of development within the first 2 years of life now, if your centre enrolls children aged anywhere from birth to three – this course is a must for you!


How do I find out more about AMI Training Courses in Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Visit for the AMI 3-6 Certificate; Diploma Course brochure, application form and further details.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Friday, February 23, 2018

Early Bird Discount for AMI 3-6 Certificate Course ends March 9th - Don’t Miss Out!

AMI 3-6 Certificate Course, April 17th – 28th (9 days) Auckland

The early-bird deadline for the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course is fast approaching. Register and pay before Friday, March 9th and qualify for the early-bird discount – don’t miss out!
Who is the Course for?

  • parents & whanau of children aged 2.5 – 6 years
  • E.C.E. teachers working in a 3-6 Montessori environment who would like to gain an AMI Certificate
  • administrators, trustees  & ECE professionals with a profound interest in the 2.5 – 6  age child
  • anyone considering studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma.

DSC_6670Who By? AMI 3-6 Trainer – Carol Potts
When? Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April, 24th & 26th – 28th April (9 days). This allows for time in between to complete the 9 hours of observation.

Where? Yarnton House, Royal Oak & Glendowie Montessori Pre-school.

How to Enrol? To download the course brochure – click on To register on-line click on the link
A Worthwhile View
It’s around 8 minutes in length and well worth listening to:
Lillard.PhotobyTomCogill.2016.IMGL0303.1sqDr Angeline Lillard, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and author of ‘The Science Behind the Genius.’
“Dr. Lillard makes an important distinction between what authentic Montessori is and often what parents, educators and the public view as Montessori. Her research continues to support important outcomes in authentic Montessori”.

How do I find out more about AMI Training Courses in Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Visit for the AMI 3-6 Certificate & Diploma Course brochures, application form and further details.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

AMI 3-6 Certificate Course, April–Don’t Miss Out!


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Friends
This first newsletter of the year comes to you with wishes for a wonderfully productive and fulfilling 2018! Hopefully, you’ve all had some time to recharge and refresh in preparation for what looks to be a purposefully engaging year.

3-6 Certificate Course, Auckland – April

If you haven’t already – do send in your applications for the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course from April 17th – 28th - 9-day course. 
Due to high demand, we had to close applications for the last Certificate course, don’t miss out this time.
Follow the links for AMI 3-6 Certificate Course brochure at and register online.

AMI 0-3 Diploma Deadline

In a previous newsletter, MMEF asked that applications for the 0-3 AMI Diploma Course be submitted before the end of 2017. Thank you to those of you who made it!
At your request, we have extended the deadline to Friday 23rd February latest. 
At this time MMEF will decide if there is sufficient interest for the 0-3 Assistants to Infancy Training to proceed.

The venue is booked, a highly sought after AMI 0-3 trainer secured, all that’s left to do is for you to submit your fully completed applications NOW!

Here’s what previous 0-3 students have said of the course,
Thinking about studying for the 0-3 course could be a daunting experience, especially when you may need to be away from your friends and family for periods of time. Yet I made the decision and let me tell you, this course has completely changed my life! “ 
“There is almost nothing similar in a 0-3 environment when comparing it to a 3-6 environment. Every piece of material is used in a totally different way with the children in the first half of this plane of development. Nothing in my 3-6 training helped prepare me… I can say, hand on heart, there is no possible way I could run a successful 0-3 class with my 3-6 training such is the difference. What I did get from the training was a deep and profound understanding of a totally different child

AMI Course Information Evening- Wednesday 21st February at 7- 8.30p.m.

  • Would you like to know more about the Montessori approach to child development?
  • Are you considering enrolling for one of the AMI Courses commencing this year?
  • Why is current neuroscience endorsing an approach to education that began over 110 years ago?
If you have an interest in child development and considering a career applying Montessori principles - join MMEF for this informal evening.

Venue address: Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre,14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland. Park in the public carpark on Mills Lane and follow the tree-lined path up the hill. RSVP by Friday 16th Feb. to

AMI 3-6 Diploma starting July 2nd, 2018        
Interviews underway – apply today!

Dates: 2018 Module 1 - July 2nd to 27th – (4 wks.)
Module 2- September 24th to 12th October – (3 wks.)
2019 Module 3 - January 7th to 25th (3wks)
Module 4 - April 8th to May 3rd (4 wks.)
Module 5 - July 1st – 19th (3wks)
Module 6 - September 30th to October 18th (3 wks.)
2020 Module 7 - January 6th – 31st (4 wks.)
Plus 3 weeks of Observations & 7 weeks of Teaching Practice.

Venue: Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland – accommodation available on site.
Director of Training: Carol Potts – AMI 3-6 Trainer.

Go to: 
for course brochure, application form and further details.

Noho ora mai - MMEF

Monday, December 18, 2017

Credits for AMI 3-6 Diploma (Level 7) to B.Ed. Tchg. (ECE)


Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters

As the year draws to a close MMEF are delighted to end the year on a high note. jonge-jongen-die-een-trompet-blazen-68091784

MMEF & Te Rito Maioha are delighted to announce - graduates of the AMI 3-6 Diploma (Level 7) will automatically receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for 2 papers towards a B.Tchg. (ECE). This equates to about half a year of study which will be credited. Exciting news indeed!

Further details will be available early in 2018.

And once again, wishing you all Season’s Greetings - Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Staff Appraisals + Budget Setting + Future P.D. goals = AMI Training

Kia Ora Koutou MMEF Supporters
We really enjoyed seeing many of you at the MMEF/MANZ 0-3 workshop recently, and from your feedback, you enjoyed the weekend too!
In fact, arising from many informal chats over that weekend MMEF came up with the idea for a new website page entitled Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which we’ve devoted to answering your questions around training.
Do you have a question? Visit the FAQ page at and you may just have it answered. And do keep those questions coming. 
PrintAMI Professional Development 2018
As we approach the end of the school year – as many of us are winding up staff appraisal goals, considering next year’s P.D. and revisiting the budget for next year – don’t miss the following AMI courses: 
AMI 3-6 Certificate Course – April 17th – 28th (9 days)
Download the course brochure here
and register on line here

AMI (Assistants to Infancy) 0-3 Diploma Course starting in May 2018 with Director of Training – Julia Hilson.
If you own, manage or spend your days in an environment with babies and infants under three – it will never be easier to access quality AMI Montessori training tailored to support the essential construction of the personality during the1st three years of life.
Applications for the AMI 0-3 Diploma Course are required before Dec. 20th alternatively, to assist MMEF with its planning, please email by this date if your application is in process. Centre managers & owners – see the multi payment options for centres which have been especially aligned with funding payment dates.  
AMI 3-6 Diploma Course starting July 2018. Director of Training – Carol Potts  
Interviews are well underway for the 3-6 Diploma Course (Level 7) don’t miss out. Download the course information at today!  

Are You AMI trained & Seeking a New Role in 2018?  
MMEF is currently seeking a Course Assistant/Administrator to work alongside the Director of Training on the 3-6 Diploma course starting in July 2018. Download further details here or email  
AMI 0-3 &3-6 Course Information Evening – February 2018

venue-lotus-1-kawai-purapuraMMEF and friends will be hosting a joint 0-3 & 3-6 Course Information Evening in the Lotus Sanctuary at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, 14 Mills Lane, Albany on Wednesday February 21st at 7.00p.m. Join us as we explore 'Montessori -an Aid to Life'.  
New email address
As many of you will be aware Vodafone discontinued their email services on November 30th, hence MMEF has a new email address. Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome. 

Kia ora rawa atu,