Friday, October 9, 2015

Is This on Your Term 4 to do list? Book Your Place on the AMI 0-3 Assistant Certificate Course, April, 2016 today!


Dear Maria Montessori Education Foundation Supporters

IMG_0749Congratulations to the students of the 5th AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate Certificate Course as they completed their 9-day course.

20 students from Queenstown to Matakana were ably guided by AMI trainer Philippa Romig from Switzerland and MMEF’s Carol Potts. The enthusiastic students traversed 60 hours of Montessori theory and practice with time in between for reflective and convivial conversations,walking on the line (picture), networking plus lots of singing!IMG_0707

We were extremely fortunate also to be joined by Kaiako Carol Smith, from the Peace Foundation, who’s knowledge and wisdom helped us to draw parallels between Maori kaupapa and the Montessori philosophy.

Our huge thanks to Steven Arnold and AUT for hosting the course.

Register for the 0-3 Assistant Certificate Course – Auckland, April 2016

clip_image0024_thumb1This week, schools and organisations will be receiving registration forms for MMEF’s forthcoming AMI Birth -3 Montessori Assistants Certificate Course to be held at the tranquil Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland in April 2016. Please display the details of this amazing course on your parent noticeboards and inform anyone with an interest in the natural development of young children under 3.

The Montessori philosophy guides adults in respectful interactions with children, these serve as a basis for collaborative relationships that honour partnership between the adult and child.

Research continues to validate that the early years of life, particularly from birth to three, permanently impact a child’s future.

The AMI Birth -3 Assistants Course is the ideal foundation course for anyone interested in the Montessori’s respectful approach to child development. Equally beneficial for parents, grandparents, educators, school administrators and anyone involved with or passionate about the care and education of young children.

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

Accommodation is available at the venue for those who  book early via

clip_image001We are extremely fortunate to have Julia Hilson, AMI 0-3 trainer from Australia, leading the course.

For more information please download the course brochure from our website at or click on this link .

You can also register for the course on-line  via the MMEF website too!

For further information email

More Professional Development Opportunities – Dates for Your Diary - 2016

On January 16th, 2016 MMEF will be offering a workshop on Material Making – Classified Reading Material with Cheryl Ferreira. Details will sent out shortly.

Towards the end of February (exact date tbc), MMEF will also be offering a workshop on Safeguarding Young Children including information on the Vulnerable Children’s Act.

It is essential that staff in centres attend a Child Protection workshop to refresh themselves on latest regulations, signs and symptoms and support agencies. Details will sent out soon.

All for Now.

Your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.