Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy 2016!


We do hope the year has started well for you all.


The new year is indeed off to a flying start for the AMI 3-6 students who are all safely back with us and traversing Language and Mathematics this module.

Yesterday they joined MMEF’s Material Making - Language workshop at AUT - attended by 42 keen and receptive participants.

Cheryl Ferreira started the day by reminding us of the importance of oral language experiences as young children construct their own unique language/languages from all that they find in their environment.

The richer their oral language experiences the more enriched the child’s vocabulary becomes and the more prepared they will be for later writing and reading. 

We also explored ways of introducing the classified cards to the children and challenged ourselves as we made sets of classified reading material & discussed ways to display them in the environment. One attendee said of the day,

“equally as much as the information graciously imparted was the opportunity to network with friends old and new. What a great start to my Montessori year!”

AMI 0-3 Assistant Certificate Course

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The Lotus Sanctuary at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany will be the venue for the 9 day AMI birth - 3 Assistant Certificate Course starting April 18th – 28th, 2016. Julia Hilson will be the AMI trainer for the course and we couldn’t be more thrilled!            

Register on-line and pay just 50% of the course fees before Friday February 12th, 2016 and you’ll still receive the early bird discount.  The remainder of the course fees are to be paid by Thursday March 31st,2016 (please tick the 50% deposit option on your registration form).

Alternatively, you can make 1 payment in full - though do take advantage of the early bird discount and register by Friday February 12th. Pass this news on!

For the course brochure, go to our website at or click on this link

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

Accommodation for 0-3 Certificate Course

We have a number of potential attendees for the 0-3 Assistants Assistant Course who are seeking accommodation in the area.

Are you planning on attending the course in April and have a spare room or two? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please email

Should you require accommodation at the venue – email or call Angela on 09 415 9468.

Safeguarding Young Children Workshop (incl. the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014)

Spaces are still available for this workshop on Thursday 25th February at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland facilitator – Desma Cornhill.

clip_image001_thumbHave all of your staff attended a Child Protection workshop? It’s best practice to do so!

Here’s the perfect opportunity to develop a team approach to those vulnerable in our communities.

The workshop will include:-

  • Protecting and safeguarding our children
  • Signs and symptoms of neglect and abuse
  • Reporting
  • How to develop a child protection policy
  • Advice concerning identification – who would this involve?
  • Three year reviews, Ministry of Education licensing and certification criteria & ERO

Cost - only $60.00. BYO food.

Book the dates in your diaries – booking forms will be available shortly. In the meantime, email for more information.

Ka kite ano, MMEF