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AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate Assistants to Infancy 0-3

The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Nido or Infant Community.

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

Course Information

Qualification Delivery

Sixty hours at the Centre and nine additional hours of observation – either immediately after the course or parallel to the course. Specific topics to focus on will be given for observation.

Qualification Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Qualification Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to: 
AMI complete a course application form
AMI comply with any other local application requirements
Qualification Award
AMI Completion of course units.

Submission of three papers (500 words each) on topics set by the course, to be submitted by a date stipulated by the course director.


In order to obtain the Birth to Three Assistants Course Certificate a minimum of 90% attendance is required.

Qualification Units
Required Reading
It is recommended that selected reading from the four books listed below be undertaken during the course to prepare the Assistants for further reading after the course.
AMI Understanding the Human Being
AMI The Child in the Family
AMI Education for a New World
AMI The Absorbent Mind


‘The content of the course was delivered with passion and conviction. We listened keenly, wrote furiously, asked questions, shared stories, discussed differences and viewed inspiring videos, all under the trainer’s expert tutelage. I enrolled in the Certificate course to enrich my understanding of child development and Montessori principles. At the conclusion of the course I am deeply grateful to have participated in this group under the direction of our trainer Sara and I look forward with confidence to supporting the children with whom I have the joy and privilege of living and working.’ Prue Liger

Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC101

Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.

The Role of the Directress
Unit Code: AMIC102

Role of the Montessori teacher.

The Role of the Assistant
Unit Code: AMIC103

How to support the development of the child and assist the teacher. This will also provide an overview of how the parent can support the child’s development in the home.


Overview of the Planes of Development
Unit Code: AMIC104

Montessori’s framework outlining the different characteristics of needs of people at different stages of development and how we can support this.

The Child’s Mind from 0-6 Years
Unit Code: AMIC105

The Child’s Mind from 0-6 years also touching upon Sensitive Periods, but emphasising the power of the Absorbent Mind, particularly the Unconscious Absorbent Mind.

Unit Code: AMIC106

The importance of Order and Precision, with emphasis on the part Order plays in the development of the personality.

Movement 0-3
Unit Code: AMIC107

Development of Movement and its significance for the child under three. This also includes practising basic movements such as walking within the environment, carrying trays, chairs, materials, opening and closing doors, drawers, etc., as a model for the children in a Montessori Prepared Environment.

Unit Code: AMIC108

Overview of the development of language, also taking into account the following elements: preparation of the adult; use of language in general; the need for correct, precise, rich, scientifically exact vocabulary; techniques for vocabulary building; how to listen to children; how to elicit language; and how to give a 3-period lesson.

Unit Code: AMIC109

Overview of the development of independence, also taking into account different levels of independence—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, as conditions for interdependence. Practice how to help to dress and undress children under three and the importance of clothing for the development of children.

Prepared Environment
Unit Code: AMIC110

The role and nature of the Home, Nido, Infant Community environments (including the physical and the intangible aspects).

Freedom and Discipline
Unit Code: AMIC111

Understanding the concept of Freedom from the Montessori point of view and the growth of Discipline as an inner development the foundation of which is laid from birth to three.

Music and Art
Unit Code: AMIC113

Theory and techniques of music and art and how these can be offered to children under three.

Maintaining the Environment
Unit Code: AMIC114

The importance of maintaining the indoor and outdoor environment and the role of the assistant in relation to this.

Toilet Learning
Unit Code: AMIC115

Toilet learning in Nido and Infant Community.

Material Making
Unit Code: AMIC116

Introducing the techniques for making, mending and maintaining materials. Includes time for practical components.