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AMI Montessori Diploma Assistants to Infancy 0-3
An in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy along with current medical and psychological approaches to child development for Montessori educators of children from birth to three years.

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
At least 400 hours of classroom based training including lectures and supervised practice (delivered as 18 weeks of full-time blocks/modules over one year). 250 hours of observations of children from birth to three years.
Qualification Prerequisites
Normal Admission: Degree holders
Special Admission: Consideration of other qualifications and experience
Admission by interview for all applicants
Qualification Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to:
be over 18 years of age
complete the course Application Form, referring to the Terms and Conditions therein
pay the Application Fee
comply with any course prerequisites
In addition, AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following documentation with their application:
Current resume
Certified copies of all tertiary qualifications
Short autobiographical essay to describe your past experiences and future direction, particularly relating to working with children. It must be written by the applicant in their own words, be typed, and of 2 pages in length. The essay should address the following questions:
- Why do you wish to follow Montessori training?
- How did you first learn about the course?
Three signed reference letters, two professional in nature and one character reference
Qualification Award
The AMI Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the components of the course requirements and the attendance requirement listed on the AMI Requirements for Certification document that is signed by the Director of Training and the student upon acceptance into the course. In order to be eligible to sit for the written and oral examinations a minimum attendance of 90% is required in the following: theory lectures, demonstrations of materials in each area, discussions/reviews, and required reading seminars.

In order to receive the diploma the following requirements must be met: successful written and oral examinations, submission of acceptable albums in all areas, materials as required, observation and observation reports, practice teaching as scheduled. Students deferred for any part of the examinations must retake that part the subsequent year and may resit only once. Students deferred for any part of the other requirements must fulfil that part the subsequent year. Should the training centre not hold a course and therefore examination in the subsequent year, the Director of Training will advise an alternate AMI training centre where the student may sit the examinations. All the expenses involved are for the account of the student. Students who fail Paper A and Paper B of the written examination and the oral examinations have failed the course.
Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
Montanaro, Silvana Understanding the Human Being
Montessori, Maria Education for a New World
Montessori, Maria The Absorbent Mind
Montessori, Maria The Child in the Family
Montessori, Maria The Discovery of the Child
Montessori, Maria The Formation of Man
Montessori, Maria The Secret of Childhood
  Medical Text (provided by ACMS)
Books can be ordered from

Course Units

Theory and Psychology

Montessori Theory
Unit Code: AMID101
Unit Contact Hours: 50 hours

To include: Child Development/ the Role of the Adult / the Role of the Environment
All lectures converge around the central concept of education as a help to life, the Study of the Child, Family & Community, and Human Relations, Self Awareness in Young Children. Special consideration is given to the development of movement, early language activities, and independence.


Anatomy, Physiology and Obstetrics
Unit Code: AMID102
Unit Contact Hours: 10 hours

Provides background information on Anatomy, Physiology and Obstetrics.

Unit Code: AMID103
Unit Contact Hours: 10 hours

Provides background information on Nutrition.

Unit Code: AMID104
Unit Contact Hours: 10 hours

Provides background information on Hygiene.

Child Neuropsychiatry
Unit Code: AMID105
Unit Contact Hours: 20 hours

Provides the student with comprehensive information on the child’s personality development and child neuropsychiatry. Additional information given to students includes Early childhood educators and contemporary issues in education; Special educational needs; Child health and safety.

Methodology by Subject

Psycho-Sensory Theory and Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID106
Unit Contact Hours: 25 hours

Activities for Visual, Tactile and Auditory Experiences, Eye-Hand Coordination and to support the Development of Equilibrium.

Home Environment Theoretical Introduction
Unit Code: AMID107
Unit Contact Hours: 15 hours

Provides practical information on how to create a simple, inexpensive, effective environment for the child at home.

Home Environment Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID108
Unit Contact Hours: 65 hours

Provides practical information on how to create a simple, inexpensive, effective environment for the child at home.

Communities Theoretical Introduction
Unit Code: AMID109
Unit Contact Hours: 15 hours

Practical guidance and principles on how to start communities for infants and toddlers an infant community environment. To include the people working there, the amount of space (e.g. for sleeping, feeding, physical care, movement, etc.) covering the ages: 2 months – 14/16 months; and 14/16 months – 2/3 years.

Communities Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID110
Unit Contact Hours: 65 hours

Language/Movement/Music and Art Activities. Exercises of Practical Life, to include care of the person, care of the environment (indoor and outdoor), Grace and Courtesy, Movement of Furniture, Food (organisational, preparation, and children’s activities).

Practicum and Observation

Supervised Practice
Unit Code: AMID111
Unit Contact Hours: 60 hours

Supervised practice workshops in which the student undertakes, over the course of the study programme, to complete the required amount of supervised practical work with the various materials in order to understand both their theoretical and practical applications. Sessions are structured to create a dynamic situation in which students can individually demonstrate how they would practically present activities to the child and then to discuss constructively with the group the effectiveness of that presentation and its essential elements. To relate the practicalities of the materials in respect of the development of the child.

Observation and Student Teaching
Unit Code: AMID112
Unit Contact Hours: 250 hours

Observation is at the core of the Montessori guide’s work. During the course students undertake 250 observation hours of children of different ages. Work experience for a mandatory number of hours in 0-3 environments must also be completed satisfactorily. Each student undertakes a self-assessment of their practice and is also assessed by those responsible for the environment.

Additional Sessions

Theory Discussions
Unit Code: AMID113
Unit Contact Hours: 20 hours

Theory Discussions are structured to create intimate discussion groups in which students can individually and collectively deepen their understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy in the light of their growing experience. Students may prepare seminar papers to present to the group.

Review Sessions
Unit Code: AMID114
Unit Contact Hours: 30 hours

Review Sessions enable students to review their understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy in the light of their growing experience and to prepare for examinations.

Classroom Management
Unit Code: AMID115
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

Seminars are structured to involve students in discussion on both practical and theoretical aspects pertinent to running a school.

Parent-Infant Sessions
Unit Code: AMID116
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

Parent-Infant Sessions gives an overview of running Parent-Infant programmes.

Supervised Reading Sessions
Unit Code: AMID117
Unit Contact Hours: 24 hours

The students are to read books and make use of them for both their written work/essays as well as practice with material and related discussions. The course reading list includes required and recommended titles.

Course Work

Written Work
Unit Code: AMID118

Each student is required to make reference manuals based on each piece of equipment shown to them. These reference manuals reflect the curriculum and are evidence of the student’s synthesis of knowledge.

Material Making
Unit Code: AMID119

Under supervision students will also engage in material making. All such materials are checked by the Trainer(s).