AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma

We have two upcoming AMI 0-3 Diplomas in blended format, with a mixture of online and in-person blocks. Our in-person blocks will be held in Sydney for the October 2024 commencing course and Brisbane for the January 2025 commencing course.

SydneyOctober 2024 to January 2026Blended block format – Sara Brady
Brisbane January 2025 to January 2026Blended block format – Julia Hilson

Course Description

The AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma is an in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy focusing on the developmental needs of children from birth to 3 years of age.


*AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma


  • Montessori Pedagogy and Philosophy
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Nutrition and Hygiene
  • Child Neuropsychiatry
  • Development of language and movement
  • Music, Art and Spiritual Development
  • Child Observation

Upcoming Course Schedule

Sydney Schedule – Blended Block format (October 2024–January 2026)

BLOCK 1 – Online
14 October 2024
11 November 2024
2 December 2024
Monday (online once a month)6pm – 9pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 2 – In-person
9–20 December 2024Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 3 – In-person
2-24 January 2025Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 4 – Online
10 February 2025
10 March 2025
28 April 2025
19 May 2025
16 June 2025
7 July 2025
11 August 2025
8 September 2025
20 October 2025
10 November 2025
Monday (online once a month) 6–9pm
(AEDT for February and March, October, November)
(AEDT for April to September)
BLOCK 5 – In-person
1 -19 December 2025Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 6 – In-person
5-23 January 2026Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEDT)


  • In Person blocks are held onsite at SMTC Balmain Training Centre, G6, 1-15 Barr Street, Balmain, NSW, Australia 2041

Brisbane Schedule – Blended Block format (January 2025–January 2026)

BLOCK 1 – In-Person
6 January 2025 – 31 January 2025Monday to Friday each week (with the exception of Monday 27 January which is a public holiday, no classes)8:00am – 4.30pm (AEST)
BLOCK 2 – Online
Between February 2025 and June 202515 x 3 hour online zoom sessions Details to be confirmed
BLOCK 3 – In-person
30 June 2025 – 18 July 2025Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEST)
BLOCK 4 – In-person
15 September 2025 – 3 October 2025Monday to Friday each week8:00am – 4.30pm (AEST)
BLOCK 5 – In-person
5 January 2026 – 30 January 2026Monday to Friday each week (with the exception of Monday 26 January which is a public holiday, no classes)8:00am – 4.30pm (AEST)
* Brisbane is in the AEST timezone for the entire year.


  • In-person blocks are held onsite at Brisbane Montessori School, 12 Mactier Street, Fig Tree Pocket Brisbane, Queensland

Course Fees

For information about our fees including discounts and instalment plans, please see our fees page:

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Upcoming Information Session

Register for our free online AMI Montessori Diploma Information Session to learn more about the course and hear from past students: Register for the next AMI Diploma information session

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Applicants apply by completing the online SMTC AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma Application Form.

Please contact our office on +61 451 309 620 or [email protected] with any questions. 

Application supporting documents

Certain supporting documents must be provided in support of an application . These can be submitted as attachments with the online application form above or may be emailed separately to [email protected].

Required supporting documents for an application are:

  • Current resume
  • Copies of all academic transcripts (we may request that these are certified).
  • Short 2 page statement, written in the applicant’s own words, on why you would like to undertake the AMI Diploma and what brought you to Montessori
  • 3 written signed reference letters (1 personal, 2 professional). Personal referees may not be family members.

Other Enrolment Requirements

The following matters may need to be addressed either before the course commences or prior to an in-person block depending on the circumstances:

  • If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) of 6 is required to undertake an AMI Diploma. There may be some exceptions to be discussed on a case by case basis. 
  • Non-residents are responsible for obtaining their own visas to enter and remain in Australia. Details regarding your visa should be provided with your application and visa documentation for non-residents must be provided before the first in person block.
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) or equivalent in the state, territory or country in which you currently work.
  • It is an AMI requirement that all AMI Diploma students hold current AMI membership for the duration of the course. SMTC may collect fees on AMI’s behalf if the student does not already have AMI Membership.

Certification Requirements

The AMI Diploma is awarded to students who:

  • Have satisfied the 90% attendance requirements
  • Are successful in the theory and practical examinations
  • Have completed coursework to the required standard
  • Have fulfilled the AMI Child Observation requirements (250 hours which are done outside of course hours)

Course outline and completion requirements

Required Readings 

The following texts can be purchased from Montessori Materials Australia as well as other suppliers:

Required Reading

*Qualification Authorising Body

The AMI Diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale and does not form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. 

AMI is considered the worldwide leader in Montessori education. Its certified training is acknowledged for its rigour and authenticity and the Diploma is internationally recognised. All Association Montessori Internationale Diplomas state the holder has “Studied the principles and practice of the Montessori method for children from birth to 3 years of age” and has “passed the written and oral examinations”

The AMI Diploma does not automatically qualify the holder to teach. The State or Country in which the Diploma-holder wishes to work may have other teaching requirements that must be fulfilled.

Courses – In Progress

  • Melbourne – September 2023 – October 2024

Melbourne Schedule – Blended Block format (September 2023–October 2024)

Melbourne- Blended Block format (September 2023–October 2024)

BLOCK 1 – Online
11 September – 3 November 2023Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening6 – 9pm (AEST)
BLOCK 2 – In-person
4–15 December 2023Monday–Friday8:30am – 4pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 3 – In-person
2–5 January 2024Tuesday–Friday8:30am – 4pm (AEDT)
8–19 January 2024Monday–Friday8:30am – 4pm (AEDT)
22 – 25 January 2024Monday–Thursday8:30am – 4pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 4 – Online
6 February – 27 February 2024Tuesday evenings6–9pm (AEDT)
BLOCK 5 – In-person
3–28 June 2024Monday–Friday8:30am – 4pm (AEST)
BLOCK 6 – Online
6 August – 27 August 2024Tuesday evenings6–9pm (AEST)
BLOCK 7 – In-person
16 September – 11 October 2024Monday–Friday8:30am – 4pm (AEDT)


  • Trainer – Julia Hilson
  • Northeastern Montessori School, 315 Aqueduct Road, St Helena, Vic, 2039 Australia (Melbourne)