AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma

Upcoming Courses 

Sydney – December 2022–January 2024


* To obtain the early bird price you must submit your application and pay your initial deposit of $500 + GST to SMTC on or before 31 August 2022.

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

Register for the information session

Melbourne – September 2023–October 2024 – Proposed (details of this course will be made available once approval has been received from AMI) 

Courses – In progress

Brisbane – September 2022–January 2023

* Please find further details outlined below.

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

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 as 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 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.


  • 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
  • Preparation of a developmental environment

A more detailed description of the Course and units is available here.

Award of Diploma

The 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 Schedules

  • Sydney – Block Format – December 2022 – January 2024
Block 1
Monday – Friday 5 – 16 December 2022 8am – 4:30pm
Monday – Thursday 19 – 22 December 2022 8am – 4:30pm
23 December 2022 – 1 January 2023 HOLIDAYS
Tuesday – Friday  2 – 5 January 2023 8am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday 9 – 20 January 2023 8am – 4:30pm

Work to be done between blocks

  • Monthly student discussions 
  • Research papers on symbiosis and weaning
  • Medical self-paced reading and revision 
  • Material making
  • Practice teaching and self-reflection paper
  • 250 hours of observations and summaries to be handed in monthly
Block 2
Monday – Friday 4 – 22 December 2023 8am – 4:30pm
23 December 2023 – 1 January 2024 HOLIDAYS
Tuesday – Friday  2 – 5 January 2024 8am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday 8 –12 January 2024 8am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday 15 – 19 January 2024 8am – 4:30pm
Monday – Thursday 22–25 January 2024 8am – 4:30pm


Director of Training

  • Sara Brady 


  • Sydney – 756 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 Australia (Sydney

Schedule times are AEST.


  • Courses underway

Brisbane – Blended part-time – September 2021 – January 2023

*Applications are closed for this course


The scheduled online component will be delivered as live lectures via Zoom.

The face-to-face component must be attended in person and will be conducted at Brisbane Montessori School.

Director of Training

  • Julia Hilson


  • Brisbane Montessori School – 12 Mactier St, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069

Schedule times are AEST.

Required Readings 

By Dr Maria Montessori:

  • Education for a New World
  • The Absorbent Mind
  • The Child in the Family
  • The Discovery of the Child
  • The Formation of Man
  • The Secret of Childhood
  • 1946 London Lectures

By Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD:

  • Understanding the Human Being.

Medical text (Provided by AMI)

Recommended Readings 

  • By E.M. Standing: Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work

Further books will be recommended throughout the course



Course Fees


Entry Requirements

Application requirements

AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following with their application:

  • Current resume
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • Short essay, written in the applicant’s own words
  • 3 written signed reference letters (1personal, 2 professional)
  • If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) of 6 is required to undertake a diploma.
  • Visa documentation for non residents
  • It is an AMI requirement that all Diploma students hold current membership with them for the duration of their course. AMI membership costs 30 Euro for a 12 month period. AMI requires that SMTC collect membership fees on their behalf.

How To Apply

Course outline and completion requirements