AMI Montessori 0-3 Orientation Certificate

Course Description

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants to Infancy Course is intended as an introduction to the philosophy and practice of the Montessori approach for the child under the age of three. This course is helpful for administrators, classroom assistants, nannies, doulas, carers and childcare professionals and anyone interested in human development in the critical first years of life. It is an invaluable insight into the child for parents, parents-to-be and grandparents. It is an ideal foundation for those who may be interested in taking the AMI Montessori Assistants to Infancy Diploma (an in-depth study of pregnancy, birth and the child until the age of three).

Course content includes reading and discussion on Montessori pedagogy such as freedom and self-discipline, the importance of the prepared environment, the role of the adult and order. Toileting, movement and language are also studied as they contribute to a child’s independent development.


AMI Montessori 0-3 Orientation Certificate

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

The Certificate 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 the Certificate is internationally recognised.

The Certificate does not automatically qualify the holder to work as an Early Childhood Educator or Assistant. The State or Country in which the Certificate holder wishes to work may have other requirements that must be fulfilled.


Delivery Mode

The course components include lecture, reading and discussion and practical activities for a total of 60 hours. There are nine additional hours of observation, and students must submit an observation report and three short papers during the course.

This course will be delivered online in a part-time format

33 hours online:  You are required to be online, with your camera on, for all the live lecture sessions outlined above.

27 hours offline: Including recorded information, guided reading, material making and practice of movements and oral language.

Log-in details will be provided to students.

The face-to-face aspects facilitating connection are still present with synchronous (in real time) online components.

Course Schedules – Upcoming

  • note schedule for currently underway Courses is at the bottom of this page
7 May – 25 June 2024 
Part-time Online 
Tuesday 7 May 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Thursday 9 May 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Tuesday 14 May 2024 6.30pm – 9.00pm 
Thursday 16 May 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Tuesday 21 May 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Thursday 23 May 2024 6.30pm-9.00pm 
Tuesday 4 June 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Thursday 6 June 2024 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Tuesday 11 June 2024 6.30pm-9.00pm 
Tuesday 18 June 2024 6.30pm-9.00pm 
Thursday 20 June 2024 6.30pm-9.00pm 
Tuesday 25 June 2024 6.30pm-9.00pm 
All classes are in AEDT which is the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. 

How to apply

Course Fees

$1,400 AUD + GST (Excluding materials and books)
As this course is entirely online, GST is only payable by persons undertaking the course located in Australia or who are Australian residents.
Instalment payment arrangements to suit you circumstances can be considered on request by email to [email protected].

Required Reading

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

  • Understanding the Human Being
  • The Child in the Family
  • Education for a New World
  • The Absorbent Mind

Course Outline and Completion Requirements

The AMI Montessori 0-3 Orientation Certificate is awarded to those who complete all of the following requirements. You must;  

  • maintain a minimum 90% attendance (your camera must be on and you need to be visible to the instructor to qualify as being in attendance);  
  • complete nine (9) hours of observation of children aged 0 to 3 years; 
  • complete an observation report; 
  • complete three (3) short 500-word papers; and 
  • prepare handmade materials. 

AMI Assistants Programme Birth to Three

Courses currently underway

Online with Julia Hilson from 29 January to 19 February

29 January to 19 February 2024 with Julia Hilson

29 January – 19 February 2024
Part-time Online
Monday 29 January 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 31 January 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 3 February 2024 9.30am-12.30pm
Monday 5 February 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 7 February 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 10 February 2024 9.30am-12.30pm
Monday 12 February 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 14 February 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 17 February 2024 9.30am-12.30pm
Monday 19 February 2024 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Please note that all classes are in AEDT which is the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.