EYLF Integration Course: Aligning Authentic Montessori Practice with the EYLF


When:This course commences in February 2024 and ends in November 2024.
The course includes 8 sessions and 20 hours of classes plus readings and preparation.
3rd Monday of each month during term time from 6pm to 8.30pm.*
Trainer:Amy Kirkham, 3–6 AMI Trainer
Designed for:– School and centre leaders
– Educators in early years environments
Format:Live online via zoom
Cost:$550 (AUD) plus GST (pay upfront or in 5 instalments of $110 plus GST)**

DISCOUNT of $160 plus GST for small schools with 60 or fewer students
(use discount code MIGHTY160 at checkout)
*All times are AEST or AEDT which is the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.
**GST is not applicable for non residents


Course Overview

This practical course delivered by AMI 3-6 Trainer, Amy Kirkham, is designed to help educators and educational leaders in early years and childcare settings enhance their skills and knowledge to fulfil the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) standards whilst staying true to authentic Montessori practice. 

Would you like to have more confidence with communicating how the Montessori approach meets and exceeds the EYLF standards?

Have you been disheartened or frustrated by hearing “you have to…” or ” the EYLF says you can’t…” resulting in less authenticity in your Montessori program?

Or perhaps you are unsure about how your Montessori practice can satisfy elements of the EYLF?

Join us for over the 2024 year, to explore the fusion of authentic Montessori principles and practice with the EYLF.

2024 Focus – EYLF Quality Area 1

In 2024, our focus is on Quality Area 1 – Educational Program and Practice. We will consider each element of standards 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 to gain a comprehensive understanding of these benchmarks and how these are reflected in our Montessori environments.

What else can you expect?

  • Expect valuable practical examples! We’ll bridge the gap between theory and practice, illustrating how Montessori philosophy and practice naturally aligns with EYLF principles.
  • Revisit Montessori principles and have the confidence in implementing these, while also fulfilling the EYLF.
  • Practice how to effectively communicate the alignment between Montessori practice and the EYLF to educators, parents and regulators alike.

Course Structure

This course is run in 8 sessions across the year, two a term, with each running for 2.5 hours in the evening on the 3rd Monday of the month. Each session builds on those before it.

There will be an opportunity for 30 minutes of Q&A, a reflection on the previous session as well as plenty of examples and (optional) further reading.

In between the sessions, we recommend participants take the opportunity to implement the learnings from the last session so that over the course of the year, there is a continued alignment of the Montessori practice in your classroom or classrooms with the standards.

Come with questions, be prepared to share, discuss and learn from the experiences of others.

Session content

Term 1

Session 1 

Element 1.1.1  Approved learning framework 

Curriculum decision-making contributes to each child’s learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators

Session 2 

Element 1.1.2  Child-centered

Each child’s current knowledge, strengths, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of the program.

Element 1.1.3 Program learning opportunities

All aspects of the program, including routines, are organised in ways that maximise opportunities for each child’s learning.

Term 2

Session 3

Element 1.2.1  Intentional teaching 

Educators are deliberate, purposeful, and thoughtful in their decisions and actions.

Element 1.2.2  Responsive teaching and scaffolding 

Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and extend children’s learning through open-ended questions, interactions and feedback.

Session 4

1.2.3  Child directed learning 

Each child’s agency is promoted, enabling them to make choices and decisions that influence events and their world.

Term 3

Session 5

Element 1.3.1   Assessment and planning cycle 

Each child’s learning and development is assessed or evaluated as part of an ongoing cycle of observation, analysing learning, documentation, planning, implementation and reflection

Session 6

Element 1.3.1 continued

More exploration and discussion around observation, effective record keeping and documentation

Term 4

Session 7

Element 1.3.2   Critical reflection

Critical reflection  on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, drives program planning and implementation

Session 8

Element 1.3.3   Information for families

Families are informed about the program and their child’s progress.


Term 1, Session 1Monday 19 February 20246pm-8.30pm (AEDT)
Term 1, Session 2Monday 18 March 20246pm-8.30pm (AEDT)
Term 2, Session 3Monday 20 May 20246pm-8.30pm (AEST)
Term 2, Session 4Monday 17 June 20246pm-8.30pm (AEST)
Term 3, Session 5Monday 19 August 20246pm-8.30pm (AEST)
Term 3, Session 6Monday 16 September 20246pm-8.30pm (AEST)
Term 4, Session 7Monday 21 October 20246pm-8.30pm (AEDT)
Term 4, Session 8Monday 18 November 20246pm-8.30pm (AEDT)
* all times are in AEST or AEDT, the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.


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Participants achieving 90% attendance will receive a certificate of completion from SMTC. Alternatively, participants will receive a letter confirming sessions attended if less than 90%.