AMI Montessori Foundation Certificate Course

Course Description

A prerequisite to the AMI Teacher Diploma course is completion of the AMI Foundation Course, which is a preparatory course run prior to the start of the 6-12 course. This course will be run at the Sydney Montessori Training Centre (SMTC) from October 2021.

This is a fantastic opportunity to attend an intensive course to discover the Montessori philosophy and approach to supporting child development. The course content includes the development of the 3-6 year old including an overview of the theory and concepts introduced in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture. There is specific focus on the materials and activities that prepare the child for the 6-12 work.

This great insight will assist educators, parents, carers as well as those considering studying for the AMI 6-12 Diploma and the AMI 3-6 Diploma course in the future.

The Foundation Course is an intensive course and immediately precedes the 6 – 12 course. It is designed to give a theoretical overview of the 3 – 6 year-old child and the essence of what the First Plane child experiences, learns and develops. The concepts, principles and developmental aims of those activities are discussed. The focus and demonstrations are on the materials and activities connected to the 6 – 12 work. This understanding forms the basis of the 6-12 course classroom work.


AMI Montessori Foundation Course Certificate of Completion

Qualification Authorising Body
The Certificate 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.
The Certificate does not automatically qualify the holder to teach. The state or country in which the Certificate-holder wishes to work may have other teaching requirements that must be fulfilled. In New South Wales, all teachers must be accredited to teach through the NSW Education Standards Authority.
Auxiliary Trainer
  • Kay Urquhart
  • Online and in-person at Southside Montessori School, 35 Lillian Rd, Riverwood NSW 2210
Delivery Mode

Block  – Blended Format

  • Theory and Practical lectures
  • Nine hours of observation
  • Assignments
Dates and times 

We are pleased to announce that we have, in consultation with AMI, adjusted the course schedule for the upcoming AMI Foundation Certificate Course to accommodate the current COVID-19 government and health guidelines regarding lockdowns and border closures.  This course will now commence on Tuesday, 26 October and will be delivered in a blended format in two blocks, with the first block to be delivered online via Zoom.

Block 1 will be delivered online via Zoom.

Block 2 will be delivered face to face at Southside Montessori School, 35 Lillian Rd, Riverwood NSW 2210

Please contact our office on 0451 309 620 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Block 1 – Online Dates Time
Week 1 Tuesday, 26 October & Thursday, 28 October 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Week 2 Tuesday, 2 November & Thursday 4 November 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Week 3 Tuesday, 9 November & Thursday, 11 November 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Week 4 Tuesday, 16 November – Thursday, 18 November 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Week 5 Tuesday, 23 November – Thursday, 25 November 2021 6pm – 8.30pm
Block 2 – Face-to-Face
Week 6 Monday, 5 September – Friday, 9 September 2022 9am – 5pm
Week 7 Monday, 12 September – Friday, 16 September 2022 9am – 5pm
Week 8 Monday, 19 September – Friday, 23 September 2022 9am – 5pm

Entry Requirements
Course Fees
$2,500 + GST (Excluding material and books)
Required Reading
To Educate the Human Potential
From Childhood to Adolescence
The Advanced Montessori Method, vols 1-2
Education and Peace
The Absorbent Mind
Recommended Reading 
The Secret of Childhood
The Discovery of the Child
The Formation of Man
The 1946 London Lectures
Education for a New World
The Child in the Family
The Child, Society and the World
What You Should Know about Your Child
Education for Human Development
Course outline and completion requirements