Early Childhood Diploma (2.5-6 years) Full-Time

Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Diploma  (Intensive Course) 

This course provides an intensive one-year training course for those wishing to work with, or (later) be in charge of nurseries for, children in the age-range 2½ – 6 years.


This course is accredited by MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education), an international body based in the U.S.A. (see http://www.macte.org/England.htm for details) This is the only Montessori qualification in the U.K. to be accredited in this way.  Re-accreditation was granted in December 2014 (the programs accreditation is a probationary accreditation for two years with stipulations to be addressed by 4.12.2016)

The course is also credit rated by the Open University.  Students who gain a merit in every subject area are awarded 120 CATS points, which can be used as advanced credit towards a degree. (see http://www3.open.ac.uk/credit-transfer/professional/award000713 _1_BD.shtm)

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) recognise the course as a Level 4 full and relevant qualification giving qualified status to either work in, or be in charge, of a nursery, (see http://eypquals. cwdcouncil.org.uk/public/guidance_for/practitioners/route2/index.asp?Filtertype=show&RecsPerPage=5&Filter=1&FilterList=24&QualificationText=#)

Entry Qualifications 

Candidates who are aged 18-21 years normally require two ‘A’ levels or equivalent (e.g. International Baccalaureate or GNVQ 3). Students without these may be accepted, subject to their being able to demonstrate (via written work and interview) that they could cope successfully with the work. A good school reference is required and, preferably, evidence of satisfactory work experience with children.

Mature students are accepted on the basis of their personal qualities and experience. No specific examination passes are required, but an appropriate ability with the English language must be demonstrated.


The following topics are included in the course:

The Child’s Environment ~ Life Skills ~ The Task of the Teacher ~ Educating the Senses ~ Observing Children ~ Teaching about the World ~ Language ~ How Children Think and Learn ~ Child Development ~ Creative Work ~ Early Mathematics ~ Nursery Management.

Course Structure 

Students attend the centre in Chiddingstone two days a week, in term times only, for a year. The  other two and a half/three days a week are spent either working in a Montessori setting, or doing work experience in a Montessori nursery, which will be arranged (as far as possible) to be near the student’s home.

Award of the Diploma 

The Diploma is awarded on satisfactory attendance (minimum 90%) and completion of the course, which is assessed by:

  • Written coursework, set throughout the course
  • Production of reference files on the practical materials
  • Detailed observations of children

Making of language and cultural teaching materials

Two three hour written examinations

An individual practical examination

Satisfactory completion of 400 hours practice teaching

Visits to oversee the teaching practice

  • Additional coursework, based on the practical experience

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