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Blog: The Prepared Parent

Emma Wong Singh, our Montessori in the Home trainer, explains why the attitude you bring and how you conduct yourself is at the heart of a Montessori approach to parenting.Emma Wong Singh, Montessori in the Home trainer at the Maria Montessori Institute

From knowing when to step back to encourage independence, to being a role model for the behaviour you’d like to see, as Montessori said the first step is to “prepare” yourself. Here are some key ways in which we can moderate our behaviour and take a Montessori approach to parenting:

  • We are mindful about first standing back to observe before diving in to offer help. There will be times when help is needed, but there will also be situations when our child, given a little more time or a tiny nudge in the right direction, is able to overcome the challenge by themselves.  What this fraction of space may give them, is a feeling of agency: “I can do this by myself!”
  • We support our child though guidance and collaboration, instead of through ‘teaching’.  In this way, we are starting to nurture a feeling within, that signals confidence in their own abilities, preserves their sense of dignity and deeply respects their ability to direct their own development.
  • We constantly ask ourselves if we are the role models we would like to be for our child. Remaining curious and thoughtful about our actions and the words we choose to express our thoughts will help to reveal the very best version of ourselves.
  • We give our child choices from an early age. From two choices at first (would you like to wear the red or yellow hat?) then slowly expanding the choices offered, so that they are able to build up the capacity to make decisions.  This nurtures a decision-making mind-set when faced by a dilemma later in life; do I blindly follow the others, or do I decide for myself the best course of action to take?
  • We support our child to become independent in daily activities such as dressing, eating, toileting and sleeping, giving them the freedom they need to develop by themselves, for themselves. This encourages the full development of their personality.  To look after one’s own needs from a young age gives so much more to our child psychologically than the necessary physical skill.

    These are just some of the approaches we look at in our Montessori in the Home courses suitable for parents, childminders/nannies and anyone interested in Montessori in the home environment. These short online courses focus on key development stages – antenatal and the first year, from birth to three years and from three to six years. Students on the course also interact with each other and raise issues encountered in their own parenting or work.

Find out more or register for a Montessori in the Home course

Train to become a Montessori teacher

Study our AMI Diploma at a time to suit you. You’ll enjoy a rewarding career with great job prospects.

Montessori education is not about tests and hard knocks, it is joyful and child-led. Help children to find their path in life and contribute to a better world. And work in a happy and respectful environment.

  • We are the only UK training centre where you can gain the coveted AMI Diploma – qualifying you to work in any Montessori school in the world
  • There is high demand for teachers with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diplomas, the gold-standard of Montessori teacher training
  • 82% of our graduates are employed within 3 months of graduation.
  • We offer day-time, evening and summer holiday courses.
  • Students without a first degree may be interested in our degree route.

Be the teacher you always wanted to be. Find out more about our AMI Diplomas for teaching children aged 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12.


Interested in training with us? Come to an Open Afternoon

Visit our central London training centre to find out more about studying with us. You’ll get to explore our unique training environment, meet our staff, ask questions and find out about the different AMI Diploma courses we offer.

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Can’t make an open afternoon? Just call us during office hours on +44 (0)20 7435 3646 and we can answer your questions over the phone.

What’s coming up at MMI

Find out about our upcoming courses, workshops and events – registration/application for a place is required for all.


SCHOOL OPEN DAYS (for prospective parents)

We have a number of open days for prospective parents scheduled for the upcoming months. These open days are a great way to find out more about our school and different school sites.

To register for an upcoming open day, please click here.


TRAINING OPEN AFTERNOON (for prospective students)

Our Training open afternoons offer a good opportunity to find out more about the training courses we run. Our next open afternoons will run on the following dates:

  • 29th April, 3pm – 5pm (Fully Booked)
  • 9th May, 3pm – 5pm
  • 21st May, 3pm – 5pm
  • 5th June, 3pm – 5pm



Montessori in the Home 3-6 (11th May – 22nd June 2019)



8th April – 19th April 2019: Assistants Certificate Course 6-12 – Enrolment is now CLOSED

23rd April – 6th June 2019: Assistants Certificate Course 3-6



8th July 2019 – 28th August 2020: Montessori Diploma AMI 0-3 (two summer modular format)

15th July 2019 – 27th August 2021: Montessori Diploma AMI 3-6 (three summer, modular format)

20th September 2019 – 20th June 2020: Montessori Diploma AMI 3-6 (one year, day)

20th September 2019 – 19th June 2021: Montessori Diploma AMI 3-6 (two year, day)

24th September 2019 – 19th June 2021: Montessori Diploma AMI 3-6 (two year, evening)

17th July 2019 – 27th August 2021: Montessori Diploma AMI 6-12 (three summer, modular format)



15th & 16th November 2019: AMI Refresher Course 2019 – The Art and Science of Observation


Montessori UK training providers join together to host The Montessori Conference 2019

In September 2019, UK Montessori training providers will come together to deliver a Montessori annual conference at London’s QEII Centre, in the heart of Westminster.

The Montessori Conference 2019 will take place on 28th September 2019 and will mark the 100-year milestone of Montessori training in the UK. Montessori Centre International (MCI), Maria Montessori Institute (MMI), Bournemouth Montessori Centre (BMC) and The Montessori Partnership will host a large-scale, flagship event in one of the UK’s most prestigious conference spaces.

London’s QEII Centre has capacity for around 750 delegates. 14 different breakout sessions are planned, and a globally recognised list of keynote speakers will be announced from January. Further event details, including early bird ticket information, will follow.

Louise Livingston, MMI’s Director of Training said:

The Maria Montessori Institute is delighted to join other UK Training providers in celebrating 100 years of Montessori training in the UK. This innovative approach continues to be relevant today – it supports children to develop a life-long love of learning, grow into critical thinkers, and become active citizens and custodians of the world in which they live.

Barbara Isaacs, MCI’s Global Ambassador said:

“Montessori Centre International is proud to co-sponsor this important conference which will focus on the relevance of Montessori education today and in the future and demonstrate the significant contribution the Montessori approach can bring to the child and society.”

Martha Mason & Charlotte Warren BMC Directors said:

“Bournemouth Montessori Centre is delighted to be on the Steering Committee of this dynamic and exciting joint conference to celebrate 100 years of Montessori education in the UK.  As Dr Montessori wrote ‘This is education which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim.  This is the bright new hope for mankind’.

Helen Prochazka, Director, The Montessori Partnership said:

With its cosmic curriculum, its focus on independent learning and its gift of firing children’s creative imaginations, Montessori education is uniquely equipped to prepare today’s children for life in the global community. This is a significant conference, and the Montessori Partnership is excited to be one of the hosts.”

Further Information:

About the Maria Montessori Institute (MMI)

The Maria Montessori Institute promotes and delivers authentic Montessori education, as first developed by Maria Montessori. It is the only UK training provider to deliver the Association Montessori International (AMI) Diploma, an internationally recognised qualification.

The courses delivered by the Maria Montessori Institute have evolved directly from those first delivered by Dr Montessori and her son Mario between 1919 and 1951.The Maria Montessori Institute offers a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood with Montessori Pedagogy in collaboration with the University of East London, AMI Diploma courses and AMI Assistants courses renowned for their academic excellence. It also runs five exemplar Montessori schools in London for children aged 2 to 12.

About Montessori Centre International (MCI)

Montessori Centre International (MCI) is a provider of Montessori and Early Years Training and has trained 4,000 students over 20 years. MCI offers a range of nationally recognised qualifications including the Cache Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator) and has been delivering the Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice since 2009. Our blended learning approach combines face-to-face and online learning using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment. We also provide courses for childminders and parents, and free online open learning courses.

MCI is part of Montessori St Nicholas, a UK charity that carries out social impact work, a membership programme and since 2008, an accreditation and evaluation board which guarantees the quality of Montessori settings.

About Bournemouth Montessori Centre (BMC)

Bournemouth Montessori Centre provides authentic Montessori training for local, national and international students in our Centre on the south coast of England.   We offer a unique opportunity to study in small face to face groups. BMC runs full and part time Montessori Diploma courses incorporating Early Years Educator.  We also house an authentic and accredited Montessori Children’s House from birth to six years.  BMC are trustees and council members of Montessori Education UK, a national standards body for Montessori education in this country.

About The Montessori Partnership

The Montessori Partnership’s teacher training is just three removes from that delivered by Maria Montessori and remains true to her thinking and practice even as it evolves to meet the needs of modern children. Courses are face-to-face or a combination of flexible and open learning.  We award nationally recognised qualifications, offer CPD and parent workshops, and are enriched by our international student body. With individualised support our students realise their potential to become reflective, observant and practised Montessori professionals. The Montessori Partnership is a council member of Montessori Education (UK).

Montessori in the Home (0-3) Jan-Feb 2019

Explore why the early years from Birth to Three are so important and are the critical foundation for lifelong learning. Use the knowledge and practical wisdom of the Montessori approach to discover the child’s hidden potential.

Held over 6 Saturday mornings, the short course is aimed at parents and those planning to be parents. It will also be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about young children and their development.

Date: 12 January – 16 February 2019
Time: Saturdays 10:00AM – 12:30PM 
Venue: Riding House Street
Standard Fee: £270
Maria Montessori School Parents Fee: £240

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