Short Courses, Workshops and Events


The Maria Montessori Institute is pleased to announce short courses for parents interested in understanding more about how the Montessori principles can be used in the home to nurture children’s development.

The courses, consisting of 6 sessions each, are aimed at parents and those planning to be parents. They will also be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about young children and their development.

Montessori in the Home (0-3) for Children from Birth to Three years

Explore why these early years 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.

Date: Saturdays; 5th/12th /19th  October,  and 9th/16th/30th November 2019
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Maria Montessori Institute, 41 Riding House Street London W1W 7BE

Standard Fee: £270

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Montessori in the Home (3-6) for Children from Three to Six years

Explore the tremendous potential present in the child aged three to six years and how to nurture it at home.

Use the knowledge and practical wisdom of the Montessori approach to support the child’s love of learning.

Dates and details of the next Montessori in the Home 3-6 course TBC


A one-day workshop for Montessori teachers to learn how to apply Montessori principles to sport, particularly football

Led by the former Head of Talent Development at Dutch football team AFC Ajax, Ruben Jongkind, this unique training reverses football’s usual focus on the coach and results, instead putting child development at the centre of the activity.

The course incorporates Montessori teaching principles and practices and is suitable for staff working in a Montessori environment.

You will learn:

  • About the benefits of sports and particularly football for the Montessori child aged 3-12 years
  • How to deliver football with Montessori principles looking at topics including: the relative age effect in youth football, the four planes connected to football, self-regulation and coping
  • The basic tenets of a prepared Montessori sports environment
  • How to develop your own ball skills
  • How to observe in real time and through training videos

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“Football and the like do not have for their sole purpose the accurate moving of a ball, but they challenge us to acquire a new skill . . . and this feeling of enhancing our abilities is the real source of delight in the game.”
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p.164

About the Trainer
Ruben Jongkind has coached footballers and athletes including elite 800 metres athlete Bram Som and was Head of Talent Development at Dutch football club AFC Ajax. Ruben was introduced to the Montessori philosophy through the son of Lynne Lawrence (Executive Director AMI) who he coached at the AFC Ajax Youth Academy. Ruben started implementing Montessori principles into his football coaching with great results and became inspired by the work of Montessori. He decided to dedicate himself to the improvement of education through the power of football. Together with Patrick Oudejans he founded Montessori Football which is now running in Montessori schools in China and Australia.

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: 26 Lyndhurst Gardens, London NW3 5NW
Fee: £105

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The workshop covers 7 hours of content (excluding breaks). Practical sessions will take place and participants will need to wear sports clothes and sports shoes.

Those who attend the full workshop are issued an AMI Workshop for Montessori Football Certificate of Attendance.

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AMI Refresher Course 2019 – The Art and Science of Observation

Observation of the child is the foundation on which the entire Montessori approach rests. It is only through observation that we can elucidate the child’s inner drives and ‘provide motives for activity so well adapted to the child’s interest that they provoke his deep attention’.

Observation is both an art and a science that every Montessori teacher must acquire in order to help children to fulfil the promise gifted to them by nature.

In this year’s AMI Refresher we will explore the Montessori approach to observation including an introduction to the use of the Montessori work curves. The Refresher will be delivered as a hands-on workshop helping participants to acquire the practical skills needed for good Montessori practice. The workshop is most suitable for those currently working with children.

This workshop, presented by AMI Trainer, Louise Livingston, is suitable for all AMI Diploma holders and non-AMI Diploma holders.

Please note to be awarded the AMI Refresher Certificate you must hold an AMI Diploma, have valid AMI Membership and attend both days. Non-AMI Diploma holders will receive a Maria Montessori Institute Professional Development certificate of attendance.

Course Details

Dates: Friday 22nd  and Saturday 23rd  November 2019
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Venue: Maria Montessori Institute – 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE

Standard Fee: £130
Early Bird Fee: £115  Valid until 20th September 2019

Tea/coffee during breaks and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

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The Montessori approach to Dementia and Ageing aims to enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia by creating an environment in which individuals can do as much for themselves and others as possible, rather than having thing done to or for them.


Course details
Date: Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: Pax Lodge, Olave Centre, 12c Lyndhurst Road, London NW3 5PQ

Fee: £290

Tea/coffee during breaks and a light lunch will be provided.

Find out more and book your place now.