What is Montessori?
Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome medical school. She became interested in education through her work as a doctor. Montessori opened the first Casa Dei Bambini in January 1907 in the slums of Rome. Through observing children she designed an environment where children were given the opportunity to choose materials prepared to reflect the culture and learning experiences appropriate to them. Montessori believed that children are born with an inner drive for independence. She described this force, called “horme” as “a vital force active within him which guides his efforts towards a goal”.
The Montessori curriculum is divided into six areas: Activities for Everyday Living (AEL); Sensorial; Numeracy; Literacy; Knowledge and Understanding of the World and Creativity. These areas of learning are planned for in both the indoor and outdoor environment.
Why choose Montessori?
Our Montessori Early Years Educator courses are designed to develop a high level of professional competence in students who wish to become teachers of the Montessori Method for children from birth to 7 years. The overview of important educational philosophies provided by the course enables students to construct a coherent set of educational values alongside detailed study of the Montessori philosophy and approach. Students are also given precise instruction in the use of teaching aids designed and applied by Maria Montessori. The syllabus includes Montessori Philosophy, Child Development and Psychology, Observation and Assessment, Contemporary Issues, Safety and First Aid, Child Health, Care and Nutrition, Exercises of Practical Life, Education of the Senses, Literacy Skills, Mathematics, Cultural Subjects (history, geography, biology and science), Art and Craft, Music and Movement, Drama and Special Needs.
Why choose MCI Hampshire:
At this local MCI centre we offer a state of the art part-time course for the Early Years Educator Qualification in Montessori Pedagogy at Levels 3 and 4 for teaching children aged birth – 7 years, jointly certified by Crossfields Institute and CACHE. Our students include people of all ages and from a range of disciplines. So whether you are a parent, someone interested in initial teacher training, or a teacher wishing to expand your qualifications, you will find the course suitable for you. At MCI Hampshire, our classes are small and we believe the support and pastoral care you receive is second to none but don’t just take our word for it, here is what our students have to say: