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AMI Diploma Assistants to Infancy (0-3)
The study of Montessori pedagogy and current medical and psychological approaches to child development from birth to three years.

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
A minimum 400 hours of classroom based training including lectures and supervised practice, and a minimum of 250 hours of observations of children from birth to three years.
Qualification Prerequisites
Please contact training centres for any prerequisities.
Application Requirements
AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are typically required to provide the following with their application:
AMICurrent resume
AMICertified copies of all academic transcripts
AMIShort essay, written in the applicant’s own words
AMISigned reference letters
Qualification Award
The AMI Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the AMI Requirements for Certification, a document that is signed by the Director of Training and the student upon acceptance into the course. In order to be eligible to sit for the written and oral examinations a minimum attendance of 90% is required in the following: theory lectures, demonstrations of materials in each area, discussions/reviews, and required reading seminars.

In order to receive the diploma the following requirements must be met: successful written and oral examinations, submission of acceptable albums in all areas, materials as required, observation and observation reports, practice teaching as scheduled.
Qualification Units
Completion of the units as specified is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
Montessori, MariaEducation for a New World
Montessori, MariaThe Absorbent Mind
Montessori, MariaThe Child in the Family
Montessori, MariaThe Discovery of the Child
Montessori, MariaThe Formation of Man
Montessori, MariaThe Secret of Childhood
Montessori, MariaThe 1946 Lectures
Montanaro, SilvanaUnderstanding the Human Being
Medical Text (provided by AMI)

Course Units

Theory and Psychology

Montessori Theory
Unit Code: AMID101
To include: Child Development/ the Role of the Adult / the Role of the Environment All lectures converge around the central concept of education as a help to life, the Study of the Child, Family, Community, and Human Relations, Self Awareness in Young Children. Special consideration is given to the development of movement, early language activities, and independence.


Anatomy and Physiology
Unit Code: AMID102
Provides background information on Anatomy and Physiology of several body systems.
Unit Code: AMID103
Provides background information on pregnancy, birth and the peuerperium.
Unit Code: AMID104
Provides background information on Nutrition.
Unit Code: AMID105
Provides background information on Hygiene, Child Health and Safety.
Child Neuropsychiatry
Unit Code: AMID106
Provides the student with comprehensive information on the child’s personality development and child neuropsychiatry. Additional information given to students includes Early childhood educators and contemporary issues in education; and Special educational needs.

Methodology by Subject

Psycho-Sensory Theory and Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID107
Activities for Visual, Tactile and Auditory Experiences, Eye-Hand Coordination and to support the Development of Equilibrium.
Home Environment Theoretical Introduction
Unit Code: AMID108
Provides practical information on how to create a simple, inexpensive, effective environment for the child at home.
Home Environment Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID109
Provides practical information on how to create a simple, inexpensive, effective environment for the child at home.
Communities Theoretical Introduction
Unit Code: AMID110
Practical guidance and principles on how to start communities for infants and toddlers in a community environment. To include the people working there, the amount of space (e.g. for sleeping, feeding, physical care, movement, etc.) covering the ages: 2 months – 14/16 months; and 14/16 months – 2/3 years.
Communities Demonstrations
Unit Code: AMID111
Language/Movement/Music and Art Activities. Exercises of Practical Life, to include care of the person, care of the environment (indoor and outdoor), Grace and Courtesy, Movement of Furniture, Food (organisational, preparation, and children’s activities).

Practicum and Observation

Supervised Practice
Unit Code: AMID112
Supervised practice workshops in which the student undertakes, over the course of the study programme, to complete the required amount of supervised practical work with the various materials in order to understand both their theoretical and practical applications. Sessions are structured to create a dynamic situation in which students can individually demonstrate how they would practically present activities to the child and then to discuss constructively with the group the effectiveness of that presentation and its essential elements. To relate the practicalities of the materials in respect of the development of the child.
Observation and Student Teaching
Unit Code: AMID113
Observation is at the core of the Montessori guide’s work. During the course students undertake 250 observation hours of children of different ages. Work experience for a mandatory number of hours in 0-3 environments must also be completed satisfactorily. Each student undertakes a self-assessment of their practice and is also assessed by those responsible for the environment.

Additional Sessions

Theory Discussions
Unit Code: AMID114
Theory Discussions are structured to create intimate discussion groups in which students can individually and collectively deepen their understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy in the light of their growing experience. Students may prepare seminar papers to present to the group.
Review Sessions
Unit Code: AMID115
Review Sessions enable students to review their understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy in the light of their growing experience and to prepare for examinations.
Classroom Management
Unit Code: AMID116
Seminars are structured to involve students in discussion on both practical and theoretical aspects pertinent to running a school.
Parent-Infant Sessions
Unit Code: AMID117
Parent-Infant Sessions gives an overview of running Parent-Infant programmes.
Supervised Reading Sessions
Unit Code: AMID118
The students are to read books and make use of them for both their written work/essays as well as practice with material and related discussions. The course reading list includes required and recommended titles.

Course Work

Written Work
Unit Code: AMID119
Each student is required to make reference manuals based on each piece of equipment shown to them. These reference manuals reflect the curriculum and are evidence of the student’s synthesis of knowledge.
Material Making
Unit Code: AMID120
Under supervision students will also engage in material making. All such materials are checked by the Trainer(s).