"The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth."   -   Maria Montessori

Montessori Centre South Africa has been established as a joint venture between Susanne van Niekerk and Lucy Watson of Follow the Child Montessori Teacher Training College and Heidi van Staden formerly of The Montessori Academy for Teacher Training. Both institutions have been offering quality training in South Africa for over twenty years and have now combined to further serve the diverse needs of students across the region. We are accredited and verified providers with the ETDP SETA and are in the process of becoming accredited with the Council on Higher Education and the Department of Education. Our national accreditations coupled with our long-standing association with UK based Montessori Centre International (Europe’s largest training centre) allows us to offer a variety of Montessori training options which are detailed below.

  • Introductory Course (3 – 6 years)

    This course is aimed at support staff (such as cleaners and other helpers) already working in a Montessori environment, domestic workers caring for children, and au pairs who do not meet the entry requirements for our other courses, or who just wish to gain a basic understanding of the Montessori environment.

    A basic introduction to Montessori philosophy is covered and participants are given practical examples of how to implement the Montessori approach in both the school and the home setting.

  • Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development (3 – 6 years)

    The Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development is a SAQA-registered level 5 qualification in early childhood development that is accredited by the ETDP SETA.

    This one-year, 120-credit qualification is designed to equip graduates to work as teacher assistants in a Montessori pre-school.

    This is also an ideal qualification for those persons already working as assistants in Montessori environments who do not yet hold a qualification. Graduates will be able to obtain registration with SACE.

    This course is NOT designed for prospective Montessori teachers. Persons wishing to work as a qualified teacher in the Montessori preschool should consider one of our Diploma options instead.

  • National Diploma in Early Childhood Development (3 – 6 years)

    The National Diploma in Early Childhood Development is a 2-year SAQA registered Level 5 qualification in early childhood development that is accredited by the ETDP SETA. This qualification combines full Montessori training with the requirements of the National Diploma portfolios of evidence. Upon qualification, National Diploma students may obtain full registration with SACE.

    This qualification is idea for students who are wishing to ultimately run their own classroom or preschool.

  • International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy [Montessori Centre International, UK] (3 – 6 years)

    The International Diploma originates from Montessori Centre International in the UK, Europe’s largest Montessori training college. The diploma is accredited in the UK and is widely recognised across Europe.

  • Dual Diploma (3 – 6 years)

    This diploma combines the National Diploma and the MCI International Diploma and allows students to obtain both a nationally accredited diploma as well as the international qualification.

    We are currently the only Montessori Training Institution in the country that is able to offer a DUAL DIPLOMA, thus giving our students excellent career opportunities both in South Africa and the world.

  • Upgrade Early Childhood Development Diploma Course (3 – 6 years)

    This is a 1-year course for existing Montessori Early Childhood Development graduates who wish to have a nationally accredited level 5 qualification added to their existing Montessori qualification.

  • Distance Learning (3 – 6 years)

    This online study option qualifies the student who is unable to attend part-time lectures with a Montessori Centre International (UK) International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Early Childhood). We offer the support structures for Distance Learning students in South Africa for those intending to study online.

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