"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, 'the children are now working as if I did not exist'."
-   Maria Montessori

Our Montessori Trainers

  • Are experienced and highly respected in the field of Montessori education, both nationally and internationally.
  • Are registered assessors and moderators with the ETDP SETA.
  • Hold Montessori Centre International (UK) Training and Examining certification.
  • Have a broad spectrum of additional higher education qualifications.
  • Are committed to the development of Montessori educators and schools on the African continent.
  • Participate in ongoing continuing professional development training both nationally and internationally.
  • Are active participants in Social Responsibility Projects such as providing teacher training in disadvantaged communities, collecting and distributing Montessori materials to schools in need and providing mentorship where needed.

Our specialist, outsourced lecturers (for elective modules) are experts in their respective fields and add a depth of understanding from the latest research in their area of expertise.

Training Venues and Lecturers


Training Venue

Courses Offered


Cape Town

Auburn House School
3 Auburn Road, off Main Road
T: 021 797 7872
E: capetown@montessorisa.co.za

Higher Certificate
All Diploma courses
Upgrade course

Sally Hall
Kirsty Wessels
Jacky Price
Penny van der Merwe


Ocean View Montessori School
32 Oxford Drive
Durban North
T: 082 900 3192
E: susanne@montessorisa.co.za

All Courses

Susanne van Niekerk
Lucy Watson
Anna Prentice
Umia Daya
Shellaine Foggin


Little Star Montessori
57 15th Street
T: 083 616 0887
E: laurie@montessorisa.co.za

Higher Certificate
All Diplomas

Laurie Parr
Lisette Niemand


Little Souls Montessori Pre-School
10 Apiesdoring Street
T: 073 226 0942
E: nelspruit@montessorisa.co.za

Introductory Course
National Diploma (from July 2013)

Tania Hodson-Hoare


Montessori Academy and College
Plot 84
T: 012 996 3312
E: heidi@montessorisa.co.za

All Courses

Heidi van Staden
Tania Coetzer
Mokgadi Phoshoko
Marike Viljoen
Sumaya Tar Mahomed


Our Affiliation with the South African Montessori Association

The South African Montessori Association (SAMA) was formed to provide a forum and representative body for Montessorians in South Africa. MCSA is a training institution member of SAMA. All MCSA trainers are individual members of SAMA and Heidi van Staden and Susanne van Niekerk have served on the SAMA Executive since its inception and are founding trustees of the original trust. MCSA students are encouraged to join SAMA as there are numerous benefits to our students which are detailed on the SAMA membership information that is given out at the first lecture.


Our International Affiliation

Montessori Centre International is the largest Montessori training centre in Europe. More students qualify through MCI each year than through any other Montessori training establishment in Europe. MCI have a huge global presence and offer courses and programmes in 90 countries around the world.

MCI is at the forefront of current thinking in child development. The courses offer a careful balance between practice and theory. All our newly qualified teachers begin working life, confident in their professional skills, and able to meet the responsibility of nurturing young minds.

MCI has recently introduced a Foundation degree, developed in partnership with and validated by London Metropolitan University, which is designed to provide a degree level qualification for the Montessori community. Currently only available to London-based students, this qualification combines the best of the London Metropolitan’s Early Childhood Studies with Montessori pedagogy for working with children from birth to seven years of age.


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