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AMI Classroom Assistants Certificate Assistants to Infancy (0-3)

The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Nido or Infant Community.

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
Sixty hours at the Centre and nine additional hours of observation – either immediately after the course or parallel to the course. Specific topics to focus on will be given for observation.
Qualification Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Application Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to: 
AMIcomplete a course application form
AMIcomply with any other local application requirements
Qualification Award
AMICompletion of course units.

Submission of three papers (500 words each) on topics set by the course, to be submitted by a date stipulated by the course director.


In order to obtain the Birth to Three Assistants Course Certificate a minimum of 90% attendance is required.

Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
It is recommended that selected reading from the four books listed below be undertaken during the course to prepare the Assistants for further reading after the course.
AMIUnderstanding the Human Being
AMIThe Child in the Family
AMIEducation for a New World
AMIThe Absorbent Mind

Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC101
Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.
The Role of the Directress
Unit Code: AMIC102
Role of the Montessori teacher.
The Role of the Assistant
Unit Code: AMIC103
How to support the development of the child and assist the teacher. This will also provide an overview of how the parent can support the child’s development in the home.
Overview of the Planes of Development
Unit Code: AMIC104
Montessori’s framework outlining the different characteristics of needs of people at different stages of development and how we can support this.
The Child’s Mind from 0-6 Years
Unit Code: AMIC105
The Child’s Mind from 0-6 years also touching upon Sensitive Periods, but emphasising the power of the Absorbent Mind, particularly the Unconscious Absorbent Mind.
Unit Code: AMIC106
The importance of Order and Precision, with emphasis on the part Order plays in the development of the personality.
Movement 0-3
Unit Code: AMIC107
Development of Movement and its significance for the child under three. This also includes practising basic movements such as walking within the environment, carrying trays, chairs, materials, opening and closing doors, drawers, etc., as a model for the children in a Montessori Prepared Environment.
Unit Code: AMIC108
Overview of the development of language, also taking into account the following elements: preparation of the adult; use of language in general; the need for correct, precise, rich, scientifically exact vocabulary; techniques for vocabulary building; how to listen to children; how to elicit language; and how to give a 3-period lesson.
Unit Code: AMIC109
Overview of the development of independence, also taking into account different levels of independence—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, as conditions for interdependence. Practice how to help to dress and undress children under three and the importance of clothing for the development of children.
Prepared Environment
Unit Code: AMIC110
The role and nature of the Home, Nido, Infant Community environments (including the physical and the intangible aspects).
Freedom and Discipline
Unit Code: AMIC111
Understanding the concept of Freedom from the Montessori point of view and the growth of Discipline as an inner development the foundation of which is laid from birth to three.
Unit Code: AMIC112
Observation and its relevance. Technique and recording of observations. 9 hours observation to be completed in addition to course content.
Music and Art
Unit Code: AMIC113
Theory and techniques of music and art and how these can be offered to children under three.
Maintaining the Environment
Unit Code: AMIC114
The importance of maintaining the indoor and outdoor environment and the role of the assistant in relation to this.
Toilet Learning
Unit Code: AMIC115
Toilet learning in Nido and Infant Community.
Material Making
Unit Code: AMIC116
Introducing the techniques for making, mending and maintaining materials. Includes time for practical components.