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AMI Classroom Assistants Certificate Children’s House (3-6)
An introduction to Montessori pedagogy and training for the role of assistant in a Montessori early childhood centre or preschool classroom.

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
60 hours of classroom based training 9 hours of observations in Montessori early childhood or preschool setting
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
Completion of course units. Submission of three papers (500 words each). A minimum of 90% attendance is required.
Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
Selected reading from the following four books by Maria Montessori will be given out during the course:
AMIThe Secret of Childhood
AMIThe Child in the Family
AMIEducation for a New World
AMIThe Absorbent Mind

Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC201
Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.
The Role of the Directress
Unit Code: AMIC202
Role of the Montessori teacher.
The Role of the Assistant
Unit Code: AMIC203
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: AMIC204
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: AMIC205
How the child under 6 learns. Includes an overview of the absorbent mind and sensitive periods.
Unit Code: AMIC206
The importance of Order and Precision, with emphasis on the part Order plays in the development of the personality.
Movement 0-6
Unit Code: AMIC207
Development of Movement and its significance for the child under six. 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: AMIC208
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; how to listen to children; how to elicit language; and how to give a three-period lesson.
Unit Code: AMIC209
Overview of the development of independence, also taking into account different levels of independence—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, as conditions for interdependence.
Prepared Environment
Unit Code: AMIC210
The role and nature of the Home and Casa dei Bambini environments (including the physical and the intangible aspects).
Freedom and Discipline
Unit Code: AMIC211
Understanding the concept of Freedom from the Montessori point of view and the growth of Discipline as an inner development.
Social Development
Unit Code: AMIC212
Introduction to social development in the Montessori Children's House and how assistants can support it including essential grace and courtesy – greeting children, giving appropriate assistance in the cloakroom, etc.
Unit Code: AMIC213
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: AMIC214
Theory and techniques of music and art and how these can be offered in the 3 to 6 environment.
Maintaining the Environment
Unit Code: AMIC215
The importance of maintaining the indoor and outdoor environment and the role of the assistant in relation to this.
Material Making Techniques
Unit Code: AMIC216
Introducing the techniques for making, mending and maintaining materials. Includes time for practical components.