Assistants to Infancy(0-3) Diploma Course
AMI Montessori 0–3 Diploma
Assistants to Infancy (0-3)
The Assistants to Infancy Training Course prepares adults for the task of helping young children to develop the fullness of their individual human potential. The course provides an opportunity to study, in depth, Montessori pedagogy and practices along with current medical and psychological approaches to child development, including:
Montessori Pedagogy and Philosophy: The natural development of the child from conception to age three
Anatomy and Physiology
Obstetrics: Prenatal, birth, and postnatal development
Nutrition and Hygiene: Maternal care, digestive system, food preparation, and health issues
Child Neuropsychiatry: The nervous system and normal psychological development
Development of Movement and Language
Environment: Preparation of the home and infant community as an aid to human development
Music, Art, and Spiritual Development
The practical demonstration lectures deal with the care of the Infant in the Home and Community Settings. The preparation of the home, the furniture, the clothing and the developmental materials offered to children from 0 to 3 years of age in a Montessori environment will be presented. The principles on which the materials are based, the technique of presenting them to the child, the age at which they must be offered and the changes that need to be effected as the child grows will also be explored in detail.
During scheduled hours students will have an opportunity to practice with the materials and work on preparing child development timelines. Students will be supervised and guided in the preparation and use of the materials and encouraged to develop and practice the techniques by which they will present the various materials to children.
4.Care of the Environment
Students will also be asked to take responsibility for the environment everyday just as they would when they are with children. This is an essential aspect of the training that develops the student's eye for the care and maintenance of the material and helps them to develop a familiarity with the setup of a Montessori environment.
Students will have to arrange and undertake 250 hours of observation of children less than three years between the modules.
Students will need to undertake teaching practice in a Nido or an Infant Community for one week. During this time they will be shown how to keep a record of observations and as well as have an opportunity to work directly with children under the supervision of an AMI trained adult. Students will need to budget for their commute.
Students will need to submit a wide range of assignments at regular intervals during the course and between modules. Students will be required to write theory assignments and observation reports and prepare Reference Albums, timelines of child development. Students will need to do four to six hours of organized work at home every day in order to complete all assignments.
Students will be making several handmade materials suitable for the development of children less than three years. Students are required to budget an additional expense towards the same.
9.Email and Internet Access
Students will need access to Email and internet as information will be sent to them regularly by email. Some assignments will need to be submitted electronically.
Students must have 90% attendance for each aspect of the course including time taken off due to illness. Attendance records will be meticulously maintained throughout the year. In case of absence, students should notify the Director of Training in writing, at least one day in advance. In case of illness the student should inform the training center by phone or email immediately.
The Absorbent Mind
The Secret of Childhood
The Child in the Family
The Discovery of the Child
Education for a New World
The Formation of Man
The 1946 London Lectures
Understanding the Human Being
Education for Human Development
The Child, Society and the World
Education and Peace
The student's eligibility for appearing for the Examination will depend on the following:
90% attendance for each aspect of the course
Punctual completion and submission of all assignments called for in the course of the year
Full payment of the fees
Completion of required hours of School Teaching Practice
Completion of required hours of School Observations
Completion of required hours of Supervised Practice
There will be two written examinations. Paper A will be on psychology and theory. Paper B will be on the practical aspects with the underpinning principles.
There will also be an oral examination in which students will be asked to present the use of the material and explain the underlying theory.
An external examiner will be appointed by AMI to conduct the examinations. The diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori International after a successful written and oral examination and completion of all requirements for certification. The decision of the board of examiners will be final and binding. No appeals will be entertained after results are released.
Registered students who for valid reasons fail to appear for the examinations on the scheduled dates at the appointed time may be given the opportunity to appear at the examinations held the following year thereafter. They will have to apply for this opportunity in writing with a full and acceptable explanation. In case of medical grounds, a registered practitioner must attest the medical certificate. They will be charged the Examination Fee for the re-examination. Students appearing for re-examination in any of the four parts can do so ONLY the following year.
The AMI diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori International. It qualifies the holder to work with children in a Montessori environment between 0 and 3 years of age. Diploma holders have great opportunities to find employment in China and abroad. The diploma is recognized throughout the world. Many diploma holders have started their own schools.
Candidates fulfilling the following requirements will be considered eligible for admission into the course.
Completed 20 years of age
A Bachelor’s degree
To be considered for admission you need to submit the following:
Application Form duly filled in and signed by the applicant
Attested OR Certified Copies of all educational documents
Letters of reference from current or previous employers
Application Fee (150 USD)
Selected candidates will receive a letter of acceptance with a last date for the payment of fees. Once the fees are paid the candidate will receive a letter of confirmation along with the schedule for the first day.
Payable in full one month prior to the start of the Diploma course.
It can be refunded only within one month of the tuition collection period.
Full refunds will be given for classes that have already been paid before the commencement of classes. Two-thirds of the fees already paid are refunded prior to the total period of one-third of the amount will be refunded. A refund of one-half of the fees paid before the total teaching period is completed. Refunds are not