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AMI 3-6 Diploma Course 2018 –Venue Announced and More!



Kia Ora Koutou Maria Montessori

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We are delighted to confirm that the venue for the AMI 3-6 Course starting in July 2018 will be Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany. The Lotus Sanctuary with its tranquility, light and space will be the predominant venue for the course. 


Accommodation is available on site too, contact the venue for the weekly accommodation rates.

AMI 0-3 Course Dates Confirmed

Some of  you expressed a preference for the earlier  proposed dates for Module 3, 2019 and indeed we can now confirm your preference. Here are the complete course dates:-

2018 Module 1 – May 14th – June 8st (4 wks.)

Module 2 – August 20th – September 21st (5 wks.)

2019 Module 3 – Jan. 7th – Feb. 8th (5 wks.)

Module 4 – May 13th – June 7th (4 wks.)

*Dates may be subject to slight change

Visit to download the 0-3 & 3-6 Diploma course information.

AMI 3-6 Certificate Course, April 17th – 28th 2018 (9 days) in Auckland.


The on-line registration form is now available – simply click on the link to register

To download the course brochure – click on

AMI 3-6 Trainer – Carol Potts

Who is the Course for?

  • parents of children aged 2.5 – 6years
  • ECE teachers working in a 3-6 Montessori environment who would like to gain an AMI Certificate
  • administrators and trustees with a profound interest in the 3-6 age child
  • anyone considering studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma.

When is it?

Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April, 24th & 26th – 28th April (9 days). This allows for time in between to complete the 9 hours of observation.


Yarnton House, Royal Oak & Glendowie Montessori Pre-school. See course brochure for full details.

And finally, He Waka Eke Noa – We’re All in This Together

Noho ora mai, ra


AMI 0-3 Diploma Course–Application Deadline



Kia Ora Koutou Friends of MMEF

Applications are now arriving for the Diploma courses starting in 2018. As we all near the busy term of the year – this is a timely reminder for those of you considering applying IMG_9559for the AMI 0-3 Assistance to Infancy Diploma. To assist with the course arrangements MMEF require applications to be received by 15th December.

Please contact Carol on if your application is in process yet is unable to be with us by this date. We acknowledge those of you who have already informed us. Visit and download the course information today. Don’t miss out!

AMI 3-6 Diploma starting July 2018, Interviews Underway

The first few interviews have been scheduled and the venue will be announced next week! Watch this space.

AMI 3-6 Certificate Course April 17th – 28th (9 days) in 2018

The previously muted dates for a Certificate course in January have been shelved and instead we are delighted to announce the dates of the receptaclenext 3-6 Certificate course: April 17th – 21st, 24th & 26th – 28th, 9 days in total. 3 days mid-course have been observed for completion of the 9 hours of observation as required.

The venue will be Yarnton House, Royal Oak, Auckland and Glendowie Montessori Preschool on the two Saturdays. The registration form will be available next week.

Visit the and download the course brochures for either the 0-3 & 3-6 Diploma Courses TODAY.

Noho ora mai, ra


Level 7 AMI 3-6 Diploma & AMI 3-6 Trainer Celebrations!


MMEF_LogoAMI 3-6 Diploma accepted by NZQA as a Level 7 Qualification

MMEF is delighted to announce that the AMI 3-6 Diploma will remain on the NZQA framework though now as a new Level 7 Diploma. We are extremely pleased with this outcome!

In a nutshell – what does this mean?

– The AMI 3-6 (Level 7) is acknowledged by NZQA as meeting the rigour and quality of a Level 7 qualification.

– MMEF can accept international students on the AMI 3-6 course (Level 7) starting in July 2018.

– AMI 3-6 Course (Level 7) graduates (without a BTchg (ECE) will be able to gain cross credits towards the BTchg (ECE) with the Early Childhood Education Institute Te Rito Maioha. We are currently communicating with the tertiary provider to finalise exactly what this will look like for our students.

AMI 3-6 Trainer – from Aotearoa, New Zealand

IMG_2522 (2)Close on the heels of our success with NZQA, Carol Potts became New Zealand’s first AMI 3-6 Trainer.

We congratulate Carol for her sheer persistence! This whakatauki seems to be most befitting…Te Toia Te Haumatia Nothing can be achieved without a plan, work and a way of doing things.


AMI Assistance to Infancy, 0-3 Diploma Course Venue

venue-lotus-1-kawai-purapuraWe’re thrilled to announce that the venue for the 0-3 Diploma course starting in May, 2018 will be Lotus Sanctuary, Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany, Auckland.

This peaceful, tranquil setting received glowing reviews from the attendees of the 0-3 Certificate Course last year. We cant wait to transform it into a home environment and infant community next year!

Kawai Purapura also offers accommodation on site – please visit their website for further details on accommodation. It is highly recommended to book early

We can also confirm the dates of the modules:-

Module 1 : May 14th – June 8th (4 wks)

Module 2 : August 20th – September 21st (5 wks)

Module 3 TBC soon: Either Jan. 7th – Feb. 8th or Jan. 28th – March 1st (5 wks).

Module 4 : May 13th – June 7th (4 wks)

Dates may be subject to slight change. Some Saturdays will be included to make up for public holidays. Visit for the course brochure and application form.

Dates for next AMI 3-6 Certificate Coursesbook the dates and send your feedback!

Due to the high level of interest in the AMI 3-6 Certificate Course, the next Certificate course has been confirmed for  April 2018 during the school holidays.

The dates are17th April – 21st April & 24th -28th April – 9 days (ex. Anzac day 25th April). Further details will be out very soon.

Proposed AMI 3-6 Certificate Course – in response to several enquiries e.g. “Do MMEF offer the AMI Certificate Course outside the school holidays?”. We are proposing to offer the 60 hour course in a different format, this time over 6 days from 15th – 20th January and 3 additional Saturdays 17th & 24th February & 3rd March in Auckland if there is sufficient interest.

Please let us know by end of 6th October if this format is of appeal to you or your team.

Don’t miss out 0-3 Workshop hosted by MMEF & Montessori Aotearoa, NZ

There’s still time to register for the 0-3 workshop with Ferne Van Zyl, Australia – October 14th & 15th, Auckland.

‘Supporting Freedom, Self-Discipline & Language’  is a must weekend tailored for teachers, parents, whanau and anyone with a profound interest in the development of young children.

Here’s a snippet of what to expect:

  • Learn how to communicate with children to support and develop self-discipline – how to talk so that the young child will listen.
  • Discover practical strategies to establish routines, expectations and provide tamariki the ‘freedom with limits’ necessary for them to thrive.
  • Support the natural development of the child by understanding the principles of Montessori for those under 3: including; movement, communication, independence & self-discipline.

Register at

And finally…

Visit the and download the course brochures for either the 0-3 & 3-6 Diploma Courses TODAY!

Noho ora mai, ra


Latest News – 2 AMI Diploma Courses Starting in 2018!



Kia Ora Koutou Friends

Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Diploma course will begin in May 2018 with Julia Hilson – Director of Training

 At MMEF we’re still pinching ourselves to be offering training at the 0-3 level in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The demand for AMI training internationally is high generally yet being able to secure an AMI trainer at the 0-3 level was no mean feat!  
Julia Hilson, 0-3 AMI Trainer, has been juggling her commitments and has confirmed dates for the first and last modules, the 2nd and 3rd module dates will be finalised shortly.
Julia said, “I’m delighted to be able to strengthen the understanding of the importance of the first 3 years of life, in this part of the world”. We are delighted too! 
The 0-3 course will be offered over four 4-5 week modules (18 weeks in total, face to face delivery) plus observations, starting in May 2018 and concluding June 2019. *Dates may be subject to slight change*
The full course details, including course brochure, application form and payment options, will be posted on the new MMEF website –  set to go live by Friday 21st July. Download your information pack then.
 AMI 3-6 Diploma Course 2018 – 2020
Can you believe it – not 1 but 2 AMI Diploma Courses, 0-3 and 3-6 will be offered in New Zealand starting in 2018!
The AMI 3-6 Diploma Course Information Pack will be also be ready for you to access and download from the new look MMEF website. MMEF have included several payment options for centres, to coincide with funding payments. 

MMEF and MANZ Under 3s Workshop – Ferne Van Zyl October 14th & 15th, Auckland
Recent news from Australia,

Delegates at this year’s Montessori Early Childhood Conference in Brisbane were raving about Ferne van Zyl’s workshops focusing on the child from 0-3 years”.  

12342524_10153821828131663_9058730096006804551_n(1)We can also enjoy this highly rated presenter, courtesy of MANZ and MMEF, as AMI 0-3 trained adult and mother of 4, Ferne Van Zyl will be offering the following workshop in Auckland – October 14th & 15th.

Supporting Freedom, Self-Discipline  &  Language is a workshop designed for parents, whanau and educators.
Over these 2 days Ferne will provide a foundation of understanding plus leave you with a kete of skills to encourage positive behaviour in young children. Strategies for communicating with young children leading to the development of self-discipline will be amongst the topics explored. Download the brochure by clicking below on the link

And finally,
Kia kaha to the 31 students embarking on the AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate Course in Hamilton next week.
We wish you all well – be open, be inclusive and be on time!  

Noho ora mai, ra


Next 3-6 AMI Diploma Course to start July 2018!



Kia Ora Koutou Friends of M.M.E.F.


New 3-6 Diploma Course Dates!

It was great to see so many of you at the recent conference in Hamilton and equally wonderful to be able to share our recent news – the next 3-6 Diploma Course dates beginning in 2018.

Following your feedback we’ve decided on a modular format with 3 and 4 week modules starting in July 2018. The application form and related information will appear on the MMEF website shortly. In the meantime, click here for a copy of the course dates

Level 7 Diploma Application in Process

We’ve been busy aligning the AMI 3-6 Diploma to a Level 7 qualification and we’re almost ready to submit it to NZQA. As part of the process MMEF have been communicating with Wellington based ECE Training Provider Te Rito Maioha regarding possible pathways for AMI graduates without a B.Tech. ECE). Watch this space;)

Early Bird for AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate

Course, July 2017 ends May 26th, don’t miss out!


Who by – Carol Potts, AMI Auxiliary 3-6 Trainer, Aotearoa, New Zealand will facilitate the course.

The venue – Waikato Montessori Education Centre, Hamilton.

The dates – Monday 10th July – Saturday 15th July. Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th July. The hours will be 9-5p.m, with 1 day (Tuesday 18th July ) 12.30-8.30p.m.

The dates will include 2.5 days to complete the 9 hours of observation required as part of the course.

Click in the link to download the course brochure and click on to register on-line.

And finally,

6-12 students

Congratulations to the AMI 6-12 Certificate Course students on completing their observations.

Your certificates will soon be in your much deserving ringa!

Kia kaha kia maia kia manawanui

– be strong, be courageous and be willing. All for now, MMEF

On-line Booking Now Available for AMI 3-6 Certificate Course – July, 2017



Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate Course, July 2017

As many of you prepare for the last few days of the school year, we’re delighted to send you the course brochure and on-line booking links for next year’s AMI 3-6 Assistant Certificate Course, Hamilton in July.

DSC_6668Who by – Carol Potts, AMI Auxiliary 3-6 Trainer, Aotearoa, New Zealand will facilitate the course.

The venue – Waikato Montessori Education Centre, Hamilton.

The dates – Monday 10th July – Saturday 15th July. Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th July. The hours will be 9-5p.m, with 1 day (Tuesday 18th July ) 12.30-8.30p.m.

The dates will include 2.5 days to complete the 9 hours of observation required as part of the course.

Click in the link to download the course brochure and click on to register on-line.

Kia Kaha to the Students of the 2015-2017 AMI 3-6 Course

As the AMI students prepare for their final summer module starting January 3rd, 2017, we say, kia kaha ! Remember those often sung words – E tu Kahikatea, Awhi mai awhi atu, Tatou, taou e.

And finally, kia ora kotou and thank you for your on-going support and encouragement during 2016. Season’s greetings to you all.


Na matou noa, na

Tia, Anna, Carol & Shirley – MMEF

AMI 3-6 Level 7 Diploma Qualification Survey



Kia Ora Kotou Friends of Maria Montessori Education Foundation

In light of the recent NZQA ECE qualifications review – MMEF is seeking your feedback regarding their Level 7 Diploma application.

We’ve prepared a short 3-question-survey that will take no more than 5 minutes to complete – really! We sincerely appreciate that it’s a busy time of year though your input is vitally important to us.

Please click on the link below to answer 3 concise  questions – now! Responses required by Dec. 9th.

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Please remember your thoughts, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Kia ora rawa atu,

Carol, Tia, Anna & Shirley – MMEF