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Discover the fundamentals of the Montessori philosophy and present the main lines of pedagogy

Train competent Assistants in a Montessori Children’s House


Deepening the understanding of the Montessori philosophy through the study of his writings

Discover the sensitive periods, their manifestations. Understand their importance in the physical and psychic development of the child

Briefly discuss the usefulness and meaning of the observation

Some ways to adopt an attitude that promotes the development of childhood potential

Movement education, sensory improvement, preparation for writing-reading and mathematical reasoning.

How the child develops his personality and becomes a socially adapted being.

Role of the Assistant

The task of the Adult is not to present the material to the children, but rather to support and help the main educator to maintain balance within the environment. It is mainly responsible for:


Learn how and when to intervene (and not interfere)

Acquire the capacity to develop children’s autonomy because “any unnecessary help is a hindrance to the development of the child”

Knowing Montessori’s vision of the concepts of freedom and discipline

Accompany the child on the path of autonomy and self-discipline

Training duration

60 hours at the Training Center and eight additional hours of observation (immediately after the course or in parallel)

Observation in Montessori structure

2 mornings of 4 hours or 3 mornings of 3 hours

to be agreed with the training center

Cost of course

1100 fr. + registration fee: 150 fr.

Observational courses in compulsory schools are not remunerated.

Prerequisite level before the start of training

Federal Maturity, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent,
and / or
Vocational training completed,
previous work experience with young children

Required readings

1. The child in the family

2. Education for a new world

3.-The secret of childhood

4.- The absorbent mind

In order to get the most out of the course content, it is strongly recommended to have a first reading of these books before the course begins. They can be obtained from the MFI until stocks are exhausted.

Course content

Theoretical knowledge

1. Presentation by Maria Montessori

2. The Role of the Educator

3. The role of the Assistant

4. Stages of Child Development

5. Children from 0 to 6 years and sensitive periods

6. The Order: the importance of order and precision. Their impact on personality development

7. The development of movement and its effect on the child

8. The development of language: adult preparation, use of language, learning to listen to children, learning to elicit language

9. The development of the child’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual independence; equirements for creating an understanding of interdependence.

10. A prepared and organized environment (physical and psychic): The Children’s House and Casa dei Bambini

11. Freedom and Discipline: Understanding Maria Montessori’s point of view on the concept of freedom and discipline in terms of personal development

12. Social development

13. Observation and its relevance (techniques and recording)

14. Music and art

A part of each session will be reserved for a discussion and reading of excerpts from texts of Maria Montessori related to the topic.

Development of practical skills

1. Learn to maintain the indoor and outdoor environment.

Students will be placed in a Montessori environment and will learn to maintain it in order to satisfy the need for order and aesthetics of the child and to respond to its sensitivities.

2. Practice with the material

Three hours will be devoted to practice with equipment

Perform basic movements such as moving around the classroom, carrying trays, equipment, carpets, etc.

Open and close doors, drawers, etc., in order to develop attitudes and gestures in accordance with the qualities of a prepared environment;

Act with grace and courtesy by greeting parents and children, providing assistance tailored to the child’s needs in changing rooms, for example.

3. Manufacture, repair and maintenance of equipment

Ten hours will be scheduled to present the techniques of manufacturing, repair and maintenance of the equipment.

Written works

The presentation of three papers (3 pages of 500 words each) on subjects explored during the course is requested. Rendering dates will be fixed in advance.

Presence during the course

For the Montessori Children’s Home Assistant’s certificate, a 90% presence is required.


The course followed in full, including written work, entitles you to a Montessori Assistant’s certificate, validated by AMI