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0-3 Orientation


4 Modules, starting September 15, 2023

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  • Adequate level of both spoken and written English, Czech, Slovak to allow efficient study in the course (B2+ level).
  • Ability to study at academic level
  • Computer (with camera) availability, and internet good enough for Zoom (2.6Mbps)
  • A quiet place to study (it is NOT allowed to be driving during the course)
  • Positive motivation to study and willingness to positively and constructively cooperate with the Course Director and the training center staff.

Introduction to the course

The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 0-3 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Montessori Nido or Infant Community practice.

  • A fully online course
  • 60 hours
  • Guidance of AMI trainer, Heidi Philippart
  • Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • International students
  • Price: starting at 750€
    depending on time of registration (Early/Standard/Late)


These dates may be subject to change.

Orientation meeting
September 8
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)
Online on Zoom
Obligatory for all students
September 15-17
All times below are in Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)
Friday: 5-8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Online on Zoom
90% attendance
September 22-24
All times below are in Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)
Friday: 5-8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
90% attendance
Online on Zoom
September 29 - October 1
All times below are in Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)
Friday: 5-8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Online on Zoom
90% attendance
October 6-8
All times below are in Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)
Friday: 5-8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Online on Zoom
90% attendance

Total amount of hours: 60
These hours will consist of live lectures, discussion sessions, self study and writing essays. Further, there may be videos, reading sessions and essay group check sessions included. If the course includes essay group checks, the dates will be announced before the course and participation is mandatory.

General information about the course

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Montessori assistants wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills
  • Parents (and other family members)
  • Professinals working with children (teachers, carers, nannies, social workers..)
  • Anyone interested in Montessori (all adults interested in child development or considering a career in Montessori)

Learning outcomes and key benefits

Students of this course will learn how to support and help the classroom teacher maintain equilibrium within the class, how to observe, when and how to intervene but not interfere. They will gain knowledge of Montessori's understanding of development of independence and acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher. 

All students of the course will have the opportunity to learn from a very experienced AMI Training Directress Heidi Philippart, study alongside colleagues from all over the world, engage in lively discussions, share their experience with others as well as gain new perspective themselves. All successful course graduates also receive worldwide recognized international certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). 

What is the role of an assistant in the classroom?

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

In a Montessori classroom, the assistant supports the lead teacher and helps him/her create and retain balance. The assistant observes children and knows when to intervene and when to withhold from helping. He/she knows how to support children in developing independence and has a deep understanding of Montessori's approach to freedom and discipline. The assistant is a great supporter for the lead teacher and for the child.

Course Content

  • 1
    Introduction to Montessori
  • 2
    The Role of the Directress
  • 3
    The Role of the Assistant
  • 4
    Overview of the Planes of Development
  • 5
    The Child's Mind from 0-6 years
  • 6
  • 7
    Movement 0-3
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
    Prepared Environment
  • 11
    Freedom and Discipline
  • 12
    Observation and its relevance
  • 13
    Music and Art
  • 14
    Maintaining Environment
  • 15
    Toilet Learning

60 hours

of live online lectures and guidance of Heidi Philippart, self-study, reading and writing

3 essays

on given topics

9 hours

of obligatory observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course

Observation Notes

Submitting your notes from observation

AMI certification

What is AMI certification?

Association Montessori International (AMI) is a worldwide leading authority on Montessori education. Maria Montessori founded the association herself to further her work and AMI certified courses are hence known for their high quality and integrity with Montessori's work. They are respected and acknowledged worldwide and some schools accept teachers only with AMI certified education.  Montessori Institute Prague is the only AMI certified training center in the Czech Republic. 

What certificate will I receive?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements for certification will earn the worldwide recognized AMI 0-3 Orientation Course Certificate

(optional) Onsite Module

Participants have the opportunity to extend the course and attend the onsite module taking place in the training center in Prague. They will get to practice working with Montessori materials under the guidance of Heidi Philippart herself.
All students who take this additional module and fulfill the requirements for certification will be awarded AMI 0-3 Orientation Course Certificate.

Requirements for certification

  • Three essays
    Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
  • Observation
    9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.
  • Reports and Notes
    Submission of observation notes and observation report.
  • Attendance
    Minimum of 90% live attendance.
  • Overall satisfactory participation in the course
    As evaluated by the Course Director.
  • You have 12 weeks to submit all the assignments.
    If students do not finish their requirements for certification on time before the course finishes, they have 12 weeks to submit their missing work.


Live sessions on Zoom

in form of LECTURES with occasional discussions and work in small groups. Taking notes is highly recommended.

Schoology platform

is used for all communication assignment submission. It is very user-friendly and helps us stay structured.

Technical support

is available before, during and after the course.

The whole course is given in English. It is also being simultaneously interpreted into Czech. All course work including written assignments can be done in English, Czech, Slovak. It is a prerequisite to have at least a B2 level (verbal and written) command of one of the languages

Recommended literature

Students are recommended to read the following literature. The access to it can be purchased during registration.

  • Absorbent Mind
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Child in the Family
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Understanding the Human Being
    Selected chapters; Silvana Q. Montanaro
  • Education for a New World
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • The 1946 London Lectures
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Heidi Philippart M.A.(Edu), A.M.I.(Dip), lives and works in Amsterdam. She was first introduced to Montessori in the late 80’s early 90’s, while working under the guidance of Patty Wallner (AMI Assistant to Infancy trainer) and Silvana Montanaro (founder of the AMI Assistant to Infancy programme). Heidi trained in Denver with Judi Orion on the Assistant to Infancy level, has worked extensively with the 0-3 programme and is an AMI trainer on the Assistant to Infancy level. 

In 1996 she opened her first Montessori school and now runs two small Montessori Bilingual Preschools in the centre of Amsterdam, working with between 80 - 90 families every year. Her speciality is helping parents in the application of Montessori principles and bilingualism in the home environment. Heidi has spoken extensively around the Netherlands and internationally (France, USA, Australia, Britain) on Montessori related topics such as toilet independence, preparation of the home environment and the general area of birth to three. Heidi is presently working on the AMI Diploma - Assistant to Infancy in London.


750 EUR
per person
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Available until July 30, 2023
800 EUR
per person
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Available until August 27, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sessions be recorded?

No. Students are required to be present during 90% of lectures to fulfill their attendance requirement. All lectures are live presentations by the Trainer. There will be no lecture recordings.

How will the course be held?

The course is broadcasted live on ZOOM. It is necessary to download Zoom application to your computer in order to join the course. There will be lectures, discussions, practice sessions, and group work done in Breakout Rooms. Students will receive technical support before the course to learn how to use Zoom effectively.

What happens if I have some sudden problems with the internet?

We kindly ask you to check the quality of your internet connection in advance. Ideally, use cable connection. Good internet connection is a prerequisite for taking the course. If you have a one time sudden fluctuation of your signal, leave the Zoom meeting and come back. If your connection problems are repeating, you will be asked to leave the course. There is a 90% attendance requirement, which is valid for all the students. Students who can not attend 90% of the course are not eligible to receive the certificate.

How do you arrange interpretation into other languages?

The interpretation is available on a separate audio Zoom channel. We will explain how to switch between the channels and how to do the settings before the start of the course. Interpretation will be simultaneous.

What does 90% of attendance mean in this online format of the course?

The 90% attendance means that you must be present at minimum 90% of the course with your camera ON. This is a requirement of the course. We need to see that you are present at all times. You must attend Day 1 of the course. Missing Day 1 of the course will result in termination of your studies in the course.

Where will we find our assignments and materials for the course?

The course uses a Learning Platform called Schoology. Instruction how to log into Schoology and how to use it will be given to students prior to the start of the course.

In what time zone is the course schedule?

The course is scheduled in CEST (Central European Summer Time), or in other words - in Prague Time. In case you are located in a different time zone, please carefully check the time difference and make an informed decision if the course time fits you. We will be happy if you join us wherever you are, but it is your responsibility to be present during all times of the course.

I have children, can they be with me while I am studying?

We love children, of course. They are the reason why we give this course. However, a quiet working space without disturbance of other adults and children is a requirement for participation in the course.

What is the price of the course?

The price of the course ranges between 750-850 EUR depending on the timeliness of your registration (the earlier you make the registration, the cheaper the price). No other discounts apply to this course. For more information write to

When should I pay?

Once you have read all the course information and understood the requirements and conditions, you can fill in your application, and make the payment on our website.

Would you like to make a bigger step and become a Montessori teacher?

AMI 0-3 Diploma Course

Enrollment open until October 9, 2023
Become a qualified Montessori teacher for children aged 0-3 years. Receive globally recognized certificate from Association Montessori International (AMI) and set off on a life-changing journey. 

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