About Us

“The greatest sign of a success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori


Welcome to Montessori, the world’s largest global education movement, inspired by Dr Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. It offers a unique child-centred approach to education, used and acclaimed throughout the world. Dr Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children.

Montessori St Nicholas (MSN) is the name of the largest UK Montessori representative. We offer both a setting and an individual membership; most Montessori settings in the UK are privately owned and governed accordingly.

MSN exists to encourage and promote education in every way. It facilitates the unification of the Montessori movement across the UK, providing relevant training and funding research into the value and effectiveness of Montessori education, and making awards to support the development of Montessori education. Read more about our Social Impact Programme.

Our prime objective is to help you, whether you are a potential Montessori parent, a student wanting to train as a practitioner, a Montessori settings Manager or Owner, or a member of the general public wanting to know more about Montessori pedagogy.

Montessori Centre International (MCI) is one of the UK’s leading providers of Montessori and Early Years training.

It is vibrant learning community of students from all over the world who come to learn about the Montessori approach and what it offers young children.

MCI offers a range of training opportunities, including nationally recognised qualifications, professional development for practitioners, courses for childminders, parents or for those who simply want to find out more about Montessori. Training is available in person and online, or through a mix of both using our unique blended learning approach. View our Course Finder to explore which course will best suit your needs.


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –  William A. Ward
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” –  Clay P. Bedford