You must be aged 18 or over.


To study Level 3 you must have at least 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above which should include Maths and English (or a NARIC Statement of Comparability).

To study at Level 4 you need to have one A-Level at Grade C or above plus one additional A-Level and at at least 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above which should include Maths and English (or a NARIC Statement of Comparability).

You will also need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, find out more information and how to apply.

What is NARIC?

NARIC offers a variety of services on the comparability of qualifications from overseas (outside the UK). They can provide a Statement of Comparability, which is an officially recognised document that states, in English, what your overseas qualifications equate to in the UK. 

Literacy and Numeracy qualifications for Early Years Educators  

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the requirements for staff:child ratios in settings delivering the EYFS and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold. These requirements were revised in April 2017.   You will need to hold a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths from the list available on the DfE website . To see what can be accepted as an equivalent click here

Note that this is not a requirement forentry to study on the MCI Early Years Educator qualification, but it will be a requirement for entry to employment to be counted on the ratios to work with children in an early years setting in England.

“I already hold a valid qualification that gives me licence to practice (be counted on the ratios) to work with young children. Do I still need to meet the Maths and English requirements?”

If you already hold a full and relevant Early Years qualification (e.g. CACHE Level 3 Childcare) that was started before September 2014 this doesn’t apply to you. 

English Language

If English is not your first language we need to assess that you will be able to meet the requirements of the course in reading, speaking, listening and writing. IELTS is the most widely accepted English Language testing system and you will need a score of 6.5 across all four components. For further information, including when and where you can take the test, click here.  

International Students

If you intend to study within the UK and are not a UK/EU citizen you will need a full and relevant visa for the duration of your studies.

Please note we do not have Tier 4 status and are not able to issue student visas for study in the UK.

Criminal Convictions Check

You will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, as the course includes a work placement with children. International students will need to comply with the relevant legal requirements within their country.


Everyone who applies for the course will have an interview to make sure the course is right for you and you are right for the course. You will be guided through the application process by someone who knows the course really well and can give you all the information you need. To book an interview contact

~ Interviews are in person at our London College or via Skype  ~


Before the interview complete an application form – click here  to download – and tell us what brought you to Montessori and why you want to work with young children. You will need to send us copies of your educational certificates and will need  2 references.