Professional Placement: FdA

New Entry – to Level 4

You will start the placement as soon as you start the course and will combine this practical experience with your classroom based taught modules throughout your studies.

You are encouraged to start to think about where you might like to carry out your placement before you apply and we will discuss this with you at interview.

MCI has a full-time Professional Placement Coordinator who will work with you to find a placement in a MEAB Accredited school (where possible) or otherwise in a Professional Placement Approved school.  We will aim to find you somewhere within 45 minutes of your home, and often less than that.

FdA  students are encourage to move to a different setting for their second year and can opt to take an optional short placement to experience a different type of provision. For example: Montessori Primary School, Under 2s Room, Montessori Childminder, Children s Centre. Students are also welcome to suggest their own specialist short placements.

Start by doing some independent research and consult our searchable map  of schools. Browse our registered settings map below. After locating a school you can then visit their website to look at the most recent Ofsted report or MEAB Accreditation report.

In some areas you will find there are lots of Montessori settings to choose from, but in other parts of the country you may not have quite so much choice.

Please bear in mind it is possible to have a Montessori school which doesn’t appear on the map below approved for placement by MCI (subject to meeting minimum criteria) by contacting the Professional Placement Coordinator.

To view a full screen version of this map, click here.

As this map is still in the process of being populated, if you know of a setting which you believe is placement approved but it does not appear on the map above, please contact to confirm the setting’s status.

Direct Entry – to Level 5 (Year 2) –  MCI Diploma Graduates Only

You will need to be based in a group childcare setting for a minimum of 2 days per week to be able to carry out the observational elements of certain assessments. Your practice will not be assessed.