Montessori Centre International (MCI), the leading provider of Montessori training courses, today welcomed 80 new graduate practitioners at their Graduation Ceremony at Senate House, London. It was a special celebration to mark the 20-year milestone of MCI. One of the UK’s most respected headteachers, Sir William Atkinson, addressed 80 newly qualified Montessori teachers on leadership and opportunity, which was very well-received by all.
Marking the collaboration and 2018 graduation, MCI’s Director of Learning, Penny Johns said: “20 years marks a significant milestone for MCI. Whilst the way in which we deliver training has transformed, Montessori practice itself remains relatively unchanged. Students on our courses learn how to establish and implement a core set of values within a contemporary early years context. I’m delighted to welcome such a large number of new practitioners to Montessori and am confident this method of learning will continue to offer a counterbalance to today’s target driven education world.”
To celebrate the anniversary of MCI delivering 20 years of high quality Montessori training, a special video was commissioned.
MCI trains more than 300 students globally each year on its diploma, foundation degree and professional development Montessori courses. Montessori settings are enjoying revived interest from parents in the UK due to their practical approach, focus on outdoor learning and the way in which the environment allows the setting to guide children’s learning according to individual need and interest.
Montessori’s child-led approach stands out as it does not rely upon competitive measures of attainment and achievement. Instead, it focuses on what the individual child is ready to do and able to achieve and this requires a high degree of specialism, training and skill to deliver.
MCI courses are validated by London Metropolitan University and Cache/Crossfields Institute and offer flexible study routes that combine online and classroom based learning. There is a strong focus on employability and work-based learning and MCI’s early years graduates are highly sought after and go onto work in early years settings across the UK and internationally.
Interested in training with MCI? Contact our Admissions team or phone 020 7493 8300.
About Montessori St Nicholas
Founded in 1946, the Montessori St Nicholas Group connects the UK Montessori community of over 700 pre-schools, nurseries and schools and 4,000 early years teachers, as well as leading charitable projects to sustain the Montessori community in the UK. Montessori St Nicholas (MSN) is the group’s charity that carries out social impact work, Montessori Centre International (MCI) provides training to those interested in applying Montessori principles to early years’ education, the Montessori Schools Association (MSA) is a membership organisation for those working in the Montessori field and those interested in Montessori education and MEAB was established in 2008 as the first Montessori accreditation board which guarantees the quality of Montessori settings.
The charity also provides grant-funded opportunities for teachers and potential Montessori practitioners or beneficiaries including Centrepoint, the Alzheimer’s Society, the First Light Trust and Somebody’s Child Soldier. 2019 marks 100 years of Montessori training in the UK, and to celebrate this landmark year the charity will be creating a new children’s garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Montessori Centre International recently announced its partnership with Centrepoint to provide free learning opportunities to help break the cycle of homelessness.