Montessori Centre International is delighted to announce new flexible study pathways on its Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Montessori Early Childhood Practice from September 2018. 

For the first time students will be able to study online and part-time on the course, as well as full-time and at our London college. 

The benefit of this Level 4 qualification, is that eligible students can apply for student finance to cover the cost of the fees (and other benefits such as maintenance, childcare or disability support allowance).  

Speaking about the development of the new flexible pathways, Director of Learning, Penny Johns, said: ‘We are dedicated to widening participation of Montessori training, making it accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. We know our students well and they want flexibility, so by now offering the course part-time, it will allow students to balance study with other commitments such as work and family life.’

Montessori Centre International students will now also be able to choose the balance between attending classes and online learning, as the college extends its blended learning approach. All students will cover the same modules and regularly interact with one another, but will have the freedom to pick how much they do in the classroom or via online learning.

‘The classroom has been ‘stretched’ to include our online students,’ Penny adds. ‘This allows them to join us ‘live’ in the classroom, to participate, ask questions and take part in group work with their peers.’

Students taking the course, which is validated by London Metropolitan University, will be able to apply for student finance to cover course fees and maintenance costs, which will take the pressure of smaller nurseries knowing their staff can gain a respected qualification through a funded route.

The new initiative has won praise from the early years community. Sandra Copping, of Colourbox Montessori School, said: “We are very interested in the flexibility of the new Montessori qualification. I have candidates already. I think this course will be very popular and make a huge difference for many nurseries.’  

Montessori nursery assessor Michele Dows-Miller also praised the new development, saying: ‘Speaking to nursery managers around the country, qualifications are often an area cited. Nursery managers will now be able to know their staff can gain a qualification and be supported through student finance. The Certificate of Higher Education also offers great career opportunities for students and means they can think about further studies including the foundation degree.’

Those taking the Cert HE study four modules that cover Montessori Philosophy, the full Montessori curriculum plus child development, observation and contemporary early childhood practice.  They complete a professional placement and the qualification meets the Early Years Educator criteria.  

Find out more about the Certificate of Higher Education here.