Code of Practice



  • Create a Montessori environment which will meet the developmental needs of all children in the setting.
  • Ensure that all Montessori practices are carried out in accordance with the ethos of Montessori pedagogy and commonly accepted childcare practices and legislation.
  • As far as possible, employ qualified Montessori staff, properly checking applications and qualifications, ensuring that key staff are in place.
  • Accept that the maintenance and improvement of Montessori professional knowledge and competence is on-going and, therefore, develop a programme of high quality professional development and training for all staff.
  • Work in a collaborative and cooperative manner with nursery and/or school staff, other professionals, parents and carers, recognising their particular contributions to the care and education of the child.
  • Respect confidential details obtained in the course of professional practice, and refrain from disclosing such information without consent, except where disclosure is required by law or by a court order.
  • Acknowledge and respect diversity in order to promote equality for children, parents, and colleagues

Obligation to Children

Respect and trust the capacity of children to learn in a favourable environment carefully prepared by Montessori educators. Manage the behaviour of children in a positive manner, consistent with Montessori principles. Act as a positive role model for the children.

Relationship with Families

Acknowledge, accept and respect parents’ and carers rights and responsibilities and work closely with parents and carers to ensure the wellbeing of their children, developing their awareness of the Montessori approach.

Health and Safety

Understand and accept moral and legal responsibilities regarding the safety and wellbeing of children and staff in the setting.


Ensure that appropriate services are provided for the fees received and act with probity in financial matters.


Schools should be committed to providing the highest standards of Montessori practice, and as part of their on-going professional development of the setting will seek recognition by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB).

MSA requires that all member schools comply with the MSA Code of Practice. The Code of Practice defines the commitment to the promotion of quality in Montessori settings. MSA will  rely solely upon your self-compliance with the Code.