AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Diploma

The course covers an in-depth study of Montessori principles and practices along with the current socio-emotional and psychological approaches to early childhood development from birth to 3 years.

Course overview

The first 3 years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential and is a period when the core of personality, social skills, and human values are developed.

In this course, individuals will learn how to support the development of children from birth to 3 and will develop an ability to create environments to meet the needs of the infant and foster a sense of belonging, independence, and language acquisition enabling children to feel able and capable.

Montessori infant-toddler programmes from birth to 3, are provided in several different formats:

  • Ante-natal: Classes for expectant mothers and their partners.
  • Parent/Caregiver and Toddler: Classes for parents/caregivers to learn with their child and gain an understanding of creating supportive environments for children of this age. The class focuses on how to observe the child and how to offer appropriate activities.
  • Nido: Environments for children between the ages of approximately two and fourteen months specially designed for children who are not yet walking.
  • Infant Communities: Environments provided for children from approximately fourteen months to three years that focus on developing movement, language, and independence within a social context.

On successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the internationally recognised Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), a global leader in Montessori education. An AMI diploma opens the door to a variety of career opportunities inside and outside of the classroom towards becoming a consultant, administrator, head of school, or teacher trainer.

Course format

This course is offered in modular format and takes place over a period of approximately 18 weeks over the period of 12-18 months. Course includes lectures, practice with materials, creation of child-centred materials, observations, and reading and discussions.

Course dates : To Be Announced

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 6

These course dates are provisional and may change dependent on future Covid-19 restrictions. The course format is intended to be face-to-face (contact learning) but there is a possibility of running parts of the course online (blended course) as needed.

 Course fees

Course registration fee:

  • African Students: R 750 (non-refundable)
  • International Students: $ 75 (non-refundable)

Course registration fee:

  • African Students: R 60,000 (tuition and exam fee only)
  • International Students: $ 6,000 (tuition and exam fee only)


  • Several Cape Winelands sponsorships are available for students
  • Terms and Conditions apply

Please email [email protected] for more information

Application requirements

  • South African students: NQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • International students: A-Level or equivalent
  • Successful interview with Indaba Institute and Director of Training
  • Proficient in spoken and written English

Application documents 

  • Complete application form 
  • Clear copy of ID or Passport 
  • CV (outlining academic and employment history) 
  • Copy of your highest level education certificate – NQF Level 4 or equivalent (for South African students) 
  • Copy of your highest level education certificate – A-Level or equivalent (for International students) 
  • Short autobiographical essay 
  • Valid police clearance certificate 
  • Application fee proof of payment
  • Two signed letters of recommendation, including contact details of reference
  • – One being professional in nature
  • – One being a character reference 

Application closing date: To Be Announced

“After my AMI training, I am really looking forward to using what I have learned to build up the environment, myself and the children. I also want to help children as they develop, support them and be a positive role model in their lives.”

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