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CLASSROOM ASSISTANT COURSE

(0-3YRS) CERTIFICATE COURSE 

Focus of the Assistants Work

The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori  Infant/Toddler Community.  The task of the Assistant is to support and help the director/directress maintain the equilibrium within the class.

  • To observe

  • To learn when and how to intervene (not interfere)

  • To acquire the ability to allow the children to become more and more independent; “any unnecessary help is a hindrance to development”

  • To gain knowledge of Montessori’s understanding of Freedom and Discipline

  • To acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher

  • To learn how to gain the children’s trust

  • To understand the power of the absorbent mind

  • To understand the importance of consistency (also related to use of language) and routines

  • To understand the importance of the environment: Indoor and outdoor

  • The importance of food and food preparation


The task of the Assistant is NOT to give initial presentations of materials, but rather to support and help the Directress to maintain the equilibrium within the class, to do followup work with the children, to do language work with the children, helping to maintain order within the environment.


This is a 60 hour certificate course. 51 hours at the Centre and 9 additional hours of observation – either immediately after the course or parallel to the course.  Specific topics to focus on will be given for observation.


Course structure: Six weekends @ ten hours per weekend

(3-6YRS) CERTIFICATE COURSE

Focus of the Assistants Work

The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Children’s House. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the philosophy and practice of the Montessori approach. The task of the Assistant  is NOT to give initial presentations of materials, but rather to support and help the director/directress maintain the equilibrium within the class.

  • To observe

  • To learn when and how to intervene (not interfere)

  • To acquire the ability to allow the children to become more and more independent; “any unnecessary help is a hindrance to development”

  • To gain knowledge of Montessori’s understanding of Freedom and Discipline

  • To acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher

This is a 60 hour certificate course. 51 hours at the Centre and 9 additional hours of observation – either immediately after the course or parallel to the course. Specific topics to focus on will be given for observation.


Course structure:  Six weekends @ ten hours per weekend


Admissions Requirements


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Applicants must hold a minimum of a secondary school leaving certificate, SSCE or its equivalent. 



Admission Process

Submit a completed application form by mail, in person or online with:
• A current resume
• Payment of the non-refundable N10,000.00 application fee


On receipt of your complete application package (including application fee), you will be contacted for confirmation of acceptance. No interview is required.


To Apply 

For the Montessori Classroom Assistants’ Course, submit the completed application form, online, by mail or in person, together with:


  • A current resume

  • Payment of the nonrefundable application fee


Print and complete the Application Form, then submit a copy to the centre.