Learning Outcomes of the Diploma
- Discuss the life of Maria Montessori and how her philosophy contributed to early childhood learning, today.
- Describe the stages of child development, as defined by Dr Montessori, with special emphasis on her theories on learning in the first stage (0 - 6 years).
- Describe the role, tasks, and desired qualities of the teacher.
- Describe the importance of the Montessori prepared environment, and be able to assist in setting up and maintaining such an environment, and the Montessori teaching materials.
- Describe the Montessori Curriculum for early childhood education from 3 to 6 years, and demonstrate activities from all areas of the Curriculum.
- Within the Module: Ministerial Requirements and Expectations, ‘Aspirations for the Child and the Teacher’ - teachers can explore and investigate to discover the coalescent value of:
(i) Present day scientific research suggestions
(ii) The Philosophy of Dr Maria Montessori
(iii) The Early Childhood Education Curriculum Framework expectations
(iv) The Ministerial Requirements and Expectations
Aims of the Diploma
- To provide a quality Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
- To ensure Aperfield Montessori teacher training is consistent across New Zealand.
- To provide teachers with an opportunity to connect the Montessori philosophy with the ECE Ministerial requirements, and current neuroscience research.
- To ensure New Zealand’s bicultural heritage is explicit throughout Aperfield Montessori training.