AMI 0–3 Diploma Course

Applications for this course will be accepted around July.

Montessori Training of Akiruno Japan
AMI 0–3 Diploma Course for 2025


◆ AMI Montessori 0–3 Diploma Course
The 0–3 Diploma Course, recognised by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), trains adults to work with children under three years of age.
The Montessori Assistants to Infancy Training began in 1947 in Rome. Based on thousands of hours of observation of infants and very young children, the work predated many contemporary findings, including self-hypnosis for childbirth, gentle birth, the awareness of infants, the importance of touch and communication, as well as language, music and joy in the environment. Open space and interesting objects encourage free movement and exploration. Special clothing, furnishings and toys made with careful attention to detail are designed in response to the observed needs of the infant. A to I students are prepared to work with parents perinatally, to assist with the infant at birth, to prepare beautiful and responsive environments, and to work in infant and toddler communities in schools, day care settings, hospitals and wherever children under age three are found. It is a course of great benefit, not only for people who work with children, but also for those interested in raising children.

◆ Period of the course
February 3, 2025 – February 27, 2026 (about 13 months)

◆ Course Venue
Casa di tutti Akiruno
Address: 3-7-6 Akigkawa, Akiruno-city, Tokyo, JAPAN
*5 minutes on foot from Akigawa Station on JR Itsukaichi Line

◆ Contents of the course
Montessori Training Centre of Akiruno
Learning the presentation of Montessori materials in the prepared environment.

[Prepared Environment in the course]
・Nido — Environment for children from 2 months old to 14 months old
・Infant Community — Environment for children from 14 months old to 2½ to 3-year-old

[Principal Lectures]
・Montessori pedagogy
・Home environment
— from birth till 3-year-old
・Material for Psycho-Sensory Motor Development
— from birth till 2½ to 3-year-old
・The Foundation of Personality development
— Anatomy, Physiology, Obstetrics, Nutrition, Hygiene
– practical life and language
— pre-birth till 2½ to 3-year-old

[Time Table and procedure]
The lectures are given in English with a Japanese interpreter/translator.
The course will be composed of Lectures, Practical Sessions, Observation and Student Teaching in classrooms (such as nurseries).

* Number of hours for Observation and Student Teaching
Age Observation Student Teaching
Birth – 8wks. 50 hrs.
8wks. – 1y/o 100 hrs. 20 hrs.
1 – 3y/o 100 hrs.
Total 250 hrs. 20 hrs.

◆ Course Schedule
1st Block:  Lectures
[Online] February 3, 2025 (Monday) – March 7 (Friday) – 5 weeks
[Face-to-face] March 17, 2025 (Monday) – April 18 (Friday) – 5 week

2nd Block:  Lectures & Practical Sessions
[Face-to-face] June 16, 2025 (Monday) – July 25 (Friday) – 6 weeks

Final Block: 
Lectures & Practical Sessions & Examinations (written / oral)
[Face-to-face] February 2, 2026 (Monday) to February 27 (Friday) – 4 weeks

*1 – The schedule might change depending on circumstances.
*2 – During periods when there are no lectures, expected with the following assignments.
・Practice teaching
・Individual voluntary observation and written work
・Material making
・Working to prepare the albums

*3 – For 5 weeks online, Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00 Zoom lecture
*4 – Face-to-face period will be at the venue from Monday to Friday 9:00-16:30 Lecture and practical practice
*5 – May not be closed on Japanese public holidays .
*6 – We plan to hold a question-and-answer session about once a month during periods when there are no lectures.

◆ Diploma
The students who complete the course requirements, including passing the written and oral examinations, will receive the 0-3 diploma of the Association Montessori Internationale.

◆ Director of Training
Sara Brady
(AMI 0-3 Trainer) Sydney, Australia

Sara holds AMI diplomas at both Assistants to Infancy and Children’s House levels. She has a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland.
Sara has worked extensively in a variety of Montessori settings: long-day care, pre-school and Montessori in the home. She has enjoyed working in Nido and Infant Communities as well as parent-infant classes. Sara lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three children. Sara is qualified as an AMI Assistants to Infancy trainer and is also an examiner at this level.
She conducts teacher training internationally and is the currently the Director of Training in Dallas, China, Sydney and Japan.

Takako Fukatsu : An AMI recognised Montessori Teacher and works as a translator for the Montessori Teacher Training course in Japan.

Course assistant:
Ai Sato : AMI recognised Montessori Teacher

◆ Qualifications for applicants
Educationally qualified people and those who work in a kindergarten or nursery and nursery teachers.
Those who graduated from university or college, or are due to graduate in the following spring of the application year.
This course requires particular abilities, and personalities with sincerity, creativity, observation skills and understanding. We will consider some exceptions to the academic qualifications.
A certain level of computer skills will be required.

◆ Number of Students
35 students
*The reception will be closed as soon as the capacity is reached.
*The course can be cancelled if the number of applicants do not reach the minimum.

◆ Tuition Fee
¥990,000 (Tax included)
*All the applicants must pay by Japanese Yen.
* Tuition fee are not refundable without exception.
*The tuition fee will be fully returned to all the students in case the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

◆ Application
Applications will be accepted around July.


◆ Interviews
・Applicants interviews are held from October via zoom or telephone.
・Applicants from abroad will be interviewed through emails and Zoom and the result will be announced immediately.

◆ Further information on the course
Montessori Training Centre of Akiruno

Applications for this course will be accepted around July.

2024/03/12 Updated