Prepare for a career in Montessori education with the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. Following the 601/4573/0 specification, this online course will provide you with the expertise, skills, and professional approach needed to succeed and enjoy a rewarding career supporting children’s learning and development.
Training as a Montessori educator requires a breadth of understanding and unique skills. Enrolling on this course opens up many opportunities, covering areas ranging from understanding children’s well-being to preparing the best possible teaching environment.
Oxbridge has obtained special clearance to become the only online provider to offer this course fully. There are some other providers that are offering shorter courses (not a proper qualification) or imitations that hold no accreditation. Make sure you check this when looking around.
You can fit studying around your existing job or childcare, gaining a vital insight into the Montessori method of early years education, which we believe is excellent for giving young children the best start in their development. You’ll learn about the varied nature of Montessori learning environments, which bring learning and a child’s natural interests together, and how to create activities that children will both enjoy and that will guide them in this crucial early stage of their development.
In addition to the theoretical elements of Montessori education, you will have a unique opportunity to combine this with practical work within an established learning environment. By actively taking part in Montessori learning, you will see first-hand the benefits that this method brings to young people and be at the forefront of future innovation. And, of course, you’ll have a qualified, expert tutor on hand to guide you in your career.
Upon completing this course, you will be qualified to work in a Montessori Early Years setting.
Enrol to begin studying from October 31st 2023.
What you will learn
Unit 1 - Activities of Everyday Living in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
Role modelling in the activities of everyday living
How activities of everyday living establish a foundation for other areas of learning
How activities of everyday living contribute to the development of the whole child
Design activities of everyday living
Approaches to managing risk in the activities of everyday living
Contribute to a healthy environment using the activities of everyday living
Unit 2 - Literacy in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
The different developmental stages in literacy
Non-literacy activities which support developing literacy skills
The role of the educator in developing children’s literacy skills
Activities to prepare the child for literacy
The sequential process for developing literacy and grammar skills
Introducing literacy to young children
Design activities that develop children’s literacy
Plan activities to support growing literacy skills, including for a child in need of additional support
Unit 3 - Study Skills
Organising own learning process
Referencing sourced information
Participation in the peer feedback process
Unit 4 - Education of the Senses in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
Activities that support education of the senses
Describe how sensorial education supports other areas of learning
Introducing activities in sensorial education
Plan sensorial education for babies and young children
Unit 5 - Knowledge and Understanding of the World in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
The Principle of Cosmic Education
The Montessori approach to developing a child’s understanding of the world
Activities that encourage the development of a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world
How knowledge and understanding of the world contribute to child development
Design activities to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
Unit 6 - The Montessori Philosophy
Montessori’s principles of the early child development phases
Key Montessori terms relating to early child development
The concept of the favourable environment
Essential qualities of the Montessori educator
Principles of teacher non-interference and observation
The Montessori approach to fostering a positive learning environment
Unit 7 - Creativity in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
The role of creativity and creative thinking across the curriculum
Specific areas and aspects of the creative curriculum
How to organise the learning environment to facilitate creative activities
The role of the educator in working creatively with children
Plan activities that develop creative potential
Unit 8 - Principles of Child Development and Observation in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
Outline key developmental stages of child development
Outline key theories of child development
Supporting the wellbeing of a child through transitions and significant events
Describe how play can support children’s holistic development
The role of the Montessori educator and the favourable environment in supporting play
Select an appropriate method and aim for child observation
Using child development theory to inform and interpret results of child observation
Unit 9 - Developing Own Montessori Practice in Professional Placement
Respect and sensitivity towards others in a Montessori early years setting
Effective communication skills
Responsiveness to the dynamics of a Montessori early years learning environment
Plan and lead activities to support children’s learning and development
use child developmental theory to facilitate learning
Facilitate group learning
carry out the teaching cycle of observe, plan, implement, reflect on and assess learning
Promote the child’s well-being including awareness of health and safety
Carrying out a risk assessment
Accurate recordkeeping in a Montessori early years setting
Positive role-modelling of self-awareness
Unit 10 - Contemporary Early Childhood Practice in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
Promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the context of Montessori early years education
Reflect on your own role in promoting diversity, equality and inclusion
Identify when a child is in need of additional support
Working in partnership with others to support children with additional needs
The role of the key person in the Montessori early years
The potential effects of transitions and significant events
The role of the educator in the context of partnerships with others
Identify opportunities for working in partnership with others to promote learning and development
Unit 11 - Developing Own Montessori Principles in Professional Placement
Use reflective practice to identify goals for personal and professional development
Use continuing professional development to improve own skills, practice, and subject knowledge
Use reflective practice to support own learning
Reflect on aspects of Montessori vision and purpose which inspire own practice
Consider aspects of own educational practice which could be developed further
Unit 12 - Promoting Children's Health and Wellbeing in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
Health and well-being in early childhood
Factors that affect children’s health and well-being
The effects of poor health and well-being on young children
How children’s health and well-being can be supported
Prevention and control of infection
Responding to accidents and emergency situations
Legal requirements that support the welfare and safety of children
The responsibilities of the Montessori early years practitioner in supporting the welfare and safety of children
Safeguarding policies and procedures
Identify ways to recognise if a child is at risk of abuse
Manage risk in the Montessori early years setting
Unit 13 - Numeracy and Arithmetic in an Early Years Montessori Learning Environment
The ‘mathematical mind’
Developing a child’s understanding of numeracy and arithmetic
Strategies that support children’s developing understanding
How numeracy and arithmetic activities contribute to children’s learning
Introduce activities which develop the child’s understanding of numeracy and arithmetic
Design activities to develop understanding, including for children with additional needs
CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.
Recognised through UCAS
This qualification has been allocated UCAS points. Please refer to the UCAS website for further details of the points allocation and the most up-to-date information.
Upon the successful completion of this Level 3 Diploma, you will be able to then progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. A Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy enables you to progress directly to work in a Montessori Early Years setting.
You’ll learn the crucial skills for working in early years education, how to react to emergency situations and follow safeguarding policies, all while building your own approach to working in early years learning.
By studying this unique course with Oxbridge, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the Montessori method of education, how it provides the springboard for development, and how you as the educator can facilitate this learning experience.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You will be required to complete regular in-person observations, conducted by an Oxbridge Assessor. These will focus on a particular set of criteria, which you will need to demonstrate full competence in, and pass all mandatory units at 100%.
In addition, you will be required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each assignment. Written assignments and reflective records will also need to be produced alongside practical evidence from your placement.
Your placement will comprise of 400 hours in an approved Montessori Early Years setting.
The minimum study age for this NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma In Montessori Pedagogy is 16.
Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Montessori Pedagogy
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator)
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