AMI 0-3 Montessori Diploma Course

 The study of Montessori pedagogy and current medical and psychological approaches to child development from birth to three years.

Who is this course for?

The AMI 0-3 Diploma Course is for everyone who is interested in the Montessori Pedagogy for children from birth till the age of 3. Mostly teachers in (montessori) daycare centers but also parents or others interested.


The purpose of the assistants to infancy 0-3 training course is to study, in depth, Montessori pedagogy and practices along with current medical and psychological approaches to child development in the first three years of life. 

The course covers

• Montessori Theory
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Obstetrics
• Nutrition
• Hygiene
• Child Neuropsychiatry
• Psycho-Sensory Theory and Demonstrations
• Home Environment Theoretical Introduction
• Home Environment Demonstrations
• Communities Theoretical Introduction
• Communities Demonstrations
• Supervised Practice
• Observation and Student Teaching

AMI 0-3 course (2023) dates and modules – New intake! 

Suggested course days and times during modules:

Module 1: ONLINE
19th of June – 28th of July 2023 (6 weeks)
Monday – Friday 6:00 – 9:30 Amsterdam Time

Module 2: 
21st of August – 29th of September 2023 (6 weeks)
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 16:30

Module 3: 
20th of November 2023 – 29th of December 2023 (6 weeks)
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 16:30

Lubov Lepkina

Lubov Lepkina came to Montessori education in 2012 as a student of Patricia Wallner’s Diploma course in Russia. She has worked in 0-3 level classes from 2012.

In 2017 Lubov graduated from AMI 3-6 diploma course by Madlena Ulrich in Moscow. She has experience of lead-teaching of both 0-3 and 3-6 levels.

Over the years Lubov serves as an 0-6 Montessori expert on behalf of AMI Montessori Fund of Russia, provides work-shops, seminars, professional programs, and consults parents. In 2020 she became a national AMI 0-3 examiner.

From 2019 she has been assisting Patricia Wallner in Diploma Courses in IMI (International Montessori Institute of the Netherlands, Delft).

Lubov’s family is Russian-Ukrainian, she has 2 children. Her son is 3-6 Montessori teacher working in Europe; her daughter has been educated in Montessori school of Saint Petersburg.


Patricia Wallner

Our AMI Training for the 0-3 course is Patricia Wallner, MA, from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Patricia studied history, anthropology and sociology at the San Diego State University and gained a Master’s Degree at the Loyola University in Baltimore. She is an AMI 0-3 and 3-6 diploma holder…


Requirements for AMI certification:

The AMI Diploma is awarded upon statisfactory completion of the AMI Requirements for Certification, a document that is signed by the Director of Training and the student upon acceptance into the course. 

The AMI Requirements or Certification contains:

  • Minimum of 90% attendance on the course sessions
  • Minimum hours of supervised practice with the Montessori Materials at the training center
  • Completion of albums and other course work to the required standard
  • Material making
  • Completion Observation and Teaching Practice hours
  • Successful completion of written and oral exams


 The final module of the AMI 0-3 Diploma Course is also known as the exam module. One week of this module is spent on review for the written examinations. During the course mock written examination may be given. Students will have two written exams at the end of the final module (Paper A and Paper B). A minimum grade of 50% is required to pass each paper.

A Minimum of one week in the final module is spent on review for the oral examinations. Mock oral examinations are given to prepare the students. The last week of the course is reserved for oral examinations.

Students deferred for any part of the examinations must retake that part the subsequent year (within 12 months) and may re-sit each examination only once.

Career Opportunities 

Since the AMI diploma (and the AMI courses) are not recognised by the Dutch government, the AMI diploma solely does not allow graduates to work with children in a day-care or school in the Netherlands. However, students that already obtained (for example) a nursery teacher’s diploma or a bachelor of education can use the AMI diploma as a supplement. Some (Montessori) schools in the Netherlands and some (Montessori) schools abroad acknowledge the quality of the AMI diploma’s and prefer teachers who have the AMI diploma in addition to their regular teaching diploma. 

From our experience we know that graduates also find employment working with socially disadvantaged children, family support and children with particular special learning needs. 

Level of the course

Although the course is not recognized by the Dutch government, the estimated level of the course is Higher Vocational Education. 

We require a high motivation, demonstrable study skills and a minimum age of 18 years at the start of the course. Relevant work experience is also taken into account. We assume basic study skills and sufficient mastery of the English language (when we do not work with a translator for another language).

Exemption policy

It is not possible to be exempted for certain parts of the course.

Qualification Delivery

A minimum 400 hours of classroom based training including lectures and supervised practice, and a minimum of 250 hours of observations of children from birth to three years. The estimated study load is 40 hours per week.

There will be theory lectures, practical sessions and material making sessions. Further there is some guided reading. We also invite children to our training center to do some shared observation and teaching practice at the training center. During the observations you see a lot of what you have learned and studied in practice. 

Required Reading: 

By Dr Maria Montessori: 

• Education for a New World (€13,50)
• The Absorbent Mind (€16,50)
• The Child in the Family (€13,50) 
• The Discovery of the Child (€16,50)
• The Formation of Man (€13,50) 
• The Secret of Childhood (€16,50)
• The 1946 Lectures (€16,50)

By Silvana Montanaro: 

▪ Medical Text (provided by AMI) (€25,00)
▪ Understanding the Human Being (€25,98)

If you order your books through the International Montessori Institute you can get a discount!

Recommended Reading: 

▪ What’s Going On In There? (By Lise Elliot) 
▪ Childhood and Society (By Eric Ericson) 
▪ Oneness and Separateness (By Louise Kaplan) 
▪ Touching (By Ashley Montague) 
▪ Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work (By E.M. Standing) 
▪ The Interpersonal World of The Infant (By Daniel Stern) 


The costs of the course are € 7.750,-*. Students can choose to pay the full amount at once or in four instalments.

* Fees shown here are inclusive and based on the academic year 2022-2023. Aside from the cost of the AMI Diploma Course examination and an administration fee and books and materials for your own personal use, no additional payments are required for any other elements of the course such as teaching practice, supervised practice sessions, etc. Fees also cover student membership to the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

*Cost of the AMI Diploma Course examination is €350.

*The Administration fee is €350.

AMI 0-3 course (2022-2023) dates and modules

Course days and times during modules:

Tuesday – 18:30 – 21:30 ONLINE
Thursday – 9:30 – 16:30 ON-SITE 
Friday- 9:30 – 16:30 ON-SITE 
Saturday- 9:30 – 16:30 ON-SITE
Sunday- 9:30 – 13:30 ON-SITE                                                                   

Module 1:
28th of February – 2nd of April 2023 (5 weeks

Module 2: 
2nd of May – 4th of June 2023 (5 weeks)

Module 3: 
3rd of July – 28th of July 2023 (4 weeks).                               

Note: The third module will be held from Monday to Friday  9:30 – 16:30

Module 4: 
3rd of October – 29th of October 2023 (4 weeks)