Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga (Aperfield Montessori)

Applications for study starting Semester 1 2024 are now closed. You can apply now for the next intake for Semester 2 2024 or contact us at [email protected]

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Learn to see every child’s unique learning needs and enrich your teaching with Aperfield Montessori training in New Zealand

You will gain skills and understanding of the holistic, child-led learning practices and philosophy of Aperfield Montessori. 

This Level 5 programme is designed for all qualified and unqualified early childhood and primary teachers, carers, psychologists and other professionals who want to enrich their practice, career and knowledge. 

In addition, the Montessori teacher training course provides a strong foundation in child well-being, learning and development in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand. Qualified ECE teachers may gain credit for prior learning. 

Te Rito Maioha developed this programme in collaboration with the Aperfield Montessori Trust. 

Some courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), providing you a pathway towards further study and teaching qualifications.

Diploma in Early Childhood NZ Aperfield Montessori


The Aperfield Montessori Method

This method of education is a holistic approach based on a lifetime of observation and study by Dr Maria Montessori.

Te Rito Maioha worked closely with the Aperfield Montessori Trust to develop this specific programme with courses taught by experienced Montessori-trained teachers.

We offer all our students a strong support network including access to an online Montessori training lecturer and to learning support. We also encourage students to take full advantage of our 11 teaching bases, where support is available from local academic staff.

Aperfield Montessori Trust Scholarship

The Aperfield Montessori Trust is offering scholarships to assist students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Aperfield Montessori) with their fees.  

If you are awarded a scholarship, and after you complete the qualification, the Trust will reimburse you directly for an amount up to $3,000.00 of the fees paid to Te Rito Maioha.

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 will close on Tuesday, 9 January 2024

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Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

  • Online
  • Field-based
  • Face-to-face (5 day block course)
  • Full-time or part-time study options

The programme consists of four courses with a blend of online and field-based learning, an orientation day and a five-day block of face-to-face learning. 

You may study over one year full-time or two years part-time. Qualified ECE teachers who gain credit for prior learning can study full-time for six months or part-time for one year. 

You will be taught by experienced Montessori-trained teachers and connected with a support network of students and lecturers. You may also access face-to-face support from lecturers at our 11 Regional Education Centres.

Semester 2, 2024

Domestic applications: 17 June 2024
International applications: 6 May 2024

Contact us 

0800 244 532

[email protected] 

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Admission requirements
Ngā hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5 with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a Confidential Referee Report (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service (your home service)
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014, including police vetting
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literacy credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1) – if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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