Te Rito Maioha to deliver new Level 5 Aperfield Montessori qualification from 2019

Aperfield Montessori Trust and Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand are pleased to confirm that from approximately February 2019, Te Rito Maioha will deliver the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).

Binda Goldsbrough wrote the original Aperfield Montessori Diploma and the Aperfield Trust has delivered the Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education since 1993.

Following the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) targeted review of qualifications (TROQ), the original qualification has been replaced on the NZQA framework by the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).

The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) qualification will retain the focus on teaching the Montessori method of education to children.  The programme has been designed for a wide range of students including trained early childhood and primary teachers, unqualified teachers, parents, carers, psychologists and other interested professionals wanting to train in the Montessori method. 

The new qualification has been developed by Aperfield Montessori Trust in collaboration with Te Rito Maioha.  Characteristics of the Aperfield Montessori approach are reflected in the new qualification.  The Aperfield Montessori Trust will provide expert advice to Te Rito Maioha on Aperfield Montessori practices via an advisory group.

Existing students (including those who re-enrol in the current qualification with the Aperfield Montessori Trust) have until 9 December 2019 to complete the current diploma with the Aperfield Montessori Trust.  New students will study the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) with Te Rito Maioha. 

New students are encouraged to contact Te Rito Maioha on 0800-244-532 or studentservices@ecnz.ac.nz to register their interest in completing the qualification. 

Students who have contacted the Aperfield Montessori Trust and indicated their interest in completing the qualification will be contacted by Te Rito Maioha over the next few weeks.

Te Rito Maioha intends to commence delivery of the new qualification in approximately February 2019.   Te Rito Maioha is currently in the process of obtaining NZQA’s approval for the new qualification and accreditation to deliver it.   The Te Rito Maioha and Aperfield Montessori Trust websites will be kept up to date to keep students informed. 

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