0 – 3 Years

Assistants to Infancy (0 – 3 years) Diploma

The Indaba Montessori Institute is proudly offering South Africa’s first AMI 0-3 Course, commencing on 7 August 2017. The course covers in depth Montessori pedagogy and practices along with the current socio-emotional and psychological approaches to childhood development in the first three years of life.

Course Outline:

  • Montessori Theory
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Nutrition
  • Hygiene
  • Child Neuropsychiatry
  • Psych-sensory Theory and Demonstrations
  • Home Environment – theoretical introduction
  • Home Environment – demonstrations
  • Communities Theoretical Introduction
  • Communities Demonstration


To be considered for enrolment, please complete the application form (link to the application form). You will need to support your application with a digital photograph and a motivational letter (350 words max). Candidates will also be interviewed by the Director of Training, Julia Hilson.

Course Dates

Module 1: 07 August – 15 September 2017
Module 2: 08 January – 23 February 2018
Module 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

Entry Requirements:

  • South African students: NQF 4 or equivalent
  • International students: A-Level or equivalent
  • A successful interview with the Director of Training
  • A good command of the English language

Course Fees:

South African Students: R45 000 (tuition only)
International Students: $9750 (tuition with catering and accommodation for the duration of the course – 18 weeks).
Please allow $100 per week for spending money

A payment plan is available (link to payment plan)

Student Handbook (link)

Julia Hilson

Julia Hilson

Director of Training

Julia Hilson has worked in Montessori Education for over 30 years and  holds AMI Diploma’s for, 0-3 (Australia) , 3-6 (London) and 6-12 (Italy) as well as a Bachelor and Masters in Education and is an AMI
A-I Trainer.

She has established Independent Schools/ Child Care Centres and ran classes in the UK and Australia.

She attended the inaugural Educateurs sans Frontieres gathering at Citta De Castella in 1999.

Following visits to remote Indigenous communities she was asked by Montessori Children’s Foundation to establish the first Montessori 3-6 Class for Tagai State College in the Torres Straits in 2009. This initiative grew to include two 3-6 Montessori Classes within the Tagai Primary School and eleven Parent/Toddler Groups on separate Islands throughout the Torres Strait. In 2014 Julia started working in two Aboriginal Communities on Mainland Australia visiting regularly to help establish Montessori. Julia now lives in Cairns where she travels to mentor and support the Montessori programmes in the Torres Strait Islands and in Cape York.


Julia’s area of interest is to empower indigenous people to establish and run Montessori programs in their own communities.

3 – 6 Years

Course details to follow for 2018.


IMI will be hosting the ESF conference in 2018. Information will be updated on the website shortly.