AMI Orientation Course 0-3


24 February - 26 March 2023


800€ or 1 565 BGN

Course Goals

  • The intention of the international AMI Orientation Certificate Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Nido or Infant Community.
  • In a Montessori classroom, the assistant supports the lead teacher and helps him/her create and retain balance. The assistant observes children and knows when to intervene and when to withhold from helping. He/she knows how to support children in developing independence and has a deep understanding of Montessori’s approach to freedom and discipline. The assistant is a great supporter for the lead teacher and for the child.

Introduction to the course

The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 0-3 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Montessori Nido or Infant Community practice.

  • A fully online course
  • 60 hours
  • Guidance of AMI trainer, Heidi Philippart
  • Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • International students


Module 1
3 – 5 March
Friday: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Module 2
10 – 12 March
Friday: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Module 3
17 – 19 March
Friday: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Module 4
24 – 26 March
Friday: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Montessori assistants wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills
  • Parents (and other family members)
  • Professionals working with children (teachers, carers, nannies, social workers..)
  • Anyone interested in Montessori (all adults interested in child development or considering a career in Montessori)

Course Content

  • Introduction to Montessori
  • The Role of the Directress
  • The Role of the Assistant
  • Overview of the Planes of Development
  • The Child’s Mind from 0-6 years
  • Order
  • Movement 0-3
  • Language
  • Independence
  • Prepared Environment
  • Freedom and Discipline
  • Observation and its relevance
  • Music and Art
  • Maintaining Environment
  • Toilet Learning

Training Director

Heidi Philippart

Heidi Philippart M.A.(Edu), A.M.I.(Dip), lives and works in Amsterdam. She was first introduced to Montessori in the late 80’s early 90’s, while working under the guidance of Patty Wallner (AMI Assistant to Infancy trainer) and Silvana Montanaro (founder of the AMI Assistant to Infancy programme). Heidi trained in Denver with Judi Orion on the Assistant to Infancy level, has worked extensively with the 0-3 programme and is an AMI trainer on the Assistant to Infancy level.

In 1996 she opened her first Montessori school and now runs two small Montessori Bilingual Preschools in the centre of Amsterdam, working with between 80 – 90 families every year. Her speciality is helping parents in the application of Montessori principles and bilingualism in the home environment. Heidi has spoken extensively around the Netherlands and internationally (France, USA, Australia, Britain) on Montessori related topics such as toilet independence, preparation of the home environment and the general area of birth to three. Heidi is presently working on the AMI Diploma – Assistant to Infancy in London.


Online format

Live sessions on Zoom
in form of LECTURES with occasional discussions and work in small groups. Taking notes is highly recommended.

Schoology platform
is used for all communication assignment submission. It is very user-friendly and helps us stay structured.

Technical support
is available before, during and after the course.

Course language
  • The whole course is given in English.
  • It is also being simultaneously interpreted into Bulgarian, Czech & Hebrew.
  • All course work including written assignments can be done in English, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak & Hebrew.
  • It is a prerequisite to have at least a B2 level (verbal and written) command of one of the languages.

AMI Certificate

What is AMI certification?

Association Montessori International (AMI) is a worldwide leading authority on Montessori education. Maria Montessori founded the association herself to further her work and AMI certified courses are hence known for their high quality and integrity with Montessori’s work. They are respected and acknowledged worldwide and some schools accept teachers only with AMI certified education. Institute Montessori Bulgaria is the only organisation which offers AMI certified training in Bulgaria.

What certificate will I receive?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements for certification will earn the worldwide recognized AMI 0-3 Orientation Course Certificate.

Requirements for certification

Three essays
Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.

9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.

Reports and Notes
Submission of observation notes and observation report.

Minimum of 90% live attendance.

Overall satisfactory participation in the course
As evaluated by the Course Director.

You have 12 weeks to submit all the assignments.
If students do not finish their requirements for certification on time before the course finishes, they have 12 weeks to submit their missing work.

Recommended literature

Students are recommended to read the following literature. The access to it can be purchased during registration.

Absorbent Mind
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Child in the Family
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Understanding the Human Being
Selected chapters; Silvana Q. Montanaro

Education for a New World
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

The 1946 London Lectures
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Individual members and subscribed organizations of Montessori Society Bulgaria receive a 5% discount on the fee for participating in the course. See more about MSB Membership and Subscription opportunities.

For registration and contact:

If you would like to register in the upcoming AMI course or have any other questions, please contact us!

Online registration form: here


phone: +359 878 832 823

The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Bulgarian language.

The course is run by Association Montessori Internationalе (AMI) and is co-hosted by Montessori Institute Prague and Montessori Society Bulgaria.

Online Registration

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