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The Child


About This Course

The Child course is designed to introduce the Montessori understanding of child development to those who have no prior experience, and to act as a refresher for those who have had previous training. The focus is on making connections between the theory and real life ‘classroom’ practice. We acknowledge that the classroom may be formal, run by a childminder or home based - the approach may apply to any setting. This course features videos, reflection exercises, audio, discussion opportunity and a final quiz based assessment.

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What You'll Learn

This course will cover: Planes of Development; Human Tendencies; Sensitive Periods; Applying Theory to your Practice


There are no requirements to take this course, just an interest in parenting the Montessori approach.

Course Staff

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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy joined the MCI academic team in 2013. He previously taught in Nursery and Reception age classes for 13 years and was at Gorton Mount Primary when it became the first state school in the UK to adopt the Montessori approach. At MCI he is Head of Digital Education. He is also an assessor for MEAB, the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. He received his BA (QTS) in Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies in Ambleside. He completed his Montessori Diploma at MCI. Jeremy will be online every week to respond to the discussion.

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Tags: Pracitioner, practioners, professional development, nursery, daycare, early years, pre-school