Infant Toddler {Diploma} Course

The ITDC is packaged for existing and intending creche owners, nursery teachers, pre-school teachers, parents and guardians who desire to train as Montessori caregivers and nurturers, learning more about meeting the needs of children across all areas of development in the first three years of life. The curriculum components reflect the uniqueness of the individual child and emphasize the use of appropriate methods which are based on enduring, continuing observations.
The diploma covers both the academic and practical phases. The course gives a thorough understanding of the Montessori principles and philosophy relevant to children in the first three years of life and affords students on the course the opportunity to have hands-on practical experience with children. The syllabus includes:
  • Montessori Philosophy  and pedagogy
  • Child Development  (0 through 3years)
  • Observation and assessment techniques
  • The Environment and Safety within it
  • The Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers including the creative areas
  • Child, Family and Society
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Practicum experience
Option 1: (Full-time) 7 months (January –July)
Under this arrangement students attend classes full time (9am-2pm), 2 days a week to cover the academic phase of the course and also spend 3 days a week within the seven months in the Montessori Infant Toddler environment to cover the practicum phase of the course
Option 2: (Part-time) 8 months: January – August
Under this arrangement students attend classes Part -time on Saturdays only, from 9am -5pm to cover the academic phase of the course. The practicum phase of the course is taken within one year of completion of the academic phase. Upon successful completion of all aspects of the course, the student will be awarded the Montessori Diploma (IT) which qualifies you to work with infants and toddlers in Montessori environments. Where a student has completed the Early Childhood {Diploma} Course before taking the Infant-Toddler {Diploma} Course, such a student will be expected to spend a minimum of six weeks on Practicum with either 0-18months or 18months-36months age-range.
To be accepted on to the Infant and Toddler Diploma Course, you need to have a minimum qualification of Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University and be a minimum of 20 years of age.  Students with an OND (Ordinary National Diploma) or NCE (National Certificate of Education) who want to apply must have been working with children within the 0 through 3years age-range for a minimum of five years with proof of employment to qualify.  However, such applicants will still be tested and interviewed to determine their ability to cope with the course.