Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga (Aperfield Montessori)

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Applications for study commencing in Semester 2, 2021 have now closed

Learn to reveal the unique potential in every child with Aperfield Montessori teacher training in NZ.

Students completing this Montessori course will gain the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).

The Montessori diploma programme has been designed for a wide range of students including qualified early childhood and primary teachers, unqualified teachers, parents, carers, psychologists and other interested professionals wanting to train in the Montessori Method.

Diploma in Early Childhood NZ Aperfield Montessori


The Aperfield Montessori Method

This method of education is a holistic approach based on a lifetime of observation and study by Dr Maria Montessori.

Te Rito Maioha worked closely with the Aperfield Montessori Trust to develop this specific programme with courses taught by experienced Montessori-trained teachers.

We offer all our students a strong support network including access to an online Montessori training lecturer and to learning support. We also encourage students to take full advantage of our 11 teaching bases, where support is available from local academic staff.

Aperfield Montessori Trust Scholarship

The Aperfield Montessori Trust is offering scholarships to assist students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Aperfield Montessori) with their fees.  

If you are awarded a scholarship, and after you complete the qualification, the Trust will reimburse you directly for an amount up to $3,000.00 of the fees paid to Te Rito Maioha.

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Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit courses are taught over a 1-year period through a combination of online and face-to-face learning. There is also the option to study the programme part-time over 2 years.

Two of the courses will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.

If you are a qualified ECE teacher, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, which would reduce the programme to 6 months.

Completion of our Level 5 Aperfield Montessori programme may provide a pathway into our Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) initial teacher education programme and the opportunity to further your early childhood career.

Contact us 

0800 244 532


Virtual Open Day

Wednesday 7 April - 7pm
Zoom meeting ID: 858 1626 5375

Wednesday 28 April - 7pm
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Wednesday 12 May - 7pm
Zoom meeting ID: 811 7478 0250

Wednesday 26 May - 7pm
Zoom meeting ID: 886 6429 3292

Tuesday 1 June - 7pm
Zoom meeting ID: 859 4088 9758

Register Interest

2 July 2021

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5 with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a Confidential Referee Report (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014, including police vetting
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literacy credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1) – if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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