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Montessori Articles & Reflections

Keep up to date with all the exciting news from The Montessori Group. From our social impact work to government initiatives and campaigning, the latest from our International Training Centre, and inspirational stories from the world of Montessori.

Group News

Montessori Articles & Reflections

Keep up to date with all the exciting news from The Montessori Group. From our social impact work to government initiatives and campaigning, the latest from our International Montessori Institute, and inspirational stories from the world of Montessori.


Montessori Group and Simplyhealth partnership provides free healthy food boxes to families

The Montessori Group is hugely grateful to Simplyhealth for funding our provision of 150 food boxes for families with young children in East London.

Over January and February, more than 100 families will receive boxes packed with healthy, plant-based ingredients, along with advice and resources on preparing healthy, tasty meals for the whole family.

Each box is packed with fresh ingredients to feed a family of four, and includes breakfasts for the children, fun snack recipes, fresh fruit, a meal plan and access to online recipe videos.

Leonor Stjepic, CEO of the Montessori Group, says:

“We are delighted that Simplyhealth is supporting us to provide free healthy food and cookery resources to families who most need that support.

We know the vital role good nutrition plays in children’s learning and development, and this project means we can make a real difference for families.”

Wendy Cummins, Charity Manager for Simplyhealth says:

“We are proud to be supporting the Montessori Group with their food boxes, as building healthier communities is a key part of Simplyhealth’s purpose.

The food boxes will give families who need it most, the opportunity to create nutritional meals together, helping to improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

Read more about Simplyhealth here

Montessori Centre International is now an approved centre for NCFE CACHE

CACHE, the UK’s leading sector specialist in health, care and education, is proud to be working with the Montessori Group to support and develop the Montessori trainee and practitioner community across the world.

Montessori Centre International looks forward to offering a range of regulated qualifications including the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) and the NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator).

Delivering expert Early Years education and care requires essential knowledge, behaviours and skills, combined with a keen appreciation of the privilege of caring for young people. These expertly developed and academically approved qualifications offer diverse training and a specialist approach to Early Years education, proving a continued investment in blended, connected learning by the collaborators.

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Who We Are

The Montessori Group is a global leader in Montessori provision, supporting quality Montessori education throughout the world through social impact, training, quality assurance and support for families and educators. 

With the child at the heart of all it does, the Montessori Group works with governments, organisations, families and Montessori educators to ensure that the Montessori approach is as beneficial to society in the 21st Century as it was in the 20th Century.


Governance of the Montessori Group falls under the remit of the Board of Trustees of the charity Montessori St Nicholas.

The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration. The Board meets four times a year to oversee the work of the charity and its subsidiary.

Meet Our Trustees

The Board is supported by the Executive Team who are responsible for the day to day management of the Montessori Group.

Meet Our Executive Team

Group Structure

The Montessori Group consists of Montessori St Nicholas and Montessori Centre International.

Montessori Centre International is the trading name for St Nicholas Montessori Training Ltd, registered company number 06429337.

Montessori St Nicholas and Montessori St Nicholas Charity are abbreviated names for Montessori St Nicholas Ltd, registered company number : 00531204, registered charity number: 313636.

Registered office: 4/4a Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2RP.

Statutory Accounts

The latest set of Group Statutory accounts can be found here, and the policy on setting the pay of the Chief Executive here.

What Do We Stand For?

Dr. Maria Montessori envisaged an education system that allows the child to reach its full potential; an approach that instils a love of learning and curiosity about the world that is lifelong, one that we believe is as viable and needed today as it was 100 years ago.

In a world of that is rapidly changing and undergoing a digital revolution, with the consequences for humanity as far-reaching as those of the industrial revolution, Montessori provides an alternative pedagogy that will prepare children for the world in which they are growing up.

From learning skills needed for future work to an understanding of the respect for the natural world around us, instilling respect for diversity and developing emotional resilience – the Montessori pedagogy covers them all.

Our vision is a world where every child is given the tools to grow into adults who will have a positive and transformational impact on the world.

The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos.

Maria Montessori

The purpose of life is to obey the hidden command which ensures harmony among all and creates an ever better world. We are not created only to enjoy the world, we are created in order to evolve the cosmos.

Maria Montessori

What We Offer

The Montessori Group offers world-class training from diploma to degree level, partnerships, quality assurance, social impact and support for families and educators alike.


Montessori Centre International (MCI) is one of the world’s leading providers of Montessori and Early Years training, inspiring change through a universally recognised holistic approach to learning.

We offer a range of training opportunities, including nationally recognised qualifications, to both start new journeys and continue professional development in Montessori education. We also write and deliver bespoke training programmes.

Our blended learning approach allows a mix of online and face-to-face study, connecting students globally in a transformational way. Through our global network of accredited settings, which provide a public statement of quality, students can expect the highest quality of practical experience whether in their placement or practical workshop training.

Our tutors are simply passionate about what they do; providing quality teaching and supporting students through their journey every step of the way.

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Whether partnering with Universities and Governments or supporting Early Years environments and educators, MCI provides in-country, self-sustaining solutions for the delivery of quality education, training and accreditation – a future investment in early years learning.

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Social Impact

Dr Maria Montessori was not only an educator and scientist but also a champion of humanitarian causes.  We honour her work and legacy by having a range of social impact programmes that are allied and use Montessorian values to create social impact.

Collaboration is an important tenet of Montessori and we put collaborative relationships at the heart of all we do.

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Standards & Training Accreditation Review (STAR) framework

Recognition through our quality assurance scheme, known as the Standards and Training Accreditation (STAR) framework, provides public recognition of quality educational provision which is innovative and relevant; it can help educators to make more informed decisions when looking for high-quality training or study and can help parents make more informed decisions about which Montessori environment to choose.

Achievement within the STAR framework provides assurance to communities, illustrating that the educational provider maintains compliance with our standards, operating in accordance with well-defined and objective benchmarks, routed in authentic and sustainable Montessori practice.

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Support for Educators

We believe we need to address the status of the early years Montessori Educator – both in terms of being able to gain funding for their training and being paid in line with mainstream educators. To do this:

  • We have supported the workforce survey relating to the review of the EYFS commissioned by the Early Years Coalition.
  • We have commissioned research from the OU focusing on Montessori workforce and quality of provision linked to qualification. The findings will give us an opportunity to highlight this issue to the public.
  • We are continuing to work with other early years organisations on this work.
  • We provide bursaries for those wishing to upskill or train as Montessori practitioners.
  • We provide free and accessible resources online to our members through our Montessori Network. Join the Network community today!
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Support for Families

To support families we:

  • We provide free and accessible resources online for our members through our Montessori Network
  • Raise awareness of and encourage engagement of families in legislative and policy changes that we believe will have a negative impact on children e.g. the proposed changes on the Early Years Foundation Stage and proposed testing of 4-5 year olds.