In 2021, it is time to broaden the service offer and to reinvigorate the potential impact and depth of the Montessori Centre International (MCI) involvement with its quality enhancement responsibilities across the education sector and strengthen its place at the forefront of educational quality assurance activity to benefit learners worldwide.
Our new Standards & Training Accreditation Review (STAR) framework offers a pioneering approach to educational accreditation, endorsement and approval. Awarding the STAR status to quality settings and educators choosing to be held accountable for their methods of operation and professional practice is essential for supporting parents, learner’s families and the communities, seeking confirmation of excellence amongst the range of educational provision available today.
If educational providers are looking to be recognised for their commitment to high-quality learning and teaching -STAR is the quality mark that is the best fit. A personalised assessment process, reflective and responsive to the unique provision at each provider, routed in dependable and valuable comparisons with the highest-quality sector standards.
To learn more about STAR, please contact us for further information: email@example.com
Raising the status of Montessori educators and supporting Montessori settings
As many practitioners are aware, the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on children, families, and many settings. Along with others in the early years field, we believe that it is important that we keep early years education and funding for settings, as well as improving the status of early years educators firmly on the Government agenda.
We are proud to be part of the group supporting the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Childcare and Early Education, alongside other organisations such as the Early Years Alliance and National Day Nurseries Association.
The APPG brings together Parliamentarians and leading voices in the childcare and early education sector to promote and facilitate discussion on key policy issues.
The Montessori Group and the APPG are closely aligned in supporting early years settings to give all children the best possible start in life. The APPG’s recent calls on the Government include commissioning an independent review into the costs of delivering childcare and education, to ensure that settings are financially stable and can operate sustainably, and for children and families to have easy access to the early education and care they need to thrive.
These calls are echoed by our own calls on the Government to provide better financial support for the early years sector, clearer guidance for parents and practitioners over transmission rates among the 0-5 age group – and between this group and adults – and our demand for early years practitioners to be prioritised for the vaccine.
Other opportunities for settings and Montessori educators
SECTOR CONSULTATION: Integrating Montessori Practice (IMP) – Home-based Education & Childminding
MCI are keen to invite our networks to take part in the next stage of our course development process for our newest qualification outline. Having now reached the stage of scrutiny and evaluation, as we add the final touches to our Integrating Montessori Practice (IMP) specialism in Home-based Practice and Childminding, we welcome experienced practitioners to share with us in this important phase of designing this community relevant and much in-demand training programme.
The course operates as a professional development opportunity through a series of connected, blended learning modules developed specifically for practising, registered childminders who already have gained their early years practitioner or qualified teacher qualifications. (Additionally, other pre-requisite child-minding qualifications can be accepted for entry).
The content of this course helps practitioners to gain knowledge of the Montessori pedagogical principles and offers practical ideas on how to prepare the home – based environment to serve the child’s holistic development through Montessori activities.
If you are interested to learn more, contribute your thoughts and evaluations into our final course design or take part in our pilot programme running late in 2021, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SECTOR OPPORTUNITIES: STAR approval for Host Centre – MCI course delivery