The Level 3 Montessori Partnership Diploma in Montessori Classroom Practice incorporating Innovate Awarding Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator) ***This course is only relevant for people in England***

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New Regulations in England

Since September 2014, if you want to gain a qualification that is recognised by Ofsted as allowing you work in the early years sector in England and be counted in the ratios it must have ‘Early Years Educator’ (EYE) in the title. We have combined the level 3 EYE diploma awarded by Innovate Awarding with our own to be able offer a qualification that does exactly that: The Level 3 Montessori Partnership Diploma in Montessori Classroom Practice incorporating Innovate Awarding Level 3 Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare (Early Years Educator)  to give it its full title. 


The course of study leading to this qualification is a combination of knowledge-based and workplace-based assignments, supported by direct observation of your practice by your assessor in your setting. You can start at any time and progress at your own pace, and you’ll find that all the course materials have been very carefully organised to be logical and easy to use. For many students, courses that are web-based are cumbersome and confusing, so we have opted to stick with our tried and tested e-mail based system.

Early Years Educator

The EYE part of the course is concerned with all the regulatory aspects of working in the early years, and this part of the qualification is the diploma awarded by Innovate Awarding. You don’t have to deal with them though, because we are responsible for all the communications and arrangements regarding this part of the course.

Montessori Classroom Practice

The Montessori part of the course gives a basic introduction to the Montessori theory that underpins classroom practice and gives you comprehensive but intensive training on working with the Montessori materials. This part of the course is covered in 10 full days of workshops, which we’re planning to offer in a variety of formats. Because our communications are electronic you can be virtually paperless if you wish, but because there is always a need for hard copies we provide you with a smart folder, with dividers already in place so your paperwork stays organised as you work through the 16 units of the course. 

Number of hours

The course consists of 310 guided learning hours (GLH) and approximately 690 private study hours, giving a total of approximately 1000 notional learning hours (NLH). 

Duration of your course

Your registration as a student runs for 3 years from the date of registration, unless you have a PCDL, in which case your registration is for a total of 28 months. You have the flexibility to proceed at your own pace and set your own deadlines for submitting your work, but you are expected to adhere to these deadlines.


Your assessor is always available by e-mail, phone or SMS to help you if you get stuck, and the added bonus is that when you have completed this course and gained your two diplomas you will have completed Stage 1 of the Montessori Partnership Advanced Montessori Teaching Diploma in Early Years Education, Level 5, giving you a way forward to continue your Montessori studies to gain a full Montessori teaching diploma.


Option 1: Payment in full: £3250.00

Option 2:  A deposit of £500 and then 16 x monthly instalments of £181.25

You can purchase a course by visiting our shop. Please click on the course description so that you are taken to the enrolment form prior to payment.

2018 Dates

New Dates In Manchester!

Venue: Alexandra Park Children’s Learning Community,

80 Demesne Rd, Manchester M16 8PH
Times: 09:00- 5:30 
Workshop Tutor: Helen Lerebours
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April: Practical Life
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th May: Sensorial
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th June: Maths
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st July: Language
Cultural workshop dates TBC.


Venue: Blenducate,  69-85 Whitmore Rd, Birmingham B10 0NR

Times: 9:00-5:30

Workshop Tutor: Helen Lerebours

Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st January 2018, LANGUAGE

Saturday 03rd, Sunday 4th March, CULTURAL


Venue: Happy Days Montessori School, Wembley, HA9 0RJ

Times: 9:00-5:30

Workshop Tutor: Margaret Dillane

Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd April, CULTURAL

Autumn Cycle of Workshops in London:

Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th September: PRACTICAL LIFE

Saturday 13, Sunday 14th October: SENSORIAL

Saturday 10, Sunday 11 November: MATHS

Saturday 19, Sunday 20 January 2019: LANGUAGE

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 February: CULTURAL