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Special offer Two students from one centre receive 50% discount on course fees. Special conditions apply


Welcome to Aperfield Montessori Trust 

The Montessori Early Childhood Education Diploma Course

  • Written by New Zealanders
  • With New Zealand content
  • Fully administered in New Zealand

It can be studied by:

  • Distance learning
  • Directed distance learning (Christchurch only)

This course is available to New Zealand and Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand and Australian citizens.  Unfortunately this course is not open to international students.


The updated Prospectus is available online. Please refer to ‘Prospectus’ for this publication. This outlines the new criteria for new and existing students interested in enrolling in the diploma for 2016. ENROLMENTPlease email our Administrator for an enrolment pack for 2016. Enrolment is open for all four Montessori courses and the Ministerial Module: Aspirations for the child and teacher. Apply now to the Administrator Ph: 03 385 7705​ if you have questions or email… 

About the Diploma
The Diploma is primarily a Montessori training / qualification for ECE trained teachers or interested parents living in New Zealand. The programme is supplemented by supervised practice and mentoring which occurs within the workplace.The Diploma is administered by the Aperfield Montessori Trust. The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and the Aperfield Montessori Trust is accredited to teach it.  Certain entry conditions apply. Read more...

Montessori Education
Montessori Education is based on a lifetime of observation and study on the part of Dr Maria Montessori, who was born in 1870 and died 1952 …
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Quality Commission The Aperfield Montessori Trust has agreed to observe and be bound by the itenz Quality Commission. Copies of the itenz Code of Practice are available on request from: the office of the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand’s website at; the office of the Quality Commissioner –; by phoning 0509 COMMISSION.