Become a teacher with the
Aperfield Montessori Diploma

The Aperfield Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education is unique. It is written by New Zealanders, with New Zealand content and fully administered in New Zealand. There are five courses, each with a study guide: Book One to Five.

The Diploma is primarily Montessori training/a qualification for ECE trained teachers or interested parents, living in New Zealand. Our vision is to prepare Aperfield Montessori teachers to take their place in Early Childhood Education - enabling the Montessori philosophy to play a key role in the enrichment of our educational community.

Please Note: From February 1st 2018, this Diploma will be replaced by our new 'New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)'.


What is Montessori Education?

Montessori Education is based on a lifetime of observation and study by Dr Maria Montessori.

She believed each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a 'blank slate' waiting to be written upon. She also revealed the true nature of how children develop and learn; meeting their needs by providing activities, opportunities and supportive environments.

The basic tenet of Montessori education is that a child learns best in an enriched environment - through exploration, discovery, and creativity, with the guidance and encouragement of trained, caring staff.





Re-enrolment (for existing students) is open for Book Two, Three and Four. Re-enrolments for Book Five: the Ministerial Module 'Aspirations for the Child and Teacher', open in October. 

Please Note: Students have until December 9th, 2019 to complete the current Diploma; including all Assignments, Practical Workshops, the Ministerial Module, Practical and Oral Assessments.

*50% Discount on 2016 Book 2 Course Fees

If two students from the same ECE service re-enrol in Book Two for 2016, they will receive 50% discount on Book 2 Course fees (NB: Set texts are not discounted). Full payment is required on confirmation of enrolment. 

Please go to our Downloads page to view the latest Prospectus, Re-Enrolment and Scholarships forms, plus Fees and Eligibility information.


We have confirmed the next Practical Workshops:

Book Two Workshop: 24-27 September, 2016 - at Nova Montessori in New Brighton, Christchurch.

Book Three & Four combined Workshop: 14-16 January, 2017 - at Airdmhor Montessori in Addington, Christchurch.

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If you have questions, contact the Administrator/Coordinator, Debbie Cocks: (03) 942 3697 or email