Montessori Training Centre of BC
A Place of Education for adults on the nature of childhood
Please see our Information Brochure for details.
“Whoever touches the life of the child,
touches the most sensitive point of a whole
which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”
The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia (MTCBC) works in affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale. The courses offered must meet rigorous standards, in both content and teaching staff. The Diploma awarded by the MTCBC is in great demand by Montessori Schools both nationally and internationally. Individuals must enquire what local requirements set out by government regulatory bodies must also be met when applying for teaching positions.
Assistants to Infancy students are trained to work with parents perinatally, assist with the infant at birth, prepare beautiful and responsive environments, work in infant and toddler communities in schools and day care settings and in hospitals – wherever children under the age of three are found!
British Columbia Infant Toddler Educator 0 – 3
Infant Toddler Educator Certificate (ECE, Post Basic) The Assistants to Infancy Course is accredited by the provincial government. Graduates who hold an ECE certificate in British Columbia qualify for the Post Basic Infant Toddler Educator Certificate upon completion of the course. Applications for a certificate are sent to the Early Childhood Educator Registry, Ministry of Children and Family Development.
AMI Assistants to Infancy Director of Training
Maria Teresa (Chacha) Vidales
An AMI Director of Training at the Assistants to Infancy Level. She has directed courses in Dallas, Texas, China and Australia. She also co-directed the Assistants to Infancy Course in Japan and San Diego, and collaborated with the course in Denver. Maria Teresa serves as AMI examiner, consultant, lecturer, and workshop leader. Maria Teresa also holds the AMI Primary diploma. She has operated a school in Mexico since 1989, and has been working with children close to thirty years. Chacha also served on the AMI Board of Directors. We are thrilled to be offering a 5th course under Chacha Vidales’ directorship.
As a daughter of Maria Teresa Vidales, Teanny’s journey in Montessori began in Mexico City where she attended Montessori school from the age of 4 to 12 years. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. As an AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma (0-3) holder, Teanny worked in Chacha’s Montessori school with this age group for more than 25 years. Here she opened the first Nido in Mexico in 1999 for babies aged 3 months old to walking. Currently she has been lecturing alongside Maria Teresa Vidales (Chacha) in courses in Mexico, China and Canada. Teanny is an AMI consultant in Mexico and the USA and gives workshops for teachers and parents. We are very pleased she is able to bring her deep passion for this age group to our course in Vancouver.
Course Assistant and Administrator
Cathy Lingbin Xi
Cathy completed her BA in English in China before venturing to Canada to study Early Childhood education from birth to 6 in Ontario. She became inspired to learn more about Maria Montessori’s work and completed her AMI Primary Diploma at the Montessori Training Center of BC. She wanted to know still more, so enrolled in the Assistants to Infancy Diploma Course (0 – 3). Expecting her first child at the end of the first summer of her studies, she realizes how the course truly prepared her and her husband for the day to day life with a newborn son! At the end of the second summer of her studies, their son took his first step! She says life is a joy with him as she has deepened her knowledge of the first three years of life and understands human development for a different and most inspiring perspective! Cathy looks forward to being part of this wonderful journey of discovery that the students embark on.
The first summer’s work begins with an overview of Montessori theory and practice, following the child’s natural development, and focusing on the period from conception to age three. Obstetrics, hygiene, and nutrition cover the anatomy and physiology of reproduction, fetal development, birth, health issues, and the puerperium (the first eight weeks after birth). We study the preparation of supportive and beautiful environments and their adaptation to the child’s changing needs; emphasis is on the home and family environment, but easily applied to group settings. Written assignments are handed in regularly throughout the summer. The first summer ends with a written exam and conference
Between the two summers
The requirements are scheduled by the student.
Students complete 250 hours of observation of children from birth to three, at home and in group settings. Each students arranges a Practicum with children in a Montessori Infant Community directed by an AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma holder who will evaluate the Practicum. If a visit is required by a course staff member, travel and lodging expenses are the student’s responsibility. Observation assignments are handed in regularly during this period.
The second summer adds a study of child neuropsychiatry and of environments for children from 12 to 36 months in an Infant Community (out of home setting), including appropriate materials and activities. Written assignments are handed in regularly throughout the summer. Written and oral exams are given at the end of the second summer.
Assistants to Infancy Course Overview
The AMI Montessori Assistants to Infancy Training course graduates are prepared to be Montessori Infant Toddler Educators to work with parents perinatally, assist with the infant at birth, prepare beautiful and responsible environments, direct Infant Toddler Communities in schools and day care settings, in hospitals, and wherever children under the age of three are found! Spanish speaking students may do course work and take exams in Spanish. Translators are also welcome at the student’s own expense.
- Montessori Pedagogy and Philosophy: the natural development of the child from conception to three years of age
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Obstetrics Prenatal, birth, and postnatal development
- Nutrition and Hygiene Maternal care, digestive system, food preparation, and health issues.
- Child Neuropsychiatry: The Nervous System and normal psychological development
- Development of Movement and Development of Language
- Environment Preparation of the home and Infant Community as an aid to human development within the first three years of life.
- Music, Art, and Social/Emotional Development
- Material Making Hand-made materials
- Observations Practical training for observation of infants and toddlers in homes and Infant Communities
- Practicum in a Montessori Infant Community directed by an AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma holder.
- Preparation of reference and curriculum albums
Requirements for Certification
The Montessori Assistants to Infancy Diploma is granted upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements in:
- attendance at lectures and supervised practice
- 250 hours observation of infants and toddlers which includes a one week practice in a Montessori Infant Community
- material making assignments
- written assignments and research paper on the Symbiotic Period
- reference albums and resource manuals
- passing grades on written examinations
- passing grades in oral examinations conducted by Examiners of the AMI.
A to I Coordinator: Cathy Xi : firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistants to Infancy Campus, a satellite Campus of the MTCBC
1410 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 2E2