Headstart Mercy Montessori is a Private Higher Education Institute providing full-time Montessori teacher training.

Headstart Mercy Montessori is the only training institution in South Africa that offers a Level 6 qualification for ECD, early years (pre-school) educators. This enables students to apply for work in both traditional and Montessori environments as pre-school teachers.


3 Year Full-time Course:
NQF Level 6 Diploma in Early Childhood Development: Montessori Teaching

The Level 6 Diploma in Early Childhood Development: Montessori Teaching is the Professional Qualification in Montessori Teaching. This is a three year full time course that covers Montessori methodology and practice from birth to 9 years. The course also includes Xhosa, music, drama and communication skills.

The full-time NQF Level 6 Course – only available in the Cape Town – runs for 5 hours per day x 5 days per week and has a credit value of 360.

This Qualification is registered with SAQA, and accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Our organization is registered with he Department of Higher Education and Training, to offer this qualification. (Department of Higher Education and Training registration number: 2010/HE07/001; Council on Higher Education registration number: H/PR164/E003CAN)

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We welcome applicants who show:

  • An aptitude for working sympathetically and respectfully with children
  • An aptitude for critical, reflective thinking and independent learning
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Possession of a Matric Exemption Certificate, or NQF Level 5 ECD Diploma, or higher

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The Course Outline

MODULE 1 — 0 TO 6 YEARS
Montessori Theory:
Theoretical base for Montessori philosophy and approach to education
Montessori Methodology:
Teaching methodology encompassing all relevant Pre-Primary subject areas
Psychology:
The psychology of child development and its application in the classroom
Classroom Observation:
Guided weekly observation in Montessori environments
Classroom Subjects:
Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural subjects and Creative Arts.
Additional subjects – Art, Xhosa & Music
MODULE 2 — 0 TO 6 YEARS
Montessori Theory and Methodology
Record Keeping and Assessment
Teaching Practice
Classroom Subjects:
Geometry, Mathematics, Language, Literature, Cultural subjects, a second language.
Additional subjects – Art, Xhosa & Music
MODULE 3 — 6 TO 9 YEARS
Montessori Theory and Methodology
First Aid Training
Teaching Practice
Classroom Subjects:
Geometry, Mathematics, Language, Literature, Cultural subjects
Integration of Subject Areas
Classroom Management Skills
Special Education:
An essential approach to inclusive practice in the classroom
Additional subjects – Art, Xhosa & Music