Our aim:


To establish AMI training in New Zealand in order to prepare graduates to seek employment in Montessori schools both in New Zealand and internationally.

About MMEF

The Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF) is an affiliated training centre for Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

The purposes of the MMEF are as follows:

  • To establish AMI training in New Zealand. Integral to this also will be to support the participation in the AMI Training of Trainers programme by AMI Diploma holders in New Zealand.
  • To uphold the rights of the child in society, and make known the child’s importance for the progress of civilisation;
  • To make known the natural laws of growth in order to help the child to develop naturally in the family, school and society;
  • To spread and uphold the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori, which ensures the independence of the child’s personality through successive stages of growth until full normal development is reached by means of the child’s own activity;
  • To provide opportunities wherever possible for children to develop normally, thereby helping all adults to enter into a new life of harmony and cooperation with children; and by thus unifying the two fundamental phases of human life, to lead the way to a higher and more peaceable civilisation;
  • To support the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) as a social movement that will strive to obtain recognition for the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs.

MMEF is a registered Charitable Trust. It was accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) in 2008.

MMEF Comprises:

The Management Team

A team of trustees made up of AMI trained staff from 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12 years, plus financial and business representation.


The Advisory Group

Representatives to advise on education and training matters and initiatives.


The Academic Team

MMEF faculty 


MMEF Faculty

Carol Potts - Director of Training


 3-6 Trainer, New Zealand


Carol Potts obtained the AMI (3-6) diploma in 1995, in London. She has worked with young children for more than 25 years and additionally mentors in 3-6 environments. Carol is on the Management Team of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF). She has completed the AMI Training of Trainers programme and is an examiner for AMI. 


Course assistant and student support


                                               Guest lecturers 


 Julia Hilson - Director of Training


 Assistants to Infancy 0-3 Trainer, Australia


 Julia completed her 6-12 Course in Bergamo, the 3-6 Course in London and 0-3 Course on the Gold Coast – as well as attending the inaugural Educateurs sans Frontieres  gathering Citta De Castella in 1999.  Julia was instrumental in establishing two 3-6 Montessori classes within the Tagai  Primary School and nine parent/toddler groups on separate islands throughout the Torres Strait.  Julia completed the Training of Trainers  Program, is an AMI examiner and consultant.  


                                           Course assistant and student support