Our aim:


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


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

MMEF is a signatory to The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary & International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. A copy of the MMEF's Pastoral Care Plan outlining a whole-of-provider approach to learner safety and well being can be found here.  


MMEF is a Category 1 training provider, click here to read the latest NZQA External Evaluation Review. 

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 including the Director of Training and Course Administrator.


MMEF Faculty:

Carol Potts - Director of Training

 3-6 Trainer, New Zealand


Carol Potts completed the AMI Training of Trainers programme and is now the Director of Training for the 3-6 Diploma Course. 

She has worked with young children for more than 25 years and delights in the opportunity to mentor and consult in 3-6 environments in between training courses. She is on the faculty of Beijing Kidtopia Montessori Institute, Beijing and has offered Foundation & Certificate Courses and workshops in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China.

Carol is on the Management Team of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF).


Course administrator and learner support


Guest lecturers 


Additional trainers with different age level expertise will join MMEF to deliver AMI Orientation and Diploma Courses. 


Visit this page to find out about all courses being offered by MMEF.