Q. Do you offer only part-time courses?
A. We offer full-time, part-time & distance learning courses. We also offer various short courses and workshops on a regular basis.
Q. Are your staff qualified?
A. Yes. We have a total of 7 lecturers for the ELF Montessori Training Centre (3 full-time and 4 part-time). Our lecturers are highly qualified specialists, with most of them holding a Bachelor’s Degree and managing their own Montessori centres.
Q. Do students have any school experience during training?
A. Observation days and teaching practice with children are built into the programme.
Q. What does the course cost?
A. Fees for courses and workshops are set at affordable rates, and payments plans are arranged to suit everybody. The current fee structure and bursary information can be obtained by contacting the administrator: Elfsecretary@gmail.com, or telephoning her during office hours (Tuesday to Friday 08h30 – 13h30) at 021 685 8119.
Q. What are the job opportunities after qualifying with the Diploma?
A. Jobs are always available both in South Africa and overseas. For a start, you may visit the following website for leads: South African Montessori Association (SAMA) and Montessori Europe.
Q. Will the Diploma allow me to teach anywhere?
A. All countries have their own standards and levels of training. Students would need to check with the requirements of the country in which they wish to work.
Q. How many Montessori Schools are there in South Africa?
A. There are many Montessori schools in all the provinces of South Africa – with over 50 in the Western Cape area alone. For locations contact the South African Montessori Association (SAMA).