Heads of school or administrators are at the core of the Montessori school. The Administrator upholds Montessori principles leading staff and parents to a common understanding and common vision of the program’s purpose to provide excellence in Montessori education for children. The Administrator also represents and communicates this understanding of Montessori education to the larger community.

Montessori programs for young children must follow all provincial regulations for child care and education programs for children at various ages. The regulations include aspects such as age groupings, adult:child ratios, staff qualifications, group size, etc. and they vary from province to province in Canada. The Government Liaison Committee of AMI (Canada) works with government representatives, advisory groups and others at various levels to ensure that the international standards of the AMI are represented at this level.

Operating a Montessori School

The Association Montessori Internationale offers clear guiding principles for Montessori programs at all levels, infant through adolescence. These principles are based on Dr. Montessori’s scientific observation of children around the world over many years. They are found in her writing, they are supported by neuroscientists and they are validated by research as best practice in Montessori education.

Montessori Quality Assurance is Canada’s AMI quality assurance program. The ‘standards’ are set out in the Essential Characteristics of AMI Environments in support of the full development of the human being. These criteria provide the structure around which a high quality program is built.

Administrators at MQA schools share a common vision and often collaborate to support each other in their work.

Further specifics are outlined in AMI School Policies and Practices.

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