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Montessori Centre International held its 2014 Graduation Ceremony and MEAB School Accreditation Awards last week, where 130 students received awards from Lesley Joffick, founder of the London Montessori Centre.
Montessori Centre International trains over 500 students a year globally on their diploma, foundation degree and continued professional development Montessori courses.
Penny Johns, director of Studies at Montessori Centre International said: “We were delighted to welcome Lesley Joffick to our Ceremony. As founder of the London Montessori Centre, now Montessori Centre International, Lesley understands just how dedicated our students are. Our experienced tutors work hard to ensure every Montessori student achieves their personal best.”
2014 has been a landmark year for the Montessori training organization. MCI celebrated the launch of the new Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator). MCI is currently the only Montessori training provider to deliver an Early Years Educator qualification and a Higher education qualification with student finance available as well as tailor made CPD for providers.
The Ceremony also recognized the achievements of the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board schools with 10 new MEAB schools receiving their awards on the night. MEAB is a quality improvement scheme, which acknowledges and support good, genuine Montessori practice and promotes greater understanding amongst parents and the wider educational sector of what constitutes 'best practice' in Montessori settings.
There are now 178 MEAB schools. The accreditation ensures that schools using the Montessori name have to offer the high quality education it stands for. All accredited schools carry the MEAB logo and plaque to signpost them as genuine Montessori settings.
The proportion of Montessori Schools’ Association Members with MEAB accreditation is now approaching 26 per cent.
Michele Dows-Miller, deputy accreditation officer said: “It is a testament to all MEAB participants that the scheme is now beginning to be recognized as a benchmark, not only for good Montessori practice but for good early years’ practice as a whole. It is committed to continue to improve practice for the benefit of all those involved with a setting – children, parents, staff and students.”