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Aperfield Montessori Trust
History and goals for the
Aperfield Montessori Trust
To prepare Aperfield Montessori
teachers to take their place in
the Early Childhood Education
(ECE) industry to enable the
Montessori philosophy to play a
key role in the enrichment of
our educational community.
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Mission Statement:
The Aperfield Montessori Trust aims to promote the value of Montessori
education in New Zealand.
In particular it aims to:
Formulate and administer a high quality Montessori Early Childhood
training programme that is relevant to New Zealand and will interweave
with the Early Childhood Curriculum requirements.
The Trust is committed to:
Adult education principles that promote autonomous and lifelong learners.
Supporting the ‘quality’ recommendations for Early Childhood Education
as recognised in the principles and strands of Te Whāriki.
Meeting the needs of stakeholders e.g. students, tutors, ECE proprietors,
NZQA, TEC, MOE, Charities Commission and other government
departments .
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In the mid 1980s, Binda Goldsbrough (MBE) wrote
a paper with Rachel Ryan which was initially
trialled at Palmerston North College of Education.
• In 1989, due to funding constraints, a Massey
Intro Montessori course failed to be delivered
•In 1989, MANZ approached Wellington,
Christchurch & Dunedin Colleges of Education for
assistance with training but none were willing to
incorporate Binda's course into their ECE generic
•In 1990 Binda continued to extend & develop the
course at the request of teachers and preschool
owners. She published a particularly NZ
Montessori programme, the first of 3 then 4
courses- in her biography Binda stated that she
hoped the self study course would meet the
students needs, “but to remember – it is only a
beginning” . . . . .
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•In June 1991 after serious negotiations with the Christchurch College of
Education, the first face to face Introductory Montessori course was
offered to a group of over 20 parents, teachers ECE and interested parties
•In 1992 the Aperfield Montessori Trust was incorporated under the
Charitable Trusts Act. Binda gathered people around her whom she knew
would be able to deliver the goods e.g. a Montessorian’s son as accountant,
many Montessori friends as tutors, trustees and co-authors.
•In Feb 1993 NZQA granted accreditation to the Trust
and approval for the Montessori course to be offered by
distance learning.
•By 2001 Aperfield had gained the respect of the Christchurch College of
Education who recognised a combination of 2 of the AST (Advanced
Studies for Teachers) Montessori papers as a pathway to upgrade a
teaching qualification to the degree: Bch TchLing ECE provided the
teacher already held a dip teaching. This opportunity was also extended to
the Aperfield distance students .
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•In 2004 it became obvious to our Trust that in order to remain relevant to
Montessori education in NZ that it would be necessary to seek government
funding and after much brain storming, Binda’s programme was transformed into
a diploma & placed on the new Kiwiquals website. It was made more consistent
with the NZ ECE sector by adding the ministerial module; a self paced learning
unit linking Montessori with ECE in NZ. With NZQA approval for the new
programme, now a diploma & TEC funding we were able to actively pursue and
achieve our goals.
•In 2007 the College of Education was merged with the University of Canterbury
whereby the AST Montessori courses had to fight for survival. The College agreed
to see the currently enrolled students through to completion of their diploma,
however would accept no further new enrolments.
•In 2009 The last AST group of students graduated and it was obvious to keep the
face to face course alive the Trust would need to step in and offer the course by
Directed distance learning –whereby the students cover the practical component
face to face as they study each curriculum area.
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•Since those small beginnings we have achieved 331
graduates, many of whom have gone on to be
proprietors, principals and head teachers in
today’s Montessori preschools.
•In 2012 we are expecting a further 15 graduands.
•Today we have more than 50 stakeholder
preschools from Auckland to Arrowtown whose
staff we train while working on the job; taking the
diploma part time while often holding a full time
position in a Montessori centre which is our
•Over the years we have seen a major shift in our
learners –from parents to students with no other
ECE qualification - now in 2012, in our year one
intake 87% of students hold an ECE diploma or
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Strategic Aims & Current Activities:
What does Aperfield offer?
We are offering a programme (Level 5) which:
•Balances meeting the requirements of ECE in
NZ with the Montessori Method as designed
by Binda Goldsbrough who, as she was
weaving the Montessori Method with the
principles and strands became aware that the
pedagogy fitted well with the NZ curriculum
statement .
•Binda’s goal in promoting the Montessori
Method was to make sure people understood
the clear differences in the qualities and
attributes expected of a Montessori teacher
e.g. Love / respect for children, belief in the
child, humility, a positive approach, mature
attitude, consistency, ability to observe, and
not cut across or interrupt children’s work -a
teacher who practices self reflection.
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Areas of Influence:
•To bring the philosophical content of the Maria
Montessori Method into the context of the 21st century.
Recent research into the science of development and
learning validates the philosophical suggestions made
by Montessori e.g. her concepts of normalisation, the
absorbent mind and so on.
•Refer to the Social Competence article in the
Montessori Voices magazine Issue 63/September 2011
‘Montessori Successful in Promoting Emotional
Competency’ -a research project by Maria Ulloa from
Massey University. She notes that the approach of the
Montessori teachers provides the children with strong
“emotional coaching”. Anja Geelen, Aperfield graduate,
owner and head teacher of the preschool where the
research took place remarks that “the prepared outdoor
environment enables our children to be empowered, self
regulated and independent.”
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This ties in perfectly with•Aspirations for children from Te
The Curriculum is founded on
the following aspirations for
“To grow up as competent and
confident learners and
communicators, healthy in mind,
body, and spirit, secure in their
sense of belonging and in the
knowledge that they make a valued
contribution to society.”
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Priorities for Future Direction:
•These are largely governed by NZQA who is currently undertaking a targeted
review of all NZ qualifications levels 1 - 6 (or TROQ) which is driven by the govt’s
desire to reduce the number of programmes being offered from 6000 down to 2
or 3 in each sector.
•The trust has a culture of self review so that we can better meet the needs of our
stakeholders / teachers, proprietors to assist them in their daily practice now and
in the future – after consultation with our stakeholders, we are considering the
feasibility of adding “a supervised practice” to the Aperfield diploma.
Ponga fern symbolising growth and development.
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Reflection from an experienced and
qualified Montessori teacher and tutor:
Patricia Thompson, Te Awamutu.
“Montessori in New Zealand is firmly
embedded within the framework of Te
Whāriki and vice versa. I find the
Aperfield Montessori diploma is
respectful of and considerate towards
our dual heritage and an
acknowledgement of how early
childhood education is in NZ today. I
am proud to be a tutor for Aperfield
Montessori. The review of your
programme is well thought out and

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