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Montessori teacher

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Montessori teachers encourage children's natural curiosity and help them to learn by doing things for themselves and with other children.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 term time

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become Montessori teacher

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role


You could do a foundation degree or degree in any subject and then train as a Montessori teacher.

You could also study a diploma, foundation degree or degree in Montessori early childhood practice. This would include theory and practical work-based placements.

Courses can be flexible and offer a mix of classroom-based and online study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You can train as a Montessori classroom assistant then move on to a teacher training course. You'll need to study for a Montessori qualification with a recognised training provider.

To get into this job you'll need a good general standard of education, with passes in English and maths.

Some employers may prefer you to have a level 3 qualification in early years.


You'll find it useful to get as much work experience with children as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the career, and you'll make contacts who could help when looking for work.

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Career tips

Many people start Montessori training after working in other careers, not related to working with children or in education.

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You may:

  • plan a programme of work and activities
  • prepare the learning areas and resources, and make sure they're safe
  • watch the children and make notes on their progress and any issues
  • make sure all children have equal chances to learn
  • support and involve parents
  • look after sick or injured children
  • help children with dressing and undressing when needed
  • feed children when required
  • attend staff meetings
  • keep records and write reports

Working environment

You could work at a school or in a nursery.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

If you're a teacher or early years practitioner in a state school, you could use Montessori methods to broaden your professional practice.

With experience, you could become a nursery manager, assistant headteacher or headteacher. You could also become an area manager for a group of schools or train other Montessori teachers.

You may be able to set up your own school, or take on a franchise either in the UK or overseas.

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Current opportunities

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