Headstart Mercy Montessori Teachers Training College Courses Offered

Headstart Mercy Montessori Teacher Training Centre Courses

Headstart Mercy Montessori is a Private Higher Education Institute providing full-time Montessori teacher training. Headstart Mercy Montessori is the only training institution in South Africa that offers a Level 6 qualification for ECD, early years (pre-school) educators. This enables students to apply for work in both traditional and Montessori environments as pre-school teachers.


3 Year Full-time Course

NQF Level 6 Diploma in Early Childhood Development: Montessori Teaching

The Level 6 Diploma in Early Childhood Development: Montessori Teaching is the Professional Qualification in Montessori Teaching. This is a three year full time course that covers Montessori methodology and practice from birth to 9 years. The course also includes Xhosa, music, drama and communication skills.

The full-time NQF Level 6 Course – only available in Cape Town – runs for 5 hours per day x 5 days per week and has a credit value of 360.

This Qualification is registered with SAQA, and accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Our organization is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training, to offer this qualification.

(Department of Higher Education and Training registration number: 2010/HE07/001;
Council on Higher Education registration number: H/PR164/E003CAN)

The Course Outline

0 to 6 Years

Montessori Theory:

Theoretical base for Montessori philosophy and approach to education

Montessori Methodology:

Teaching methodology encompassing all relevant Pre-Primary subject areas


The psychology of child development and its application in the classroom

Classroom Observation:

Guided weekly observation in Montessori environments

Classroom Subjects:

Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural subjects and Creative Arts.

Additional subjects – Art & Xhosa



Course Application Form NQF-6


We welcome applicants who show:


An aptitude for working sympathetically and respectfully with children


An aptitude for critical, reflective thinking and independent learning


Good oral and written
communication skills


Possession of a Matric Exemption Certificate, or NQF Level 5 ECD Diploma, or higher

1 Year Bridging Course:

Upgrading an EDTP-SETA to Level 5 to Level 6 Diploma

If you have completed tour EDTP-SETA Level 5 qualification, you are legible to upgrade to our NQF Level 6 Diploma.
This course is available for traditional teachers who would like the Montessori component.

This Course is available for traditional teachers who would like insight into the Montessori Foundation Phase classroom.

Course content:

• Montessori philosophy and methodology
• Academic Writing
• Language and literature
• Maths and geometry
• Teaching culture through integrated themes

Course duration: 1 year


15h00 – 18h00 Tuesdays and Thursdays during term times, plus workshops during school holidays.
A compulsory teaching practice is required for upgrade students.

The Academic Year

Our Academic Year starts in January and runs through to December. We follow the Western Cape Education Department Term calendar.

Recommended Reading list

The Absorbent Mind
– Maria Montessori

The Secret of Childhood
– Maria Montessori

The Discovery of the Child
– Maria Montessori

To Educate the Human Potential
– Maria Montessori

Montessori: A modern Approach
– Paula Polk Lillard

Montessori: The Science behind the Genius
– Angelina Stoll Lillard

Montessori, Her life and Works
– E.M.Standing