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Montessori teacher

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

32 to 34 term time

You could work: evenings; attending events or appointments

7%
Future employment

There will be 7% more Montessori teacher jobs in 2026.
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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.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
University

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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Work

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.

Volunteering and work experience

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.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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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.

Further information

You can find out more about Montessori careers from the Maria Montessori Institute and Montessori Society AMI UK.

You can explore different types of courses and ways to train through the Montessori Group.

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of Montessori teaching principles
  • 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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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