Montessori Centre International partners with Little Dukes Training Academy to support  quality professional development and teacher training provision

Montessori Centre International (MCI) is partnering with Little Dukes Training Academy which will become a Host Centre, delivering a full suite of MCI’s courses and qualifications to support staff training and development within the Early Years sector.

Little Dukes Training Academy has received approval through the Standards & Training Accreditation Review (STAR) framework operated by MCI and will welcome students onto their training programmes from the Autumn.

The partnership aims to enhance access to high-quality training for educators and early-years practitioners, promoting excellence in care for children everywhere. Society is rapidly evolving and, to meet the challenges of the future, innovative and inclusive educational practices that support and train our next generation of educators are more important than ever.

STAR approved centres are part of a worldwide network committed to upholding the highest standards for education providers, openly taking part in robust quality assurance processes, and enhancing their professional practice continually. Approval by STAR enables the centre to be recognised as one of MCI’s global partners, positioned to bring professional education and Montessori-specialist training directly to the community.

Little Dukes Training Academy will offer a range of MCI programmes, including a brand-new Infant course, Integrating Montessori Specialism (Birth-Age 3) launching in September 2021.

Establishing Little Dukes Training Academy as Montessori Centre International’s first operational Host Centre will drive a vitally important step change in access to professional training and community focussed development; helping to raise the status of teaching at the infant and early years levels – crucial stages for children’s development.


Maccs Pescatore, CEO of Montessori Centre International, says:

“We are thrilled to be working with Little Dukes Training Academy as an approved STAR Host Centre, enabling us to increase our offering to professionals who want to upskill and enhance their knowledge of the Montessori pedagogy.

“We hope this becomes a long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership, that will support those wishing to enter the education sector and continue to enhance the quality of early years provision across the country.”


Preeti Patel, Head of Education at Montessori Centre International, says:

“This is a truly exciting partnership, allowing us to expand the reach of our qualifications and training. Our new course will help professionals deepen their knowledge and understanding of Infant education and we’re very much looking forward to continuing to collaborate with practitioners to shape more exciting and in-demand courses and qualifications over the coming months.”


Aimee Kimbell, Principal of Riverside Nurseries, part of Little Dukes, says:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Montessori Centre International on our shared quest to prepare the future generation of Montessori guides to deliver an outstanding Early Years education.

We want to give every child the strongest of foundations in their first seven years of life and the excellent training opportunities and qualifications at Little Dukes Training Academy will foster the skills our teachers need to deliver this gold standard in Montessori education.”