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Montessori Centre International’s Standards, Training & Accreditation Review (STAR) framework

Our Montessori-inspired Quality Assurance and Enhancement principles are embedded in our STAR framework.

The STAR framework is a developmental ladder structure, enabling settings to apply for recognition at the level best suited to their educational aims. Current, future goals and strategic intentions for the setting will be important considerations and applicants are encouraged to make contact with us in advance in order to fully discuss their involvement with our framework. Our STAR processes allow settings to illustrate their commitment to high-quality provision; excellence in their operating standards and reflect their experience and investment in quality assurance and enhancement activity.

Ladder Rung 1

Entry path A: Journey to Accreditation

e.g. independent early years setting

  • Initial application; Self-Audit with initial evidence to illustrate compliance with set Standards & Principles
  • Environment & Materials inventory
  • Setting development planning
  • Observational visit and reporting
  • Peer-panel scrutiny

Listing on our website.

Ladder Rung 2

Path B: Achieving Endorsement

e.g. experienced and well-respected Montessori nursery setting with capacity and staff to support trainee students

  • Initial application to receive placement hosting approval; Self-Review with initial evidence
  • Setting and resource development planning
  • Remote professional discussion
  • Peer-panel reporting

Listing on our website.

Ladder Rung 3

Path C: Host and Training Centre Establishment

e.g. established and expertly staffed Montessori nursery setting with staff-base in locality prepared to host CPD and internal training events

  • Initial application or invitation
  • Environment & Materials inventory (as applicable)
  • Business case submission
  • Peer-panel scrutiny

A successful Host-Centre will be listed on our website; hosted workshops and short courses can be also advertised and listed on our website.

 

Ladder Rung 4

Path D: Beacon Centre Approval

e.g. experienced training provider, expertly staffed with practitioners and academic staff in locality prepared to host a range of courses and qualifications; aligned with/ incorporating established and expertly staffed Montessori nursery setting,  able to operate as an example of best-practice in early years provision and support accreditation activity in local area.

  • Initial application or invitation
  • Environment & Materials inventory – development planning
  • Setting & resource development – planning
  • Business case submission
  • Peer-panel scrutiny with portfolio planning through collaborative programme design

How can our network of Accredited Early-Years Settings help you?

Parents investing in Montessori education are likely to carry out thorough research before choosing the best educational setting for their child. Choosing a STAR recognised setting provides reassurance that this will be an authentic, quality setting; independently validated by experts in the field of Montessori education. A STAR certification gives a parent the confidence that their child will not only have access to high quality educational support and resources but will also have the best chance of working towards their full potential. Parents can be reassured that annual monitoring and a regular reaccreditation cycle to retain STAR recognition with Montessori Centre International helps to ensure that high standards will be maintained. STAR demonstrates a setting’s commitment to offering its children the highest quality education, respect, attention and care. Accreditation is awarded to settings that trust and respect a child’s need to learn through freedom of choice. They offer a prepared learning environment that supports a child’s natural path of development and they acknowledge each child’s individuality within the context of their own family.

Are you interested in gaining accreditation?

Achieving STAR recognition provides external validation of educational quality and excellence in Montessori and Montessori-inspired education. The STAR certificate indicates that the setting has successfully engaged with a professional peer-reviewed accreditation process and can illustrate a commitment to transparency and openness for all prospective children; their families and potential new staff. The STAR process affords recognition to the accredited setting that can be used to provide regulatory inspection bodies, (such as Ofsted in the UK), with effective evidence of professional good standing.

Are you looking for quality Montessori settings?

There is a strong ethos amongst Montessori practitioners for quality education based on internationally accepted values – this principled approach is central to the STAR framework. The process of recognition focuses on high-quality evidence from the setting, reflective of clearly communicated standards of excellence and a drive for continual improvement within the setting. The peer-review approach of the STAR observation and evaluation processes ensures a shared commitment to raising standards and expectations across the sector, for the benefit of individual settings and the profession. Montessori Centre International’s STAR framework represents a level of support and commitment for its accredited settings and their staff that secures encouragement; effective training, and personal and professional development opportunities whilst working in stimulating and inspirational environments.

 

Our STAR framework provides a straightforward way of demonstrating to parents, the wider community, regulatory bodies and inspection services that a setting is committed to on-going quality provision, self-evaluation and quality improvement. STAR demonstrates a setting’s commitment to offering its children the highest possible standards of education, respect, attention and care. Accreditation is awarded to settings that trust and respect a child’s need to learn through freedom of choice. They offer a prepared learning environment that supports a child’s natural path of development and they acknowledge each child’s individuality within the context of their own family.

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