New Centre Approved

New Centre Approved

Crossfields Institute is delighted to announce that Westwood Training and Consultancy has been approved by Crossfields Institute to deliver the NCFE CACHE Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy.

NCFE CACHE Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy

This qualification is open for registrations from 19 July 2021.

NCFE CACHE has worked collaboratively with the Crossfields Institute to develop these specialist level 3 and 4 Early Years qualifications.
In collaboration with NCFE CACHE, the Institute is responsible for the ongoing delivery, and centre quality assurance of this qualification. As specialist qualifications they have particular requirements which all centres must meet in order to gain qualification approval in terms of both staff expertise and resources.

Westwood Training and Consultancy (WTC) offers quality, affordable Montessori and Early Years training in a working Montessori environment. Situated within the grounds of an Ofsted outstanding Montessori nursery and pre-school, they offer hands on collaborative learning ensuring that far from being just an academic exercise, their training ‘lives’ for their learners and is delivered by practicing Montessorians.

Crossfields Institute is a Gloucestershire based education charity, approved by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations in England) as an awarding organisation. The Institute specialises in the development of specialist qualifications for providers with a particular vision or ethos.

Michelle Wisbey Mont Dip, BA Hons, MA, PGCE (Montessorian of the Year 2015), leads a team of experienced lecturers and trainers, all of whom have studied with Montessori Centre International in London. With several years of experience, they provide both face to face and blended learning with full tutor support with learning taking place in a supportive, comfortable and fully equipped environment.

Our Story

“As dedicated Montessorians and the team behind four Ofsted outstanding nurseries and pre-schools it became evident that regional training in Montessori Pedagogy was essential to maintain the quality of teaching in the more rural areas. Working closely with Montessori Centre International (MCI), we established ourselves as an accredited regional centre for the south-east and surrounding area and provided a much needed service for all our keen and committed Montessorians. We are now an independently accredited training centre and continue to deliver the Montessori qualification, alongside other qualifications and courses.”

Crossfields Institute congratulates Montessori Centre International (MCI) students graduating with the new Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (EYE)


Chief Executive of Crossfields Institute handing scroll to MCI graduate of the new qualification

MCI and Crossfields Institute congratulated the first students graduating with the new regulated Early Years Educator qualification in Montessori Pedagogy at the graduation event 11 December hosted at the Institute of Education (University of London). Speakers at the event included Barbara Isaacs (MCI Chief Education Officer), Penny Johns (Director of Studies) Imogen Stooke-Wheeler, (personal friend of Miss Child and Miss Homfray), Dr. Martin Bradley (Chair of the Montessori Schools Association), David Grailey (Chief Executive, NCFE CACHE) and Charlotte von Bülow (Chief Executive Crossfields Institute).

In her speech to graduates, Charlotte von Bülow said: “We have enjoyed working closely with MCI and NCFE CACHE in the process of developing this qualification. More than ever, we need to ensure that our children can benefit from holistic approaches like the one represented by the Montessori pedagogy. Seeing you graduate from this qualification today is a big step towards making innovative early years education more widely recognised and accessible.” Charlotte also thanked David Grailey from NCFE CACHE for the good collaboration and congratulated Penny Johns and Barbara Isaacs on the achievement.

MCI students from various programmes with their certificates

The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Maria Montessori left a legacy in her approach to learning, which combines a philosophy of freedom and self-development for children with a practical approach. She was an innovator of classroom practices and ideas, which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.

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