Headstart Mercy Montessori Training Centre (PTY) Ltd.

We are a Private Higher Education Institute providing full-time Montessori teacher training. We are the only Montessori training institute in South Africa to train to NQL level 6.

Why choose Headstart Mercy Montessori?

What do you get from our training course?

  • A Diploma in Early Childhood Development Montessori Teaching – level 6
  • 360 credits (3 years full time)
  • Classroom exposure and experiences covering the Montessori 3-9 continuum.
  • Teaching skills for a post in pre-primary and primary Montessori Schools.
  • The opportunity to be successfully employed either locally or internationally.
  • Exposure to Xhosa, Art and Music with well qualified and experienced trainers.
  • Personal growth and development.
  • Presentations from specialist trainers in their fields, including special needs, movement and communication.
  • Classroom experience in local Montessori Schools during your training.
  • Close student/lecturer interaction, in a small environment.

If this is for you

Telephone 021 683 3458 (mornings) or email

NQF Level 6 Diploma Course

Our three year full time course provides our students with an NQF Level 6 Diploma qualification in Montessori Pre-Primary and Foundation Phase Montessori Teaching.

We offer a full, fun packed curriculum including Art, Music, Xhosa and Communication Skills. Headstart Mercy Montessori is the only teacher training facility to offer this opportunity.

Level 5 to 6 Upgrade Course

EDTP-SETA Level 5 to Level 6 Upgrade


This one-year course starting 31 January 2019 will enable you to upgrade your Level 5 Diploma to a Level 6.

Mainstream teachers can also obtain a Foundation Phase Montessori Certificate.

A Thought…

The greatest sign of success for a teacher…
is to be able to say,
“The children are now working as if I did not exist.”

– Maria Montessori