Aid to Life
Supporting the natural development of children
The principles and practices of the Aid to Life Initiative are based on the Montessori approach to education for life and are found in Montessori schools around the world. The initiative aims to make these principles and practices available to all families and is supported by the following Montessori Organisations:
AMI was founded in 1929 by Dr Maria Montessori and is recognised as the international authority on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy providing a leading voice regarding the unique nature of childhood, natural human development and the rights of the child.
NAMTA is a membership organisation open to parents, teachers, and anyone else interested in Montessori education. NAMTA provides a medium of study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education through its publications, audio-visual collection, electronic communications, conferences, and research and service projects throughout North America and the world. NAMTA endeavours to provide real services in response to the needs of teachers, schools, and parents.
The Maria Montessori Institute (MMI) is the AMI training organisation in the United Kingdom. It has evolved directly from courses given in London by Dr Maria Montessori between 1919 and 1951. It offers a wide range of courses and programmes to support teachers and schools. Its work is based on the firm belief that every child is born with creative potential, the drive to learn and the right to be treated as an individual.
The Montessori Australia Foundation offers an extensive range of services to support Montessori in Australia. These include services for Montessori schools, Montessori professionals and parents. Schools can access services through an annual service fee. Individuals can access many of the services through an individual subscription.
The Montessori Children's Foundation is an Australian charity established to Champion the Cause of all Children and to raise funds and allocate them to projects that are designed to alleviate hardship faced by children and provide opportunities for children to develop to their full potential.