Montessori Australia Foundation
ISMS is a subscribing member of the Montessori Australia Foundation (MAF), the national body supporting the diverse Montessori movement in Australia.
MAF is a non-for-profit organisation that provides information and services to schools and centres, teachers, other professionals and parents within the Montessori sector.
“Montessori” is not trademarked so it is possible for any school or centre to include the word “Montessori” in their name. Whilst most “Montessori” schools or centres aim to offer a quality Montessori programme the authenticity should be endorsed by the MAF Montessori Quality Assurance Council (MQAC). ISMS has been assessed as Montessori Registered TM. Refer to “Know Quality” at MAF for further explanation.
MAF provides ‘whole of life’ support from birth to aged care. It provides training and professional development, including regular publications and online resources. MAF provides quality assurance and liaisons between government and industry. MAF is recognised by UNESCO and the United Nations. MAF participates in several international projects, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, centred around children as the transforming elements of society.
MAF’s collaboration with government has culminated in the recognition of the Montessori National Curriculum and the Montessori Early Years Program. These programs mapped to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) and National Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculums underpin the delivery of a Montessori education at ISMS.