Monday 27 September 2021

to Sunday 10 October 2021

- with lifetime access to the lessons and recordings -

take as long as you need or if want to review it again


A 2-week intensive online workshop that will help you set up a Montessori playgroup step-by-step.

We cover all the questions I get asked like:

  • how to get started
  • what materials you'll need
  • tips to find a great location
  • how to spread the word
  • examples of materials to use with parents
  • an example of a budget to guide you
  • and the work you need to do on yourself to be able to help parents

I can't wait to see Montessori playgroups starting all around the world and helping families introduce Montessori principles in their home in this way.

Of course you can work all this out yourself.

But if you want to learn from someone with over 13 years experience running their own playgroup for infants and toddlers (Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam) and working in Montessori for over 15 years, you can skip the mistakes and get started now.

All step-by-step.

Perfect for trained Montessori teachers but also for parents wanting to self-organise and set up their own playgroups in their homes.

I'm going to share all my secrets to running a Montessori playgroup with you.

You will receive:

  • comprehensive lessons covering everything you need to know to get started - you can watch a video or read the lesson, whichever format you prefer, or both!
  • 4 x 1-hour Q&A live calls with Simone
  • Wednesday 29 September, 2pm ET/8pm Amsterdam
  • Saturday 2 October, 6am ET/12 noon Amsterdam time/8pm AEST
  • Wednesday 6 October, 2pm ET/8pm Amsterdam
  • Sunday 10 October, 9am ET/3pm Amsterdam/11pm AEST
  • PDF checklists to download
  • interviews with my favourite Montessori playgroups around the world
  • a private Google group after the course to connect with others
  • and many more bonuses

I hope you can join me and help to create high-quality Montessori playgroups around the world.

And keep spreading peace and positivity one family at a time.


"Unbelievable amount of information and invaluable resources! It's obvious that a LOT of work went into this well-organised course! Thank you for sharing and reminding us what Montessori is really all about ?." - Patty, Canada

"THANK YOU SO MUCH. It was worth every penny...This bootcamp was all I needed and more! I’m so excited." - Carmen, Nicaragua

"A million thanks Simone for an incredibly interesting, enriching and very inspiring two week bootcamp! I am so excited about all the fabulous information, very practical tips and tricks and invaluable experience you and the others shared and which made me think about my own dreams further and puts everything in quite a realistic light!" - Karen, Austria (living in Indonesia)

"Wow! This course has been so comprehensive and enjoyable, too! So inspiring and beautifully put together. I love it and am sad to see it end." - Jacqueline, US

Lessons include:

  • Why a Montessori playgroup
  • Looking for a location
  • Materials you'll need + setting up your classroom
  • Planning your groups
  • Finances - including an example budget
  • Tips for working with children
  • Tips for working with parents including ideas for successful parent education
  • Preparing yourself as the guide
  • Getting the word out about your playgroup including social media
  • BONUS: 4 x 1-hour live Q&A calls
  • BONUS: Interviews with my favourite Montessori playgroups around the globe
  • BONUS: List of resources to get you started from where to find materials, useful software to run the group, and people who can help you further
  • BONUS: Examples of handouts I use with parents in my classes
  • And more...

About Simone

The course will be run by Simone Davies, owner of Jacaranda Tree Montessori, a Montessori playgroup in Amsterdam established in 2008. Simone is an AMI-trained teacher with 15+ years experience working in Montessori and has two children (now 20 and 19 years old) who attended Montessori school.

Simone runs classes every day with 12 families in each class, serving 60-100 families a week for the last 13+ years.

Simone studied Business at university gaining a double major in Accounting and Management. So she is delighted to share the intersection of her passions with you to get you started running your own Montessori playgroups.

Simone is also the author of The Montessori Toddler, the co-author of The Montessori Baby, and the popular blog and Instagram The Montessori Notebook.

"I love working with parents and their children so that the whole family can benefit from Montessori 24/7. Attending a Montessori playgroup with my children changed how I parent my children. And I want to help even more families have this opportunity.

Running a Montessori playgroup has been the most rewarding job even though it never feels like work. I get to play every day, connect with young children, and support their families.

And it can easily be structured around having your own family. I still take 12 weeks of holidays to be with my own children and set up my classes so I could do school pick-ups."

- Simone Davies

Register now


Regular pricing (from 27 September)

US$399 + VAT for EU residents

You will have access to the bootcamp for unlimited time so you can take as long as you need and come back to review anytime you like.

2 payments of $225/month

Regular pricing - 2 instalments

US$450 + VAT for EU residents

You will have access to the bootcamp for unlimited time so you can take as long as you need and come back to review anytime you like.

The payment is split between two months so you pay $225 twice - $450 in total.

Frequently asked questions

1. Do you need to be Montessori-trained to follow this course?

No. You don't need to be Montessori-trained to follow this course. I do believe that in order to run a high-quality Montessori playgroup, it is best led by a Montessori-trained teacher. So I would highly recommend following a Montessori training as well. This is not a replacement for a Montessori training.

However, if you are a parent wanting to run a parent-run group, this is the perfect place to start. I'll warn you, you'll likely be inspired to follow a Montessori training as well.

2. I'm not available for the full two weeks. Can I still join?

Yes, you will have lifetime access to all the lessons, bonuses and live call recordings. So if you miss any, you can work through the lessons at your own pace and come back to review the materials any time in the future as your playgroup grows.

3. Would this be suitable for a home-based program? Or for a playgroup for 3-6 year olds?

Yes, most of the same principles would apply for setting up a playgroup in your home, using homes from a group of parents, or for programs where you use a temporary location or for a different age group. 

4. Will I receive a certificate of completion?

Yes, you will receive a PDF certificate of completion that you have followed this online training and a badge that you can include on your website.

5. How much time will I need to complete the course?

You will receive a lesson with a short video every day. There are four live Q&A calls (around 1 hour each). And there will be interviews sent during the course (about 20 minutes each). By the time we complete the course, you will have a full kit of information for creating your own Montessori playgroup.

6. Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, there is an option to pay in 2 instalments. The instalment option is more expensive, however, there is an early bird rate as follows:

Up to 26 September 2 x $199,50 = $399 (plus taxes)

From 27 September 2 x $225 = $450 (plus taxes)

7. What is a Montessori playgroup? What ages is it for?

A Montessori playgroup is a class for parents to attend with their child in a Montessori classroom, usually once a week for 2 hours. I run classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers (up to 4 years old) and the ideas could be adapted to any age group, including pre-natal classes.

8. Is this course suitable for anywhere in the world?

Yes, the information can be applied to setting up a Montessori playgroup anywhere in the world. Although I don't know local regulations around the world which you'll need to check.

9. Will you be running the course again?

I don't have plans to run the course live again for now. A self-study version with recordings from this session will be made available. But I recommend signing up now if you'd like to take part as you'll have lifetime access and can come back to review the materials when you are ready to get started with your own group.

10. What is the timing of the course?

You will receive a lesson a day for the 2 weeks which you can watch/read at your own pace. 

The live calls are at different times to allow people in different time zones to attend at least one live. The live calls will be recorded and there is an opportunity to submit your questions ahead of time if you can’t attend live. The live call times are:

* Wednesday 29 September, 2pm ET/8pm Amsterdam

* Saturday 2 October, 6am ET/12 noon Amsterdam time/8pm AEST

* Wednesday 6 October, 2pm ET/8pm Amsterdam

* Sunday 10 October, 9am ET/3pm Amsterdam/11pm AEST

More happy testimonials

"Your courses are always very informative and this one was loaded with immensely practical and useful advice. It must have taken you a lot of time to put it together in such a clear and sensible format. I particularly value your tips on how to work with parents and on the business side of the playgroup. I really feel empowered to improve and expand in what I already do." Ania, Australia

"Thank you ??so much dear Simone for this amazing bootcamp! For all the precious information that you have put together with so much love and passion. For your time and dedication. Thank you. It was amazing!" Elena, Italy (living in Germany)

"I'm blown away with the amount and caliber of information provided for all your lessons. Thank you so much, Simone, for putting this treasure trove of resources together. They are an incredible tool and support in spreading Montessori in our communities. I am humbled and inspired." - Michaela, US