Facilitator Training

Thank you for your interest in attending ‘Raising Happy Kids Facilitator Training’ in Cairns, from 11 – 28 October.  We are still taking enrolments.  As you are one of the first ten applicants, we are also pleased to offer you a subsidised place which will entitle you to the discounted enrolment fee, of $150.

Payment is by direct deposit: 

Name: Please write your full name in the description when paying.

Account Name: Montessori Indigenous Children’s Trust 

BSB: 062 155 

Account Number: 10335108 

This fee will help cover some of the expenses for this course. I am sure you will agree that it is well worth the investment!

Following, are some important points to help prepare you for the course. 


Time: 9am – 3pm (please arrive at least 15 minutes early) 

Address: 17 Scott St, Cairns North. 

Dates 11th – 28th October 2021 (over 3 residencies)


Monday – Friday (11 – 15th October)

Monday – Wednesday (18th – 20th)

Thursday – Friday (27th -28th)


Bring: Lunch, snacks, and a full water bottle. 

NOTE: Tea and Coffee are provided. A light morning tea will also be provided. This venue is close to Cairns Central. 




 It is vital that you attend at least 80 percent of this course, in order to receive a certificate of achievement. Please let us know if you will have to miss any of this course so that we can discuss options for you. 







  • Our Course Facilitator, Julia Hilson is a Montessori Director of Training. She has taught and mentored Montessori Educators all over the world (often via zoom due to COVID), including some very remote communities in India and Africa. Julia has also been mentoring Montessori educators and families in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for over a decade. 

  • Julia will be assisted by Rebecca Altaffer, who is currently facilitating a Raising Happy Kids playgroup in Cairns. 

  • You will receive a workbook, exercise book, and following the course, you will receive a link to our ‘sequence of activities to complement your practice. 

  • During the Course (between residency 2 and 3), you will be asked to complete several tasks. While these are not difficult, they will require some time commitment. 

  • Montessori training asks us to participate in a modicum of self-reflection and preparation for working with small children. This course is no different. We invite you to prepare yourself for a shift in perception. This can be uncomfortable, but worthwhile and very rewarding! 

  • Finally, as this is our pilot course – the first of its kind – we will be asking you for feedback – during, and on completion of the course. We thank you in advance for this!