About us

The operating association of the International Montessori School – Barbara House is the „Trägerverein Internationale Montessori Einrichtungen Dortmund
e.V.“ (Trägerverein ime-do e.V.). The charitable organisation was founded by parents in 2006, and aims to build up international educational institutions in Dortmund that are based on the Montessori pedagogy, particularly in the early childhood and pre-school needs. With the opening of Barbara House in September 2007, the concept of an international, bilingual Montessori education for children from the age of one to the age of six years was realised.

The expression „Montessori relates to the principles and methods of the „Association Montessori International“(AMI). This organisation was founded by Maria Montessori. It sets standards to ensure high quality and a comparability of international AMI institutions. The board of Barbara House follows the AMI guidelines and the implementation of its concept and attaches great importance on the qualification and continuing education of their employees at approved training centres.

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You entrust your children – the most valuable treasure you have – to Barbara House during a very important period of their development. We would like to thank you for your confidence in us and wish all children, parents, the team and the board a valuable co-operation in the years to come.