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The Infinity Way

The Birth of Infinity Children’s World

In 2006, the founders of Infinity Children’s World (ICW) wondered why there was little existing help for parents. This realization prompted the establishment of ICW followed by the Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association (HKMRDA) and Infinity Montessori Academy (IMA), organizations that prioritize parent education and helps parents become their children’s best educator. We also offer international teacher education programmes, Montessori school programmes for children, research and development of pedagogy and Montessori materials. We hope that our holistic approach - one that attends to children, adults and the environment - will create a better future for humanity as a whole of, thereby taking human civilization to the next level! 

Our two International Teacher Education Programmes are the first and only American Montessori Society (AMS)-Affiliated and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-Accredited Programmes in Hong Kong. 

Founder & Principal



Yau Chun Ming Ralph

Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association
Director, Instructor and Field Consultant of Infinity Montessori Academy of HK, an American Montessori Society (AMS) Teacher Credential Programme
School Supervisor and Principal of Infinity Montessori Academy
Founder of Infinity Children's World
Co-Founding Member of Montessori Asia (2009)
Montessori Asia Representative of Montessori Asia Conference Hong Kong 2017
Former HK Site Director of Montessori Teacher Education Center/SFBA, an AMS Teacher Credential Programme
AMS Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Teacher Credential
Pro-bono Montessori Education Advisor of Po Leung Kuk Affiliated Kindergartens
Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) Foundation Course Certificate of Completion
Postive Discipline Parent Educator Certificate
Teaching since 1990 (15 years in Montessori Education & 2 years in primary/secondary schools)
Former TVB Reporter and Anchor
Former RTHK TV Programme Anchor
Columnist of am730, Master Insight, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ohpama and ThinkHK

Vice-Principal and Supervisors

Wong Siu Wing Horance

Vice-Principal of ICW
Chief Executive, Instructor and Field Consultant of Infinity Montessori Academy of HK, an AMS Teacher Credential Programme
AMS Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion

Chan Hoi Man

ICW Infant & Toddler Education Supervisor
Instructor and Field Consultant of Infinity Montessori Academy of HK, an AMS Teacher Credential Programme
AMS Infant & Toddler Associate Teacher Credential
AMS Early Childhood Associate Teacher Credential
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion
Experienced Kindergarten Teacher

So Wai Ching Teresa

IMA Early Childhood Education Supervisor
AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Experienced Kindergartien Teacher

Hong Yee Lok Helen

ICW Education Center Supervisor
AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential (Ages 3-6)
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Experienced Canada and HK Montessori School Directress
Experienced Kindergarten Teacher

AMS Affiliated Teacher Education Program Instructors

 

Program Director: Yau Chun Ming Ralph

Experienced Montessori Instructors: Helen DeVere, Karen Simon, Jana Morgan Herman, Cindy Weiher, Sister Maria Yu, Chang Ting-Chih, Lin Mei Yun

Guest Instructors: Dr Lam Wai Fan Fanny, Wong Tin Tok Vincent, Mok Tik Fai Samuel

HKMRDA Affiliated Teacher Education Program Instructors

Program Director:Yau Chun Ming Ralph

Program Instructors:Wong Siu Wing Horance, Chan Hoi Man, So Wai Ching Teresa, Hung Yee Lok Helen, Kathy Huang, Hung Yi Ling, Patricia Tsang, Wong Siu King,Yue Tian, Chan Po Shan, Zheng Zhiying, Jeannie Leung, Wong Tin Tok Vincent, Mok Tik Fai Samuel

Infant and Toddler Directress (Teacher)

Chan Hoi Man

ICW Infant & Toddler Education Supervisor
AMS Infant & Toddler Associate Teacher Credential
AMS Early Childhood Associate Teacher Credential
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion
Experienced Kindergarten Teacher

Hung Yi Ling

AMS Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Associate Teacher Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion
Putonghua Teacher

Chan Po Shan

AMS Early Childhood Teacher Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion

Wong Siu King

AMS Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Teacher Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion

Aiysha Siddiqa Bibi

B.Sc., HKU
Qualified Kindergarten Teacher
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
AMS Credential Course Adult Learner (Early Childhood)
English Teacher

Infinity Montessori Academy Early Childhood Directress/ Director (Teacher)

Ralph Yau

School Supervisor and Principal of Infinity Montessori Academy
AMS Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Teacher Credential
Teaching since 1990 (15 years in Montessori education & 2 years in primary/secondary schools)

So Wai Ching Teresa

IMA Early Childhood Education Supervisor
AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate

Patricia Tsang

AMS Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
English Teacher
My Story

Kathy Huang

AMS Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Putonghua Teacher

Yue Tian

AMS Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Putonghua Teacher

Jeannie Leung

AMS Infant & Toddler Teacher Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
RIE Foundation Course Certificate of Completion
AMS Credential Course Adult Learner (Early Childhood)
English Teacher

Aiysha Siddiqa Bibi

B.Sc., HKU
Qualified Kindergarten Teacher
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate Course Practicum Teacher
English Teacher

ICW Centre Directress/ Director (Teacher)

Hong Yee Lok Helen

AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential (Ages 3-6)
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Experienced Canada and HK Montessori School Directress
Prince Edward Centre

Zheng Zhiying

AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential
HKMRDA Infant and Toddler Certificate
HKMRDA Early Childhood Certificate
Putonghua Teacher

The Birth of Infinity Children’s World

In 2006, founders of Infinity Children’s World (ICW) wondered why there were nearly no help for parents, this realization prompted the establishment of ICW and then the Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association (HKMRDA) and Infinity Montessori Academy (IMA), organizations that prioritizes parent education and helps parents become their children’s best educator. We also offer international teacher education programme, Montessori school programmes for children, research and development of pedagogy and Montessori materials.  We hope that our holistic approach—one that attends to children, adults and the environment— will create a better future for humanity as a whole of, thereby taking human civilization to the next level!

Education for Life, Hope for the Future

In order to transform what we see into abstract concepts, there must be an interaction between the concrete object and our minds. As Dr. Montessori stated, "The education of even a very small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school but for Life." If we believe that children should not be made to comply with the rigid standards and curriculum that adults set, then we need to know more about how humans learn first so that we can offer a better alternative. Through insights gained from scientific observation, we can modify our approaches according to children’s developmental needs at various stages. What we need to do as educators is respect life and support healthy psychological development. If adults force children to memorize things without providing appropriate concrete experiences, the natural curiosity of children will be crushed.

The kind of education we embrace does not treat children as empty vessels in which we pour knowledge and information into. Rather, we see our role as if a guide and nurturer; our duty is to support children’s natural learning abilities and assist them in to become the best that they can be.

“Peace Education” is fundamental to the Montessori approach, which is highly valuable to the city we live in. Hong Kong is a society of fierce competition and this extends to the field of education. There is a lack of compassion, acceptance, and cooperation among people. It is unfortunate that children learn to compete against each other at a young age; when it is all about winning your opponents and getting higher marks than your peers, it is no wonder that children become aggressive and self-centered. Without the promotion of peaceful education at home and in school, children do not get to learn how to share and cooperate, and this dire situation will be hard to change.

Many people see the field of Early Childhood Education as a lucrative business but this is absolutely not what education should be. Education is neither a commodity nor a business, and its purpose is not to serve adults. It is all about respecting life.

Sustain Children’s Natural Learning Desire

When young children use their hands, their brains are functioning. This is because concrete logical movement is the foundation for the abstract thinking mind; as Dr. Montessori said, “Mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it.” This is why learning at this early age should not be dominated by text but rather it should focus more on hands-on activities. Children learn through movement, and only things that children can see, touch, and hear can arouse children’s learning interest. When children’s five senses are fully engaged, these experiences become internalized, and learning occurs in a fun and natural way. When learning is interactive, the positive experience inspires an internal motivation to make discoveries, and children develop a strong sense of wonder towards their environment. Through manipulating different materials that are appropriate to their internal needs, children’s motivation and interest can be sustained, and they will develop a sense of determination that will subsequently release their full potential. When learning is not focused on letter grades, children can learn through exploration in a joyful and pressure-free environment. However if children have to cope with stress and are not allowed to explore the classroom, how can children become active learners? We should be reminded that human beings are the most proactive learning creatures on earth!

Prepared Adult, Prepared Environment

According to Montessori, children aged 0 to 6 years have a strong “absorbent mind”; this refers to their incredible capacity to take in all sorts of verbal and non-verbal information from the surrounding. Before the age of 3, children’s learning is mostly unconscious, and they absorb whatever information they receive from the environment. From 3 to 6 years old, they begin to learn consciously (brought on by the mastery of language), and their personal character becomes more or less stabilized when they reach 6 years old. Therefore, the first few years are critical in one’s life; the environment that children are immersed in will shape their development. In order to ensure that children gaining rich experiences from a diverse environment that builds up their character, parents must understand their child’s developmental needs; they are the ones who share an ever-present bond with their child, 24-hours day, since the day the child is born. This is why we believe that parent education should start during pregnancy and not just after birth. Our Montessori Parent Education Programme serves parents who have children under 5 years of age; our Infinity Infant class welcomes 1 to 2­ year-8-month-old toddlers and their parents; our Infinity Children program is open to children 2.8 to 6 years of age.

One of the aims of the Montessori approach is to create an environment that promotes self-directed learning and concentration in children. This environment does not impart knowledge; rather through the dynamic interaction between children, adults, and educational materials, we focus on nurturing children’s learning abilities. As developmental psychologist Jean Piaget (former president of Association Montessori Internationale) pointed out, mental development is a continuous process that lasts from birth till adulthood. Therefore, what we emphasize is the process itself and not the product, and this process is what we find the most fascinating. As Montessori educators, we strive to provide prepared environments that incorporate the outside world into the learning areas, so that children’s minds may be inspired.

2021

Yearbook

  • The founder, Ralph Yau’s new book "The Infinity Children’s method" was published. Half of the income of the first edition was donated to the Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association to organize subsidized Montessori kindergartens and research and development
  • The founder was invited to give a speech at the American Montessori Society (AMS) China Conference
  • The 7th AMS Teacher Credential Course was held
  • Hosted Hong Kong’s first Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) Foundation Course. Since 2008, we have organized Hong Kong’s first Montessori and RIE child-parent class. Our  teachers completed the course to deepen their understanding of children
  • The school provided a practicum site for international Montessori teacher education program
  • The Infinity Children’s World online bookstore was launched to promote Montessori education.
  • Around 350 eight-hour parent classes have been held 
  • Held “Introduction to Montessori Education” public welfare lectures 
  • Trained teachers for kindergartens in Hong Kong
  • The founder was invited to accept media interview
  • Ralph Yau wrote columns for am730, Master-Insight.com, Think Hong Kong, and ohpama

2020

  • Our Teacher Education Programmes have been affiliated with American Montessori Society (AMS) and accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
  • 6th cohort of AMS-Affiliated Teacher Credential Course was organised
  • 4th cohort of Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association affiliated Early Childhood Course was organised for Po Leung Kuk Kindergarten
  • The school provided a practicum site for Montessori international teacher education programmes
  • Over 300 sessions of eight-hour parent classes have been held in Hong Kong and China
  • Free public seminars "Introduction to Montessori Education" were held
  • Professional Development Training for the YWCA Faith Hope Nursery School
  • Organized parent education courses for the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service
  • To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Montessori’s birth, a review of Montessori’s life and the development of Montessori education in Hong Kong was created
  • Ralph Yau was invited to give a speech at the AMS China Conference 2020
  • Ralph Yau was invited to give a seminar on the Russian Montessori Network, sharing how to practice Montessori at home during the epidemic
  • Ralph Yau was interviewed by Hong Kong Economic Times 
  • Ralph Yau and teachers were interviewed by ohpama
  • Ralph Yau was interviewed by Smart Parents
  • Ralph Yau wrote columns for am730, Master-Insight.com, Think Hong Kong and ohpama

2019

  • 國際0-3歲嬰幼兒教師課程及3-6歲幼兒教師課程獲得蒙特梭利教師教育認證委員會 MACTE 認證
  • 國際0-3歲嬰幼兒教師課程及3-6歲幼兒教師課程獲得美國蒙特梭利協會 AMS Applicant Affiliate 資格
  • 舉辦第5屆AMS認證教師證照課程
  • 香港兒童無限學校、香港蒙特梭利研究及發展學會,與大連紅梅幼兒園、大連美國國際學校,於大連財經學院舉行【科學幼教:中華文化的實踐研討會】,探討交流如何於幼兒階段傳承中華文化。創辦人為演講嘉賓,本校老師應邀演講及展示教具
  • 創辦人應【嶺南大學幼教研討會】邀請,演講 The Balance of Play and Work
  • 創辦人於【山西大學第二屆中國教育學史論壇】,演說「從70年代以來蒙特梭利對中國大陸幼兒教育學科發展的影響」
  • 創辦人於南京舉辦的【江西省學前教育學會2018學術年會】演講
  • 舉辦第4屆國際蒙特梭利3-6歲幼兒教師課程
  • 為保良局幼稚園舉行3-6歲幼兒教師教育課程(香港蒙特梭利研究及發展學會附屬課程—第四屆)
  • 為東華三院駐幼兒學校社工作在職培訓
  • 為明愛社區學院作學生蒙特梭利教育初探講座
  • 多家大陸蒙特梭利機構到本校參觀及接受蒙特梭利教育研修班
  • 本校為蒙特梭利國際教師課程提供實習場地
  • 於香港和大陸舉行多場八小時家長課,已舉行至三百多期
  • 舉辦【蒙特梭利教育初探】公益講座
  • 創辦人應「共學起動」邀請, 演講有關在家如何蒙特梭利
  • 協辦 Let the Child be the Guide 首映會,會後講座由創辦人主講
  • 舉辦多場【蒙特梭利教育初探】公益講座
  • 創辦人應邀接受壹傳媒訪問:「三歲揸刀使乜怕 」
  • 創辦人應邀接受Oh!爸媽傳媒訪問:「沒有港孩的學校」
  • 創辦人應邀接受《學前&親子》邀請接受訪問
  • 為協康會上海總會康苗幼稚園、澳門蒙學世家教育中心、蒙思蒙特梭利托兒所設置JELIC多元智能教室及培訓
  • 創辦人為am730日報、思考香港傳媒、灼見名家傳媒、Oh!爸媽傳媒撰寫專欄

2018

  

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  About Us

Infinity Children's World was founded in 2006. We emphasize high quality education programmes for children, parents and teachers. We also actively conduct research and development of pedagogy and materials. 
*The first and only American Montessori Society (AMS)-Affiliated and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-Accredited Teacher Credential Programme in Hong Kong.
*Infinity Montessori Academy School Registration No.: 582123A

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  Infinity Children's World
     Infinity Montessori Academy  

8 Somerset Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Tel : (852) 35896366
Mail : infinitycw@gmail.com
Business Hours :
Monday to Friday (except Public Holiday)
8:30am - 5:00pm