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Nienhuis Montessori

More than 85 years of experience

Nienhuis USA

In 1975, the Heutink Group openend distribution center in the United States to focus on Montessori customers in North and South America under the name of Nienhuis USA. Nienhuis Montessori has been officially endorsed by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for decades. It is world’s leading brand when it comes to Montessori materials. We work with specialists from within the field of education who share our ambition. In line with the Montessori vision, we develop materials which create a stimulating educational environment, in which the child always has a central position.


  • 1929

    The year it all began... Nienhuis Montessori is founded by A.J. Nienhuis in The Hague.

  • 1964

    Nienhuis relocates to Zelhem, a city in the Eastern part of the country. This is still its location today.

  • 1975

    Nienhuis Montessori USA opens in Mountain View, California.

  • 1995

    Nienhuis Asia opens. A factory and warehouse in Sri Lanka.

  • 1998

    Nienhuis USA expands its showroom. Customers come from all over the US to attend the opening celebration.

  • 2002

    Nienhuis USA moves to 140 E. Dana Street, a larger facility around the corner from its previous location. Once again, the office and warehouse are together.

  • 2007

    Nienhuis is bought by the Heutink Group, a well established, highly regarded educational company based in Rijssen, Holland.

  • 2008

    Montessori Museum opens in US. After touring cities throughout the US and Canada, the exhibit resides in its permanent home at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in St. Paul.

  • 2009

    The Zelhem location opens its substantial Export Center. Nienhuis, Toys for Life, Heutink and Educo products are all shipped from this location – 4 Brands, 1 Shipment begins.

  • 2011

    Nienhuis USA moves to its current home at 150 S Whisman Road - a fully renovated, state-of-the-art, highly efficient office and warehouse facility created to better serve its growing market.

AMI and Nienhuis

Over the years, AMI and Nienhuis, which almost share their “date of birth”, have grown together and both have become household names in the Montessori world.
Montessori education has a firm foundation in many countries in the world, with new countries and communities expressing interest and finding their way to AMI and Nienhuis. This global appeal means that Montessori schools, educators and manufacturers have evolved into a large worldwide network.
Today, Nienhuis and AMI are working closely together to forge an innovative strategic partnership in order to create new opportunities for children from all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds to experience the Montessori educational approach.

AMI’s three strategic pillars:

  • Legacy

    The Study of Childhood — articulating Montessori philosophy and practice clearly in order to meet the needs of children and influence educational paradigms in a rapidly changing world through the support and dissemination of research on the development of children and young people.

  • Capacity

    Montessori Education for All Children – serving more children around the world by increasing access to AMI training, supporting professional development of Montessori teachers and providing comprehensive support systems for Montessori schools across all sectors.

  • Outreach

    Montessori Education for Social Change - promoting ‘out of the box’ sustainable initiatives to reach communities in vulnerable and atrisk situations, and additionally to promote the rights of children and young people throughout the world.