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Ayla Method

A Holistic Approach to Early Childhood Education

About our School

Ayla International School is a nurturing and stimulating environment for children of all nationalities, providing a friendly and homely place where children feel safe and supported.

Children are born with absorbent minds and are naturally curious. We encourage children to explore their interests and to express themselves creatively. It is essential to foster the development of caring individuals who take an active interest in the world around them.

We aim to help children develop a lifelong love of learning.

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Our Approach

Our unique approach to education, the Ayla Method, is based on the following principles:

Holistic development: Children learn best when all of their senses and intelligences are engaged. We provide a variety of activities and experiences that allow children to learn through play, exploration, and discovery.

Individuation: We believe every child is unique and learns in their own way. We tailor our approach to each child’s individual needs and learning style.

Creativity: Creativity is essential for a child’s development. We encourage children to express themselves creatively through art, music, dance, and drama.

Collaboration: We believe children learn best when working together. We provide opportunities for children to collaborate on projects and to learn from each other.

Community: We believe children learn best when they are part of a community. We create a warm and welcoming environment where children feel safe and supported.

Our Curriculum

We designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all children, regardless of their background or abilities. We offer a variety of subjects, including math, science, language arts, social studies, and the arts. We also provide a variety of enrichment activities, such as music, dance, and drama.


Music is a powerful tool for self-expression and learning. Regular interaction with music enhances a child’s reading and math skills, motor coordination, and self-esteem. At Ayla, we integrate music into our curriculum to ensure a well-rounded learning experience.


Art encourages children to explore and experiment, fostering creativity and self-confidence. We include art and craft activities that help children develop fine motor skills and take pride in their creations.


Nature is a wonderful teacher. We offer hands-on science and nature activities, teaching children about environmental stewardship and healthy nutrition. In addition, early interaction with nature fosters personal growth, social skills, and a sense of responsibility towards our planet.

Children and a teacher from Ayla International School engaged in imaginative play, while wearing crafted paper mask helmets, showcasing the school's focus on creativity and play-based learning.

Five Senses

Children are naturally curious, and their senses are powerful tools for learning. We encourage children to explore and learn about their world by using their senses to touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. A sensory-rich approach deepens their understanding, fosters creativity, and instills a lifelong love for learning.

Child Development Skills

We believe in holistic child development. We nurture social skills through cooperative play and team-building exercises, physical growth through active and engaging play, intellectual development through problem-solving tasks and cognitive skills, and emotional well-being through a supportive environment that builds resilience and self-confidence.

Learning Styles

Every child learns differently, so we offer a tailored approach to cater to individual learning styles. We tailor our approach to each child’s learning style, using visual aids for visual learners, encouraging discussion for auditory learners, and hands-on activities for physical learners. Our dedicated team ensures every child has the best possible environment to flourish.

Commitment to Equality

Ayla International School is committed to providing a high-quality education for all children, regardless of their physical or academic ability, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Diversity strengthens our school, and inclusivity is essential for a thriving school community. We are proud to be a school where all children can thrive.

Founder’s Profile

Ayla’s founder, Puteri Zailan, is an accomplished educator with over 30 years of experience. Awarded the prestigious Japanese Monbusho Scholarship in 1989, she embarked on a journey to study Early Childhood Education in Japan. Later, she became the first foreigner granted the Japanese Early Childhood Certificate and License.

Before establishing Ayla International School in 2003, Ms. Zailan enriched her teaching experience at Japanese kindergartens and international schools. She drew on her multicultural upbringing to create an inclusive and diverse learning environment. Speaking native-level English, Malay, and Japanese, and with proficiency in Indonesian, German, and Arabic, she appreciates the richness of global cultures firsthand.

Ms. Zailan established Ayla to help children value their identities and understand diversity. The Ayla Method, inspired by her research with children, owes much to the teachings of esteemed educators like Jean Piaget, Rudolph Steiner, Loris Malaguzzi, and Erik Erikson.

Passionate and driven, Ms. Zailan believes that fostering a child’s love for learning early on will spark a lifelong journey of discovery.

A photo of Ayla International School's founder, Puteri Zailan, interacting warmly with a student, reflecting her dedicated involvement and commitment to the school's mission.