The Ayla Method
We teach each child according to his or her strengths through the Ayla Method

Through Music, Art and Nature

We believe that from birth to three years of age, children have absorbent minds
This is when conscious learning has not yet emerged, and children will unconsciously soak up information from their surrounding environment; learning about it rapidly. At this stage, information and impressions made on the young minds are actually shaped and formed. Therefore, daily experiences are vitally important to a child’s development.
We believe that from three to six, the child will have a conscious mind
This is the stage when a child’s mind is still absorbing, but now consciousness begins to appear. Children will eventually know what they want, and start to become more curious, creative and imaginative. They will be thirsty for knowledge, start to ask open-ended questions and do open-ended activities.


Learning to discover self-expression through words, music and movement

Learning to discover self-expression through words, music and movement

Children who play or sing music regularly perform better in reading and math when they begin elementary school. Since playing, singing and dancing to music increases both fine and gross motor skills and helps develop hand-eye coordination, these children are better able to control their bodies. Those actively involved in music also tend to have high self-esteem and are better at playing with others.


Learning to discover self-expression through words, music and movement

Learning through creative themes and projects that inspire a child’s curiosity

Art for young children is all about experimenting and exploring. The finished product may not look like art, but rest assured the creativity and discovery process is a valuable learning experience. Art and craft activities are an integral part of children’s developmental play. Not only does doing art projects help with a child’s fine motor development, but it also helps them gain self-confidence in what they can accomplish.


Learning to discover self-expression through words, music and movement

Learning to plant and grow the seeds of wisdom

At Ayla, students learn about environmental stewardship; and environmental education starts with hands-on experiments in science and nature. In turn, we believe this fosters personal growth and enhances social skills. Children at home have very little opportunity to explore the wonders of plants, bushes, trees and flowers. Children must be allowed time in their early years to interact with nature and living elements before they can understand it well enough to want to preserve it. With our science and nature activities,  we provide opportunities for children to work together cooperatively as a team to solve problems; and additionally will teach them about nutrition and health. This also allows them the opportunity to make food choices based on new experiences.

Skills We Encourage

Five natural senses


Child Development Skills


Learning Styles

Ayla gives full attention and Individual Approach to each child to help them identify their learning styles
Visual Learner
Auditory Learner
Physical Learner

Building on the Creativity of Children

Ayla International School (AIS) was built under the vision of its founder, Puteri Zailan to foster a nurturing and stimulating environment for children of all nationalities.

Through her more than 30 years of experience as an early childhood educator, she felt that most of the curriculum for young children was too structured and not well guided and facilitated. The goal of Ayla’s approach is to educate the whole child in spirit, heart and mind.
Ms. Zailan believes that children are the voice of the future and should be given the opportunity to observe, investigate and experiment with things that interest them.

The programs are exclusively designed for parents who want their children to be independent, self-confident and flexible learners.
Ayla provides a friendly and homely environment that supports children to relax and focus on their current activities.
At Ayla, we want children to come to school to think and become curious, creative and diligent young learners. Children will start the day with a classroom discussion.

Each classroom is decorated with the children’s art masterpieces. Children are encouraged to use natural materials such as pine cones, seashells, twigs and more for their spontaneous creation during art or playtime. These materials are freely available to encourage exploration, expression and learning.

Our key method is to give the opportunity for each child to be expressive and excited about learning. We believe that if you turn them onto learning now, it will follow them for the rest of their lives.

About Ayla

Ayla International School (AIS) is a highly acclaimed international preschool and kindergarten school based in Tokyo, eastern Japan.

Our program is designed to give children an environment for growth unmatched by traditional preschools.

At Ayla, children learn to observe, investigate and experiment with things that interest them. The programs are exclusively designed for parents who want their children to be independent, self-confident and flexible learners.

An extraordinary teacher/child ratio ensures the kind of personal attention that encourages achievement and growth.

We believed that it is important to foster the development of caring individuals who take an active interest in the world around them.Ayla encourages all children to attend regardless of physical or academic ability, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

Facts About Ayla

Language: Japanese and English
Maximum occupancy: 31
Student-to-teacher ratio: 5:1
Average class size: 5~7 per class

Founder's Profile

Ayla International School was founded in 2003 by Puteri Zailan. She was awarded the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship to study Early Childhood Education in Tokyo, Japan in 1989.

She later became the first foreigner to be granted the Japanese Early Childhood Certificate and license. Before starting AIS, she taught in several Japanese kindergartens and international schools.

As a child, Ms. Zailan traveled and lived in different countries because of her father’s work. Through her childhood experiences, she felt that it was a great opportunity to become multilingual.

She started the school with an idea to help children value their identities and cultural backgrounds, while being open to learning about diversity. Ms. Zailan designed the Ayla Method through her research with children. Most of her approach and inspiration stems from the likes of Jean Piaget, Rudolph Steiner, Loris Malaguzzi, and Erik Erikson.

Ms. Zailan is multilingual herself. She speaks native-level English, Malay and Japanese. She is also able to speak a little Indonesian, German and Arabic because of her college studies.


Morning Program

Our Morning Classes include our Nursery, Preschool and Kindergarten Classes.
Ages: 1 -  6 years old
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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After School Program

At Ayla we have a wide variety of classes in our After School Program.
Ages: 3 - 9 years old
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Camp Ayla

Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter Camps are held every year for children to explore creativity, independence, and enthusiasm.
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