“At The children’s house, children are the number one priority and the atmosphere is specially created to make children feel at home in a surrounding scaled down to child’s dimensions.”
-Aunty Nan

“Making children feel at home”

It all began when Aunty Nan, the founder of The children’s house, was introduced to the Montessori Philosophy and education during a dire need for change in an unfulfilling career in the corporate world. Montessori not only changed the life of Aunty Nan, but made a positive difference in the early childhood education landscape in Malaysia.

Tucked away in a quiet, leafy part of Damansara Heights, the first The children’s house preschool in Malaysia opened its doors in 1986. Aunty Nan and her small team made up of a young enthusiastic trainee teacher, an administrator, the family cook and her 4-year-old son welcomed five children from Malaysia, France, Sweden, Denmark and England. Through the years, The children’s house grew alongside more than 20,000 local and expatriate children from all around the world.

As the first preschool in Malaysia to apply the complete and comprehensive Montessori Method of education, The children’s house is one of the undisputed leaders for early childhood education in the country. More than 30 years of proven record and success stories. The children’s house has gained the trust and recognition of many Malaysian and expatriate parents and is often regarded The Montessori preschool to nurture children into compassionate and well-balanced individuals who are confident, independent, socially adaptable, and above all, positive and lifelong learners.

In 2010, The children’s house proudly became the member of the Busy Bees Asia group of education companies, fully dedicated to outstanding care and quality education for children.

Today, in our iconic red and white schoolhouses in twelve locations in Klang Valley, the teaching continues in adherence to the approach created by Dr Maria Montessori.

Our Founder

The children’s house founder, Nan Civel, also fondly known as Aunty Nan, after having worked for ten years with Unilever Malaysia, decided to pursue her passion for Early Childhood Education in 1983. Inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori, she embarked on a 3-year course of study and work programme in the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in England, United Kingdom, subsequently receiving her Diploma in Montessori Education. This gave her the confidence and motivation to open the first Montessori preschool in Malaysia, introducing the complete Montessori method of education in 1986 at The children’s house.

With a deep respect and love for the unique, magical minds of children, Nan continues to be humbled and enthralled by scientific observations and focused research on ECE from around the world. Thus, subsequently established The Teacher’s House and developed a comprehensive in-house training to enable educators to successfully facilitate the optimal learning and development of the children under their care.

As the first preschool in Malaysia to apply the complete and comprehensive Montessori Method of education, Montessori not only changed the life of Aunty Nan, but also made a positive difference in the early childhood education landscape in Malaysia.

Our Co-Founder

Nur Jiwawati Aris , the co-founder of The children’s house, fondly known as Ji Aris has 30 long years of managing the organisation. She holds an American Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and was initially responsible for the Financial and Business Development of The children’s house.

Her interest in early childhood education began in 1988 and due to close collaboration with Nan Civel, she was also actively involved in operations and the enhancement of quality improvement of facilities and curriculum.

She improved and injected new ideas in the arts, drama and music elements and ignited the creativity of musical productions. She was instrumental in the expansion of The children’s house from three to twelve to date.

The close collaboration with international organisations in the same field has further enriched her experience. She actively attends conferences in the US, UK, Japan, India and Singapore, to keep abreast with new research and best practices. She believes in remaining current in the ever changing field of early childhood education.

Her quest in keeping the heritage curriculum of Montessori dynamic and relevant is unfading as she believes that the nurturing of the powerful minds of the children must begin now as they have potential to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Founder

The children’s house founder, Nan Civel, also fondly known as Aunty Nan, after having worked for ten years with Unilever Malaysia, decided to pursue her passion for Early Childhood Education in 1983. Inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori, she embarked on a 3-year course of study and work programme in the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in England, United Kingdom, subsequently receiving her Diploma in Montessori Education. This gave her the confidence and motivation to open the first Montessori preschool in Malaysia, introducing the complete Montessori method of education in 1986 at The children’s house.

With a deep respect and love for the unique, magical minds of children, Nan continues to be humbled and enthralled by scientific observations and focused research on ECE from around the world. Thus, subsequently established The Teacher’s House and developed a comprehensive in-house training to enable educators to successfully facilitate the optimal learning and development of the children under their care.

As the first preschool in Malaysia to apply the complete and comprehensive Montessori Method of education, Montessori not only changed the life of Aunty Nan, but also made a positive difference in the early childhood education landscape in Malaysia.

Our Co-Founder

Nur Jiwawati Aris , the co-founder of The children’s house, fondly known as Ji Aris has 30 long years of managing the organisation. She holds an American Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and was initially responsible for the Financial and Business Development of The children’s house.

Her interest in early childhood education began in 1988 and due to close collaboration with Nan Civel, she was also actively involved in operations and the enhancement of quality improvement of facilities and curriculum.

She improved and injected new ideas in the arts, drama and music elements and ignited the creativity of musical productions. She was instrumental in the expansion of The children’s house from three to twelve to date.

The close collaboration with international organisations in the same field has further enriched her experience. She actively attends conferences in the US, UK, Japan, India and Singapore, to keep abreast with new research and best practices. She believes in remaining current in the ever changing field of early childhood education.

Her quest in keeping the heritage curriculum of Montessori dynamic and relevant is unfading as she believes that the nurturing of the powerful minds of the children must begin now as they have potential to be the leaders of tomorrow.