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This study is the initial part of a doctoral dissertation research conducted with the aim at designing a Soul Development Model based on Ibn Sina Theory of Soul. The development of this model is done to build a strong infrastructure for an effective learning educational setting based on Islamic Philosophy of thought. This study utilizes Design and Developmental Research (DDR) approach to design the Early Childhood Soul-Development Model based on Ibu Sina’s Theory of Soul. DDR that is used in this study is a definite method in designing a new model of the children’s soul development. This method consists of three processes of needs analysis, design and development, and evaluation of the model established, and is carried out by following the nature procedures of research and development; exploratory study, the stage of development, testing models and dissemination (Borg and Gall, 1983). This paper will analyse the first phase of the study, which is the need analysis process and involves an assessment of 40 parents in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Research and development are the steps consist of need analysis, document analysis and design model. Need analysis were collected through questionnaires and interviews and the document analysis will be utilizing content analysis method on two well-known books of Ibn Sina on the Soul, which are al-Isharat wa Tanbihat and as-Shifa'. The result of the analysis of questionnaires and interviews revealed that parents need guidelines for nurturing and stimulating the soul of their children from the very early phase of childhood so that it can properly develop.