A word from the co-founder of Zein International Childcare: Robbie Zein
The development of Zein Childcare represents a dream. I had a lifelong held belief that there had to be a better way to support and develop the lives of internationally mobile children and their families – a better way to ensure that the benefits of being a ‘Third Culture Kid’ (TCK) truly outweighed the negatives.
The Zein approach to childcare is a labour of love resulting from my background in, and passion for, children and early years education.
Canadian by passport, I grew up within an internationally mobile family and throughout my childhood lived in numerous countries in North America and the Middle East. I am, therefore, what is known as an adult TCK (Third Culture Kid). My experience with families and children of all ages from diverse cultures combined with my international background has given me a unique perspective and insight that has allowed me to develop an approach that helps educators, parents and children to understand, work through and successfully deal with many of the challenges that families can face in a fast-changing, foreign environment. One of the most important aspects of Zein’s programme is not just the exceptional care and attention given to the children, but also the advice and feedback provided to families and educators.
From a career perspective, I studied early childhood education in Canada and spent many years working with children in different settings in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Today, I am an experienced speaker and I provide consulting services on childhood behaviour for the expatriate community to families, schools, and international organisations.
Zein International Childcare’s mission & philosophy is based on providing an internationally oriented nurturing learning environment. This environment is one which seeks to understand cross-cultural experiences and their impact on children.