Following many years of experience in providing an English-speaking approach to childcare, we opened our first bilingual after school care groups at The Estate and The Willows in 2021. These locations are available to families attending Junior School students from the British School in the Netherlands as well as the surrounding Dutch Schools – who may choose between an English-speaking or bilingual group.
The advantages of growing up in a bilingual environment
This provision aims to meet the desire for bilingual care amongst the growing number of expat families choosing for long-term assignments or lifetime careers in the Netherlands – as well as the ever-increasing number of internationally-oriented (international & local Dutch) families who recognise the many advantages a bilingual upbringing can offer their child.
Research into bilingualism shows that children raised bilingually (or multilingually) are more open-minded, have better problem-solving skills and adapt better to different environments than their monolingual counterparts. Bilingualism is the perfect complement to Zein’s international community of children, parents and staff – where worlds come together and different cultures are celebrated.
Read on to find out how our programme boosts your child’s confidence in using English and Dutch.