Following around 15 years of experience in providing a specially designed internationally-oriented approach to childcare, Zein has been offering parents a choice between fully English-speaking and bilingual (English-Dutch) groups for several years now.
Bilingual upbringing and its advantages
This provision aims to meet the desire for such a service amongst the growing number of expat families choosing for long-term assignments and even lifetime careers in the Netherlands – as well as the ever-increasing number of internationally-oriented families in The Hague region who recognise the many advantages a bilingual upbringing can offer.
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 its programme which focusses on growing up in a world with fading national borders and celebrating different cultures.