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A Summer Scavenger Hunt - Keeping Kids Active!

Date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021

It can be hard to keep kids engaged on warm summer days, but there are plenty of creative ways to spend time in nature! Try this fun scavenger hunt in a local park and you're guaranteed a fun afternoon! 

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Healthy Ice Cream for All Ages!

Date: 
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fruity Froyo Recipe, tried and approved by the chefs and children of Zein! 

Healthy, fruity and delicious, this frozen yoghurt will help the entire family cool down on a hot summer's day! 

Ingredients: 

  • 500g apples (or any other frozen fruit)
  • 500g natural yoghurt 
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A squeeze of lemon juice 

Method: 

  1. Prepare the fruits by cutting the apples (or other fruit) into small pieces, making sure to add a little lemon juice so they don't go brown. 
  2. Freeze overnight. 
  3. Put the yoghurt, cinnamon and frozen fruit into a food processor. Mix until combined. 
  4. Spoon the frozen yoghurt into bowls or put into a popsicle mould and freeze until again firm. 
  5. To store, place in the freezer in an airtight container. 

After School Care Reopens at Zein

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Date: 
Monday, April 19, 2021

Zein children return to After School Care. Zein kinderen keren terug naar de BSOAs restrictions gradually lift, we are thrilled to reopen Zein International Childcare's After School Care service this week.

We are excited to welcome families back to Zein After School Care this week. Children will dive straight into a fun-filled programme, with Explorers (4-6 years) enjoying the theme "Spring has Sprung" in April - exploring insects, gardening and more, and Adventurers (6-12 years) learning about "The Environment" - with exciting projects involving gardening, recycling and planting. 

“We were taken a little by surprise but we are delighted to open our doors to all our children again,’’ says Thanos Papanastasiou, OSC Locations Manager at Zein. “After School Care gives children the chance to socialise, play and relax with their peers. As we welcome children back, we’re excited to see them make new friends and strengthen existing bonds in a safe, fun-filled environment.” 

As we reopen, we also celebrate the launch of a bilingual After School Care group at The Estate! The demand for bilingual care at Zein has grown in recent years, as long-stay expat families residing in The Hague and internationally-minded local families increasingly recognise the benefits of a bilingual upbringing. We look forward to seeing the children settle into their new routine! 

Finally, we would like to thank each of you for your individual efforts to keep yourself and the other members of the Zein community healthy, safe and comfortable, as well as the parents working in vital professions throughout the pandemic. Our policy is continuously adapted as the situation develops and will always meet, and at times even exceed, the guidelines issued by the government and childcare sector. For the latest version of our Health & Safety Protocol, please click here.

Happy Spring Holiday from Zein

Date: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy Spring Holidays! We hope your family have a wonderful rest this Spring Holiday and enjoy time together.  

At Zein, we love the outdoors. Every day we enjoy going outside to play in our natural gardens with age-appropriate and themed areas to encourage imaginative play. So why not take to the great outdoors this weekend. Here are some fun activity ideas you can enjoy as a family:

  • Go into your garden or to a local park and try to spot at least three signs that spring is here! Take photos, draw them or chat about what you have seen.
  • Try our Family Nature Trail for a bit of outdoor fun in the sun! 
  • For budding photographers, try our photography challenge and ensure all photos are taken outside. Compare your photos when you get home and create a photo exhibition.  
  • Create a Spring treasure hunt in your garden and hide treasures for the kids - and adults - to find. Compete to see how many you can find, but here's the twist: whoever finds the most gets to share them with everybody else. 
  • Outdoor movie screening! The cinema may be closed, but you can create an outdoor cinema in your garden. Set up a screen with comfy seats and cosy blankets, make some healthy snacks together and then you can enjoy your family's favourite film! 

We are excited to enjoy the sun this weekend and can't wait to hear about your adventures when you return to Zein!

Activities To Connect with Family During Lockdown

Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

With travel restrictions still in place, we still aren't able to see many of our loved ones. Try getting creative with activities that will prompt discussion about family and help them remember fun times they have spent with family! 

Craft Activities

  • Create a frame using cardboard and craft materials for your child's favourite photo of family or friends. Once completed and dry, hang it up in your bedroom
  • Write a letter to a loved one who you haven't seen in a long time. Tell them what you have been doing in lockdown and what you are excited to do with them when you see them again! If your child can't write yet, talk about it, write it for them and post the letter together. 
  • Create a collage to remember fun times with loved ones. Print photos of friends and family, cut out the images and stick them to a big sheet of paper before decorating it with your child's favourite colours and words associated with friends. Don't forget to hang it where your child can see it! 
  • Landmark Craft If your family lives abroad, help your child connect with that place by selecting a local landmark Build that landmark out of recycled cardboard together and send a photo of it to the family who live there! 

 Social Activities

  • Create a dance to a song you love and record your performance - with costumes! Send to a family member to brighten up their day or perform it on a video call! 
  • Video call a yogi friend and ask them to host a yoga session for the kids! Family fun and exercise all rolled into one! 
  • Play Pictionary online with a family member. Write down drawing prompts before an online call and ask your child to draw pictures of the prompts in front of the camera whilst the family member on your call guesses! 
  • Write a bedtime story together with your child and record a video of them telling the story. Send to a friend or family member with children who can play it to them before bed. You may even get a new bedtime story in return! 

 

We hope that these activities help your child to connect with family, even if they are far away! Be sure to check our Facebook page for healthy recipes and more activity ideas to supplement the weekly activity guides you receive throughout the temporary closure period. 

Here Comes Happiness: Zein Children Share their Wishes for 2021

Date: 
Sunday, December 20, 2020

Children at Zein remind us of the small, happy and hopeful things in life that make us smile with their New Year's wishes for 2021. 

With the end of the year approaching, we recently asked some of the children at Zein to share their New Year’s wishes. We had great fun thinking about all of the hopes we have for ourselves, our family, and friends. 

 Across all Zein’s services, Day CarePre-SchoolOut of School Care and Holiday Camps, we integrate real-world context into the programme using themes. Topics such as travel and transport, celebrations across the world, seasons and the human body are integrated into a play-way learning curriculum that focusses on building language, gross and fine motor skills as well as socio-emotional development.  

Speaking to the children about their hopes for 2021 not only encourages them to look forward to 2021 with optimism and hope but also supports the development of socio-emotional skills. During the exercise, children think about and communicate their hopes verbally, they express their thoughts and emotions, listen to others’ hopes and know that when their turn comes to speak, they will be heard.   

 ‘I wish everyone a great, happy holiday!’  Piyumi, 8. After School Care. 

‘I wish for lots of water.’ The teachers asked why do you need so much water? ‘Because I am a goldfish!’ Nikolai, 3. Day Care.  

' I wish to have a balloon filled with water, so I can water my flowers in our garden.' Morade, 6.  After School Care. 

' I wish to play a lot with my Dad. '  Cara, 3. Pre-School 

At Zein, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer a safe, happy environment for the children in our care. This is reflected in the positivity of the children’s wishes - even after a difficult year. Their optimism is inspiring and shows that all of us – even us adults - can find joy in the smallest of things.  

  

A Welcoming and Safe Environment for All at Zein

Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

At Zein, we offer a safe, homely environment for our community. When children feel a sense of security and belonging they thrive; creating this environment is especially important when the world around them reflects a sense of anxiety.

As Zein continues welcoming children into our locations, we would like to reinforce that the safeguarding and wellbeing of children in our care is our priority. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a stable environment where children feel, as always, at home away from home. Our teachers and staff are working within clear health and safety guidelines which safeguard the health and hygiene of the entire Zein community. To view Zein’s Health & Safety policy, please click this link.

We thank you for your continued participation and contribution as parents to guarantee Zein remains a safe space for all.

Zein International Childcare partners with International Waldorf School The Hague

Date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Children from the International Waldorf School will join students from the Lycée Français at The Elms for After School Care and Holiday Camps. Nestled on the edge of Scheveningse Bosjes in the Archipel neighbourhood, The Elms is the perfect leafy and homely location to welcome children to unwind with new and old friends after a day at school. The International Waldorf School of The Hague is a non-profit international primary school with a distinct educational vision that emphasises engagement with societal developments in sustainability, peace, justice, and wellbeing.

“At the International Waldorf School The Hague, children can grow and thrive in peaceful, natural and engaging surroundings.  We constantly endeavour to spark and foster the curiosity of our children by encouraging them to marvel at the world, and by immersing them in a diverse and broad curriculum. The rich educational environment at our school enables the children to learn with head, heart and hands.  We feel that Zein provides a fitting extension to the Waldorf school day, as they place a similar emphasis on supporting and developing all aspects of the child – the physical, the emotional and the intellectual.” - Niels Schieman, International Waldorf School The Hague.

We are looking forward to supporting the children and families of the International Waldorf School at Zein Out of School Care as they grow and learn.

The Willows Fully Renovated After School Care Completes Successful First Week

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Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020

On the 24th February 2020, The Willows After School Care welcomed children into its newly renovated facility. The Willows location is attended exclusively by students from the Leidschenveen location of the British School in The Netherlands.​

Where the Fun Begins
As you would expect from Zein, the pedagogic and service standards are exceptionally high at the new Willows After School Care location. The facility has exceptionally high safety standards and is designed to be a welcoming and home-like environment with age-appropriate furniture and equipment, catering for the needs of every child to relax, refresh and engage in a different way at the end of each formal school day. 

Children have access to both indoor and outdoor sport and recreational facilities and have the opportunity to also enjoy the co-curricular clubs offered by the school itself.


Successful First Week of After School Care
The Willows opened its doors earlier this week during the British School's February half term. With ample space for relaxation, play and activities, the location has been an instant success with children and staff alike! 

If you are interested in joining Zein International Childcare for your child, you can plan a visit or complete an online application to reserve a place for your child. For questions, you can always contact our Planning Team via planning@zeinchildcare.nl or +31 (0)70-324 2412.

Seventh location for Zein International Childcare as number of international families in The Hague region continues to grow

Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019

For the new school year 2019-2020, we have opened ‘The Pines’ – our seventh location in The Hague region. Located on the premises of Tennis Park WW in the Benoordenhout area, The Pines offers an English-speaking After School and Holiday Care programme with a supplementary focus on discovering various sport disciplines. During recent years, the number of international families in The Hague has continued to grow rapidly, resulting in growing student numbers across the international primary schools in the area. With further growth predicted, the opening of this brand-new location is the result of our continued commitment to meeting the demand for international childcare places.

Ngozi Uche, Director of Zein International Childcare: ‘’The programme of The Pines will offer a worthy and enjoyable extension to the day of every child in our care; alongside a varied activity programme, we look forward to making the most of the facilities of the sports park by exploring the different sports offered on the premises. What sets us apart, however, is our pedagogic approach which focuses on social-emotional competences and the uniqueness of every child. Together with a team of passionate childcare professionals with international backgrounds, we strive – each and every day – to create an environment where each child feels at home after a long day at school. To support this approach, The Pines has been completely renovated and furnished to the highest standards with stylish natural wallpaper, soft carpeted areas, and wooden furnishings to provide that same welcoming environment all other Zein locations are known for.”

After School pick-ups at Haagsche Schoolvereeniging
Students attending both the international and Dutch departments of the Haagsche Schoolvereeniging (HSV) will be collected at school at the end of the day – making their way over to The Pines by private bus transport.

Partner Schools
By opening the Pines, we now providee individual Out of School Care locations for each of the following international schools in the region: The Haagsche Schoolvereeniging, The British School in The Netherlands, The International School of The Hague, Lycée Français and The European School The Hague. Whilst exclusively available to students of the partner schools on school days, during the holidays, the out of school care locations are open to students of all international schools and Dutch schools in the area.

Click here to read more about The Pines.

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