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The Willows Fully Renovated After School Care Completes Successful First Week

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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 or +31 (0)70-324 2412.

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

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.

Meet the candidates of our International Talent Programme 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Meet the candidates of our International Talent Programme! We just had our intake group meeting ateh The Estate after which the in-house training commences.

Alongside the Dutch ‘EVC’ process, the candidates – or trainees – will receive extensive training at one of our locations around The Hague under the guidance of experienced Zein professionals. In total, the programme will take around 2-4 months, depending on ones previous experience and expertise. During the additional ten Zein Academy Training sessions attended by all new employees, all aspects of international child care and the Zein approach to working with international families are being covered.

Good luck to you all and have fun while learning about how Zein sets the standard in international childcare every single day!


Zein Academy International Talent Programme 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Are you interested in a career in international childcare, but not qualified to work with children in the Netherlands? We may have the answer… 

Tailor-made programme
Over the years, many well-educated and experienced education professionals have applied to us for positions only to find out that their particular Dutch or international qualifications - or former work experience - is not formally recognised by the Dutch Childcare Authorities. The Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP) is a tailor-made training programme that aims to support enthusiastic, passionate and talent looking for a future career in the field of international childcare.

Meeting Dutch legislative requirements
Through the Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP), Zein offers both international and Dutch candidates, who hold childhood education qualifications and/or experience but are not officially qualified to work with children in the Netherlands, a recognized, professional solution for meeting the Dutch legislative requirements.

On-job training
Successful candidates will follow an in-house training scheme alongside an adapted version of the Dutch ‘EVC’ (ervaringscertificaat) process. Working on a daily basis within either Day Care or Out of School Care groups in The Hague, candidates will receive on-job training under the guidance of experienced Zein professionals. In addition to this hands-on approach, trainees will participate in the Zein Academy Training sessions, covering all aspects of international child care and the Zein approach to working with international families.

International Talent Programme Information Session
Find out more  and register to attend the Information Session on Tuesday, 3 July 2018. The event will take place from 11:00 -12:30 at The Estate location -  Jozef Israelsplein 36, 2596 AV Den Haag.

  • 11:00 Arrival & refreshments
  • 11:10 Introduction to Zein 
  • 11:30 Explanation of the Zein Academy International Talent Programme
  • 11:40 Initial Q & A
  • 11:45 Explanation of next steps & timelines
  • 12:00 Q&A on application & selection process
  • 12:15 Refreshments & further information on individual basis
  • 12:30 Closure

To register for the event, please fill out the online form.

Duration of the programme
The programme lasts 2-4 months, depending on your current experience/qualifications. When joining the scheme, you will be registered with the company that we work with in relation to the EVC procedure. Upon starting the programme, you will undertake a skills audit - the results of which will be used to create a tailor-made training programme for you. Additionally, you will be assigned a personal coach who will liaise with you throughout the education process, provide help and advice on the modules you will need to complete and competence-based evidence you will need to gather.

Who is eligible?
The scheme is most suitable for candidates who have followed some extended or higher education course related to childhood education or childhood psychology - although candidates with other academic backgrounds or practical experience will also be considered. There are many childhood related courses - both Dutch and international - which are not formally recognised as childcare qualifications, even though they are often of a higher academic level.  The idea of the EVC process is to allow candidates the opportunity to have their earlier studies recognised, whilst gaining important practical experience in the care of children. 

Applications are welcome from candidates of all ages and backgrounds, but competency in the English language is a must. Additionally, all candidates are required to hold (at least) a post-high school diploma and be eligible to work in The Netherlands.

For more info or queries please contact Zein Human Resources via or 070 326 8263.

The most popular After School Activity? Good old Kapla!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Indoor activity
When it comes to indoor activities at After School Care, Kapla is one of the most popular things to play with. This wooden construction set has been popular among children for decades as the small planks are ideal for constructing many different building creations.

Building skills put into practice
Purely coincidentally, two After School locations of Zein happened to be play with Kapla on the very same day and time, and they’ve made some nice pictures of their wonderful creations. After seeing all those building skills put into practice, there might be a Constructing Challenge coming up…



Zein at successful Feel at Home Fair 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Snacks and bites
This Sunday the Zein team ran a fun Activity Zone at the successful The Feel at Home Fair in The Hague. Of course, our chefs were also on hand to serve freshly prepared organic chili style puff pastry snacks and apple pie bites - which were a hit with visitors young & old! 

Activity Zone
At our Activity Zone, children enjoyed the magic sand, play dough, and the car and train track. But the face-painting proved to be the most popular amongst the youngsters as the queue got longer by the minute. Our dedicated team answered all questions asked by interested parties and entertained the little ones while doing so.

Feel at Home Fair
With 150 exhibitors, performers, presenters and fundraisers, the Feel at Home Fair provides a special mix of information, animation and entertainment for international families each year.

The Maples Out of School Care Group gives back to local community

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hand-crafted decorations and carol singing
During the holiday season, the children attending The Maples Out of School Care got creative and made some wonderful decorations. Upon completion, they visited a nearby elderly home to bring its residents some festive joy by delivering the hand-crafted decorations and singing beautiful carols!

Giving back
Through the provision of such activities we, as a childcare provider, hope to make a significant contribution to the level of awareness of the importance of giving back among the children. By participating in such activities, the children not only get meet and interact with members of the local community, we also hope they touch people’s hearts and make their day just a bit more special!

Our second group of International Talent

Friday, November 10, 2017

We are proud to welcome the 2nd group of talent to the Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP)!

Reflecting diversity
At Zein we believe that the best way to serve our diverse community is by ensuring that the people working for us reflect the same level of diversity themselves. This approach is about their ability to empathize with the experiences and challenges faced by international mobile children and their families - adding a richness to the care they provide. 

Official accreditation
Via the ITP training scheme, we support well qualified educators or otherwise experienced individuals from other countries in achieving the official level of skill accreditation required by the Dutch authorities through a combination of on the job training and a personal training portfolio. 

Welcome to the Zein professional family ITP team! Find out more about Zein’s International Talent Programme here:


Zein attends IamExpat Fair 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Variety of activities
This Saturday, Zein was delighted to host an activity zone for the international families visiting the IamExpat Fair The Hague 2017! At our Zein stand, visitors not only enjoyed the variety of activities on offer including play dough, fisher tips, castle & train track building and the very popular face painting – they also got to taste the sugar-free banana cake and gluten-free sweet potato cheese bites prepared and served by our own chefs.

IamExpat Fair
At the IamExpat Fair, internationals can find all the services and businesses they need in a single location, learn how to navigate life in the Netherlands by attending free workshops and presentations, and connect with other expats, organisations and members of the international community. The impressive and historic Grote Kerk housed numerous exhibitor stands, workshop venues, lounge areas, food stands and an activity zone for kids – ensuring fun for all ages!

Celebrating World Teachers' Day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Super hero teachers
To celebrate World Teachers’ Day, The Elms After School Care made beautiful super hero teachers and The Willows Day Care created hats declaring just what makes their teachers so very special to them... 

The United Nations' World Teachers' Day
The United Nations' (UN) World Teachers' Day celebrates and recognizes the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels – and aims to mobilize support for teachers, ensuring that the needs of future generations will continue to be met.

A big, big thank you to our wonderful teachers for your commitment to making every day a great one for the children in our care!