After School Care
At Zein Holiday Camps every weekly activity programme includes not one, but two exciting field specially selected to complement the theme of the camp week. During the first couple of weeks of this summer holiday, adventure camp headed out to a survival park and a theme park, circus camp visited circus school Circaso and trampoline hall Planet Jump, and cooking camp enjoyed visiting a fruit & vegetable farm and a cheese & animal farm.
Click the link to view photos of our campers having fun while climbing and challenging themselves at the survival park, exploring a theme park, juggling, balancing and trying acrobatics at Circaso and fruit picking and feeding animals at the farms.
View the summer programme to find out where we’re headed next!
Exactly 100 years ago art movement 'De Stijl' was founded. With famous Dutch artist Piet Mondriaan as its most important representative, the Netherlands is celebrating through numerous activities during 2017.
As part of the monthly theme of Art Appreciation for the big kids (ages 7-12) in After School Care, the children at The Oaks created their own tribute to Mondriaan and the influential art movement.
On Monday 9 January, the Zein Out of School Care children of the European School of The Hague finally got to move into the brand new, purpose-built, eco-friendly location ‘The Maples’. The location, conveniently located next to the school, offers ESH students the perfect place to enjoy our fun and active after school and holiday programme - which has been specially designed for international children.
The new building, which was established in partnership with the Gemeente Den Haag, has been styled and furnished to the highest standards, using the same homely approach as our other locations. There’s room for three out of school care groups, who also get to enjoy an additional shared workshop space that will used for all types of activities.
Having spent significant time in temporary facilities in the school, the team of qualified and caring childcare professionals, look forward to delivering a wide ranging programme of both outdoor and indoor activities in a more relaxed environment.
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This week the Zein Child Care Group was thrilled to receive the FD Gazelle award – for the second year in a row. The title of FD Gazelle is awarded annually by ‘Het Financieel Dagblad’ to the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands. The much sought after title recognises the success and security of businesses from all sectors, based on a number of financial criteria that have to be met for a minimum of three consecutive years.
Director and Co-Founder Jan van der Meijden was proud to join the award ceremony on 22 November at Theater Amsterdam to receive the award, and to also be named as ‘Best Performing Company in the Care Sector’ in West-Holland. A remarkable accomplishment in a sector which has faced many challenges in recent years. During this time, however, Zein has remained committed to its mission and philosophy, to provide the children in their care with an internationally oriented nurturing learning environment – never compromising on the quality provided and continuously aiming to ‘Set the Standard in International Childcare’. Thankful for the trust of the many parents who selected Zein Childcare for their children, and the staff contributing to the company’s success, the award was celebrated together with parents and staff at a parents’ evening taking place in one of Zein’s locations that same evening.
Picture: Founders Robbie Zein and Jan van der Meijden with the FD Gazelle award.
Although our old 'Storks' and 'Music Room' locations by the International School have served us well, new will argue that moving to a new purpose built location will be a great improvement. Located immediately behind the ISH campus, on the ground floor of the brand new Die Haghe Clubhouse, this purpose built facility will provide a big step forward in terms of facilities and accommodation for our Out of School Care children there. Earlier this month, Jan van Meijden - co-founder of Zein Childcare - signed the rental contract with Chairman of Die Haghe, Ton van der Starre.
From the outset, the new building has been designed for multipurpose use. The top floor will serve as the clubhouse for the football club, whilst the majority of the ground floor will be for the exclusive use of Zein Out of School Care children, aged 4-12, from the International School. The interior décor and chunky wood furnishings at 'The Oaks' will offer the same homely feel as the other dedicated use Zein locations. There will also be a brand new natural playground, consisting of a wide range of wooden play equipment, completing the facilities at this great new location!
For a visual impression of the new build please see our photo gallery
Whilst most of the places will be taken by existing clients, the extra space will allow us to accept a few more new children, so if you are interested in securing a place for your child please contact us as soon as possible or apply online now for a place.
During a recent sunny day some of our after school care children put the sun to good use by using its beams to burn their name into a piece of wood with the help of a magnifying glass.
Following a short introduction on lenses, sunbeams and the dangers of heating the children concentrated really hard to finish their project by pick-up time. Some children took a maginfying glass home with them to show their parents their newly learnt skill and practice some more over the weekend!
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This week we celebrated King’s Day - a national holiday in celebration of the birthday of the King - at a number of our childcare locations. In line with the tradition of this holiday, the children dressed in orange and enjoyed a range of activities with a Dutch theme.
The little ones at our Princess Ariane location in Noordwijk had great fun putting a crown on Maxima’s head – blindfolded – while the After School Care children at Robbie’s Place LSV had a wonderful time painting beautiful windmills!
This morning we were delighted to welcome the admissions staff from The British School in The Netherlands, The American School of The Hague, de Haagsche Schoolvereeninging and The American International School of Rotterdam!
Following a tour of The Estate location by Founding Directors Jan van der Meijden and Robbie Zein, we sat down for a lovely lunch where we shared with them the latest updates on this summer's camp programme!
Great parental lecture this evening from Ruth van Reken - the renowned author of 'Third Culture Kids - Growing Up Among Worlds'. Many insightful anecdotes and practical examples of both the rewards and challenges of bringing your child up in a different country or with mixed cultural influences... Supporting our children through their internationally mobile lives, and helping show them how to make the most out of those experiences, is one of the important roles which Zein International Childcare plays every day. Many thanks to Ruth for giving of her time so generously!
Worth a watch - the video called 'Where's Home' explores the unique perspectives of Third Culture Kids - people who have spent a significant portion for their childhood overseas. Click here to watch the video.