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Graduation Ceremony for Day Care and Pre-School Children

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Friday, July 15, 2022

The transition from Day Care and Pre-School to ‘Big School’ is a momentous occasion for a child, their parents, and their teachers.

To commemorate the end of the children’s time with us, we organize a Graduation ceremony. On this festive afternoon, the children get to dress up in caps and gowns, sing songs, and proudly demonstrate they know their letters, colours and shapes. Then, it's time for the official part! One by one the children come forward to receive a special certificate and graduation teddy. After a big hug from their parents, it's time to cut the cake and enjoy the food prepared by our chef. 

We are so proud of our little graduates and excited for the next step in their early learning journey!

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Summer Vacation Countdown Calendar

Friday, July 15, 2022

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Summer vacation countdown calendar for children. English.

Themed Approach to Learning: Firefighter and Police Officer Visits

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

The first few years of a child’s life play a crucial role in long-term life success. It is during this time that children discover how to learn and interact with others and their surroundings. At Zein, we believe children learn best through their own curiosity and discovery, so we focus on ensuring we create an environment rich in diverse learning opportunities that support their development.

Learning to learn
Our teachers know that children learn in different ways. To support successful, positive learning, we use different teaching methods and techniques - from storytelling to demonstration; role-playing to question and answer; visual aids to self-discovery methods. 

Bringing different learning experiences, methods, and subjects together around a unifying theme forms one of the cornerstones of Zein’s approach to Early Childhood care and development. Jamilla Koch, Day Care Manager of the Willows, explains what a themed approach looks like in reality.

‘’We find it important that our quarterly themes relate to the world around us and emphasize a sense of community and interdependence. For example, the monthly theme of May was ‘My Community Helpers’, which included a week-long subtheme ‘People Who Protect Us’.

During this week, the activities aimed at stimulating the different areas of development related to police officers and firefighters. The children enjoyed circle time reading and discussion about what police officers and firefighters do for us, they identified the shapes found on a police car, counted how many police officers they could see in our book, made a square shape out of playdough to build a fire truck ladder, played with police cars and fire trucks in the construction zone.

As part of the programme, the children also received special visits from a police officer and firefighter.

Happy relaxed children who understand what is going on are more able to benefit and learn from the experience. To reduce potential stress, the teachers started preparing the children by talking with them about how the visit would go, practicing the sound of the siren, and making their own police officer and fire brigade hats.  

Come to the visits themselves, even children and parents of children who did not normally attend that day turned out to welcome the police officer and firefighter. The excitement was clearly visible on the faces of the children as they were each given the opportunity to see and touch the equipment of the police officer and firefighter. The best part of the afternoon was how excited the children were to meet the firefighter and police officer, and watching each of them bravely climbing into the car and exploring the inside!’’

Growing up together
Children benefit greatly from interacting directly with their world. Our early years programme aims to provide many opportunities for active participation, whilst creating an environment that accepts and acknowledges individual differences in their development. The themed approach connects the different areas of development and skills, whilst allowing children of different abilities and preferred learning styles to enjoy learning together.

Simple Summer Summer Scavenger Hunt

Monday, June 21, 2021

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Summer childcare activities for home. Outdoor fun for school children.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies Recipe, tried and approved by the chefs and children of Zein! 

These delicious oatmeal cookies taste as good as they smell!  

Ingredients for 24 cookies: 

  • 3 cups of oatmeal flour or oatmeal flocks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 4 big bananas 


  1. Preheat your oven at 190°C and line a baking tray with parchment/baking paper. 
  2. Start by mashing the bananas in a large bowl. 
  3. Add the eggs, the vanilla extract, and then the oatmeal flour to the bowl. If you only have oatmeal flocks you can blend the flocks a little bit smaller in the blender. The pieces don't need to be too small, keeping them a little bigger gives a nice crunch to your cookies.
  4. Stir until the cookie dough is perfectly combined.
  5. Take a piece of dough, shape it into a cookie shape, and place it on the baking tray. Once all the dough is portioned out on the baking sheet, use your fingers to flatten the dough as the cookies won’t flatten as they bake.
  6. Put the cookies in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Once you remove the cookies from the oven, let them cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes. As a fun extra, you can decorate the cookies with yogurt and some fresh fruit. Enjoy! 

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie recipe for children

Zein at Home: Nature Art Bunny Mask

Saturday, April 17, 2021

This long holiday weekend provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate the changes we see in spring by making a Nature Art Bunny Mask!

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Instrictions on how to create a nature art bunny mask

March in Day Care: Learning About Ourselves

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Day care children enjoy themed learning opportunities at Zein International Childcare In the last month of the quarter, the learning journey of the day care children was guided by the theme 'My Amazing Self'. Our confidence grew as we learned about our characteristics, emotions, and abilities... And those who make us happy: our family and friends!   

In the first week, we learned about 'The Amazing Me'. During one of the activities, children got creative and made a beautiful self-portrait. As they looked into the mirror, their teachers asked questions about the colour of their hair and the colour of their eyes. Then, each child picked a matching coloured pencil and drew themselves on the paper. The babies giggled as they looked into the mirror and the teacher talked to them about their eyes, nose and mouth! 

We continued our monthly theme with learning to understand 'Our Emotions'. Throughout the week, we covered our different emotions through circle time songs and stories, and during activity time. Children loved the fine motor skills enhancement activity, where they expressed how they felt by making a play dough face. How wonderful it was to see so many happy smiles! 

Following on the theme, we next looked at ‘Our 5 Senses’: taste, smell, seeing, listening, and touching. Children discovered what body part is used for each sense, learning about a different sense each day. On the day we looked at our ears, we had so much fun practicing our listening skills and gross motor skills at the same time during a movement to music activity!

Moving on from learning all about themselves the children shifted their focus to 'My Family'. Parents provided us with a family picture, to support an activity where we got to create our very own family tree. Our teachers then asked the children to show and speak about who is in their family. They asked the children if their brother went to school and if Mummy and Daddy went to work. This was a great opportunity for us to develop our language skills.

In the last week of our monthly theme, we enjoyed learning all about ‘My Friends‘. A wonderful chance for the children to express the excitement they feel when they get to spend the day with their friends at day care! Children expressed how much they adore their friends by creating beautiful friendship bracelets at the craft table to give to their friends. We ended our theme with a dance party where the children got to show off their amazing selves and their amazing dance moves.

Through this theme children gained a better understanding of themselves and the people in their ever-growing world. 

You can read more about our Day Care Programme here and we are always happy for families to visit our locations so you can see the environment for yourself. If you would like to arrange a visit, please fill in this form and a member of our helpful team will be happy to arrange a suitable appointment date for you.

February in Day Care: Learning About Earth and Space

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Day care children enjoy themed learning opportunities at Zein International Childcare. During February, our children at the Maples Day Care got to learn about ''Earth and Space'', our theme of the month. We discovered that there is so much to learn about space and the different planets as our teachers created an environment rich in diverse learning opportunities. 

The first week was all about 'Our Planet Earth'. We focussed on teamwork and sharing as we created a big Earth collage using recycled materials. As we were really proud of what we made, our collage went straight to our classroom wall, to remind us to take care of our planet together.

As a continuation to learning about life on our planet, we focussed on 'Life in the Forest' during the second week of February. Our brilliant children demonstrated that they already knew a lot about numerous creatures living in the forest and also enjoyed learning about other living things such as trees and plants. We used our imagination and created our own forest out of colourful paper. Which of the activities was the most fun...? Using bubble wrap to mix yellow and blue paint and create green – the colour of the forest! That was such a great sensorial experience for our youngest and older friends! 

February was also a month of love and we just had to make something cute to surprise our lovely parents. We wanted to show off our clever minds, and what we had been learning about as part of our monthly theme, so we crafted colourful rocket ships and our teacher added a message saying: “I love you to the moon and back!”. We proudly presented the result to our parents, and made them so happy!

Following the Valentine's celebrations, it was time to continue the month with learning about 'Oceans and Lakes' in the third week of February. It was absolutely amazing as our activities reminded us of the upcoming spring weather and playing at the beach. Because it was still a little cold outside, we organized our water play indoors and of course, we could not forget to include different water animal and plant toys. Our role-playing helped children with communication and language skills development - and sparked their creativity and imagination!

During the final week of February, we focused on the 'Solar System'. It was amazing to see different pictures and read books about our planets. We realized together that planets have strange difficult names, but by the end of the week, we remembered all of them. In the garden, we played solar system role play and practised our gross motor skills as we pretended to spin around the sun. Great fun!

It was a wonderful experience to learn about space and our beautiful planet and we will enjoy and care for it for many years to come! 

You can read more about our Day Care Programme here and we are always happy for families to visit our locations so you can see the environment for yourself. If you would like to arrange a visit, please fill in this form and a member of our helpful team will be happy to arrange a suitable appointment date for you.


Learning about 'The World we Live in' at The Maples Day Care

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Day care children enjoy themed learning opportunities at Zein International Childcare. During the month of January, The Maples children  have explored the theme “The World I Live In“. 

Each week throughout January, we have discovered at a different topic related to the monthly theme. To start the New Year, we chose to “Welcome 2022''. The children had an amazing time celebrating the start of the New Year together with their friends and teachers. We learned about different kinds of ways people celebrate at this time of year, then put our knowledge into practice at the craft table! The children enjoyed using their creative skills and learning about bright and beautiful colours during an activity using straws to blow paint to look just like the exploding fireworks we see in the sky at New Year.

Continuing to learn about the world around us, we explored different "Winter Features". To help us conceptualise what Winter 'looks like', our day care children enjoyed a learning walk around our natural gardens at The Maples Day Care. Together, we identified many different winter plants and we discussed which animals live in the garden in winter. We realised that we see more animals in Spring and Summer, but during the walk, we still saw birds, spiders and snails! During this activity the teachers incorporated the number of the week “5” by encouraging the children to practise the number of the week when counting the birds in the garden. 

Once we understood what winter means for the world around us, it was time to move on to the topic “My Body During Winter”. We know that we wrap up to go outside when it's cold, but we learned that there are other ways to get warm! Throughout the week, the children developed their gross motor skills whilst learning an exercise to keep themselves warm! Our day care children had so much fun whilst stretching their arms and legs and improving their balance - of course, whilst listening to our favourite music! The babies also joined with a baby yoga session.

During the final week of January, we looked a little further afield and learned about “Arctic Life”. This topic integrated various elements of the Arctic, such as animals, the climate and people. The day care children were amazed to learn how people adapted to survive in freezing conditions! We even tried to recreate an igloo using the big blocks, practising our problem-solving skills, our gross motor skills and teamwork! We also counted ( 1 -5 ), named the colours (red, green and yellow) and shapes (rectangle, square and triangle) of the blocks they were using to make their very own igloo. We were thrilled to see how proud the children were of their igloo and celebrated making it by enjoying a picnic inside! 

Throughout this month the children grew their knowledge of the world around them. They gained extra recognition and numeracy skills of colours, shapes, numbers during circle-time which is an integral part of our day care daily routine

You can read more about our Day Care Programme here and we are always happy for families to visit our locations so you can see the environment for yourself. If you would like to arrange a visit, please fill in this form and a member of our helpful team will be happy to arrange a suitable appointment date for you.

Welcome to The Hague - Zein Childcare Features in The Hague International Centre Video

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Estate, Zein International Childcare BenoordenhoutWe are excited to share The Hague International Centre's 'Relocating to The Hague' video which shows why The Hague is such a great place to live and work for internationals.

From career opportunities to charming neighbourhoods, and from international education to leisure activities. The video exhibits what the city has the offer and how The Hague International Centre can help with your relocation.

You might spot a familiar Zein location in the video, too!

The Estate, our flagship location, is situated in Benoordenhout and is a stunning listed building with over 3000m2 of landscaped gardens - designed specifically for the different age ranges of the children in our care. The Estate offers Day Care, After School Care and Pre-School services available to local and international families and has both English language groups and a bilingual option for families who want their children to be exposed to both English and Dutch.

To watch the video, click here and to book a tour of The Estate, click here