In the first week of January 2020, the fully purpose-built building of The Willows Day Care opened for children aged 3 months to 4 years. The Willows Day Care located on the grounds of the BSN was one of Zein’s first facilities somewhat a decade ago. In October 2018, this location had to temporarily close and move the children in their care to one of Zein’s other locations in Voorburg.
Setting the standard in Day Care facilities
As you would expect from Zein, the pedagogic and service standards are high at the new Willows Day Care. Their award-winning day care programme is designed to ensure a smooth transition into primary school and the experienced Early Years professionals with international backgrounds run and guide three day care groups – one them is bilingual for those families who want to expose their children to the English and Dutch language. The available indoor space is no less than three times the amount of space per child compared to standard Dutch childcare centres and a professional, dedicated chef prepares healthy organic warm meals and snacks on site. For outdoor fun, the natural playground is equipped with age appropriate areas.
More day care places available
With The Willows Day Care now open for business again, more day care places have become available in Leidschenveen region as well as in Leidschendam-Voorburg. Interested in joining Zein International Childcare for your child? Plan a visit or put in an online application to reserve a place for your child. For questions, you can always contact their Planning Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 (0)70-324 2412.
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!
A parents’ information evening to provide practical tips on how to support a smooth and happy start to school. This will include advice on how to help your child to achieve toileting independence, and other behavioural milestones.
Tuesday 14 May, 18:45 – 20:30, British School in the Netherlands (BSN)
Junior School Diamanthorst, Saffierhorst 117, 2592 GK, The Hague
When your child is reaching a pre-school age and will start school within the next year, there is so much for you and them to look forward to. However, for many parents, this momentous step in their child’s learning journey also comes with a sense of uncertainty on how to ensure their child is fully prepared for their transition to ‘Big School’.
To support families of young children during this exciting time, the Early Years teams of The British School in The Netherlands and Zein International Childcare have teamed up to share successful approaches and helpful tips that will make the toilet training process as smooth and as hassle-free as possible. We invite you to join us on Tuesday 14 May at Junior School Diamanthorst (JSD) to hear about different strategies in supporting your child to be school-ready.
Programme of the evening
18:45-19:15 Opportunity to visit JSD Foundation Stage classrooms and meet BSN staff
19:20 – 20:00 Presentation by BSN & Zein's Early Years staff
20:00 – 20:30 Q&A for Zein, teachers, nurse and BSN Admissions Team
Confirming your attendance. This information evening is open to all Zein Day Care and Pre-School families – regardless of school choice – and to other families who are currently considering Early-Year options for their child. To support the planning of this event, we kindly ask all parents to confirm their attendance by Friday 3 May by clicking the link to REGISTER.
Only few people know that there is a lion amongst the children at The Maples Day Care... His name is Leo and he is the friendliest lion you will ever meet.
Keeping the memories alive
During the past few months, Leo has been on a true adventure as he has spent the weekends with the children and their families. To keep the wonderful memories alive, all families have written about their weekend journeys in Leo’s Book of Adventures. And from what we have heard, Leo is looking forward to making new friends after his holiday break...
Click here for a glimpse in Leo's Book of Adventures...!
As the summer's upon us, not only the property even does look more beautiful, we would also like to share with you a little update on the renovation of The Little Castle and the start of our very first bilingual group.
With the ground floor fully renovated and two day care groups in full swing, the renovation of the upper floors will be finished in September. As per October 1st, the remaining two groups (The Blackberries and The Raspberries) will be opening its doors for little ones aged 3 months - 4 years. Together with a dedicated team, a lot of hard work has been put into this grand renovation venture. And all the efforts have certainly paid off as the result of the ground floor is stunning as you compare it to how it looked like before.
Our long-awaited Bilingual group (The Cherries) will be opened on Monday August 27th. Whilst we are finalizing the last details regarding our preparations, we are excited with the introduction of this unique pilot programme and look forward to welcoming more children into the Zein Little Castle Family.
Are you interested in a career in international childcare, but not qualified to work with children in the Netherlands? We may have the answer…
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.
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 email@example.com or 070 326 8263.
We had a great week at the Maples Day Care as children from the Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries went to the Bomenbuurt library. Excursions are an important part of early learning as it does not only break everyday routine, but also bring forward new lessons about their own role as part of the local community.
Walking to the library
Along the way, the children walked beautifully, commenting on the many things they saw and heard and practiced their road safety on the walk there and back. Upon arriving at the library, the children were explained the rules and shown around and security landmarks were shown as per our risk assessment.
Searching the shelves
Inside, the children searched the shelves for books that interested them and asked Jolanda, Tunde, Sarah and Marie Lise to read them. The children enjoyed listening to the stories and exploring the library.
At some point, the children gathered together for story time with Sarah. While listening very carefully to the story ‘A squash and a squeeze’, they answered the questions that were asked throughout the book with no hesitation. Concluding the excursion, our Pre-Schoolers were invited to colour in pictures that related to the book ‘A squash and a squeeze’.
Part of the community
Activities like this, offer a valuable experience for the children to draw on several different aspects of learning; it enables children to understand that they are also part of the world, and thus the local community, outside the Zein doors.
Confident and involved learners
This activity relates to the Zein programme perfectly as the children are encouraged to become confident and involved learners by further developing their dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. This is demonstrated in their excitement over the new books and investigating their way around the library.
By providing a range of opportunities for both the individual child and a shared experience amongst a group, our monthly programme is furthermore productive, encouraging, secure, respectful and puts focus on reciprocal relationships.
Yesterday afternoon, mayor Klaas Tigelaar commemorated the official opening of 'The Little Castle' in Voorburg by unveiling a plaque in the monumental property, also known as “Huis de Werve”. Among our guests were the heads of the international schools in the region, staff of multinationals and expat organizations and other business associates of the childcare provider. We welcomed the first children in early March after an extensive and careful renovation.
Benefit to local community and economy
Mayor Klaas Tigelaar emphasized the relevance of an internationally-minded childcare provider in the Leidschedam-Voorburg region: “More and more international and highly educated families are finding their way to Leidschendam-Voorburg, which contributes to the diversity within the community and benefits the local economy. To create an appealing living environment for these families, the availability of suitable facilities – such as international oriented childcare – is important. The arrival of Zein here is therefore very welcome!”
We want to thank all our wonderful guests and parents who celebrated the festive opening with us. Without you, it would not have been such a success!
During our exploration of the ‘Life in the forest’ theme, the children at The Willows enjoyed a circle time in the fresh air outside. Through story time and pictures, we discussed forest life and learnt the names of animals living in the forest. Following this, we collected different shades of leaves and practiced our gluing and sticking skills to make our own beautiful forests on paper.
And finally, the children loved getting in touch with nature by spending the afternoon exploring and searching for forest life in our own garden. They were very excited to find many wonderful animals hiding in the trees and under the logs...
Interested parties and neighbors joined celebrations
With over 150 visitors, the Open Day of our newest location “The Little Castle Day Care” was a great success. Not only interested parties visited and experienced the facilities in person, we also invited our new neighbors to join the celebrations. Our team introduced our visitors to the Day Care service we offer in order to support the expats and internationally minded amongst the local community in Leidschendam-Voorburg area.
Day Care facilities and organic bites
The Day Care facilities were set up just like a normal day at Zein, visitors could walk in and around the property that has been remodeled throughout, and our chef prepared tasteful Cheesy Pizza Bread, Petit Pear Tarts, Polenta Fries with a Hummus Dip and gluten-free Banana Cake; all freshly made and organic so that our guest could have a taste of what the little ones eat on a daily basis.
On March 5th, The Little Castle opened its doors for the first children at one of the Day Care Rooms on the ground floor, while upstairs the last decorating still silently progressing before opening by the end of spring. This September, The Little Castle will be the first Zein location that starts a bilingual pilot. Once proved successful, we will likely offer bilingual childcare on more locations.
As for now, we are looking forward to welcoming little princes and princesses to The Little Castle!