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A New Surprise in The Estate Garden

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Throughout Zein's closure period, all of our our locations have undergone maintenance and thorough cleansing, but the Estate garden had a special surprise for the returning children... 

A lovely little wooden tree house, a swing and wooden walkway have been built in the Magical Garden at The Estate. These exciting additions have been welcomed with great delight by our children of all ages and teachers alike. 

Outdoor play is a key part of the Zein routine, that's why the Estate garden has over 3000m2 of landscaped gardens, designed specifically for the different age ranges of the children in our care. We all look forward to enjoying our beautiful garden this summer with plenty of water play and lots of outdoor fun!

Supporting the Zein Community at Home

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Zein children enjoying the Zein at Home programme

During the temporary closure of all services due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Zein developed a programme to enable all of the Zein community to continue exploring, learning and having fun from the comfort and safety of their own home. ​

Each week, Zein has shared Zein at Home Activity Guides designed specifically for Out of School Care, Day Care and Pre-School children to enjoy. All of the guides are based on the programme our teachers follow at Zein, adapted to be appropriate for individual children to complete at home. To complement the Activity Guides, the Early Years teachers of each individual group filmed weekly Circle Time videos to share stories, sing songs, read books, enjoy musical activities and so much more with the children of their own group while the Out of School Care teachers shared happy greetings in video format.

Virtual Circle Time Fun

The Pre School and Day Care Activity Guides activities link to the monthly theme, which have primarily revolved around Spring. Each week, children learn the Book of the Week and sing a Song of the Week that explores the weekly theme. Recent themes have been Spring Plants & Flowers, and Bugs & Insects. We also learn about numbers, colours & shapes, as well as spending time on crafts and age-appropriate physical and outdoor exploration activities.

The Out of School Care Activity Guides contain fun activities, covering different topics for children to choose from according to their interests including, science, arts and crafts, recreational games, cooking and baking. Highlights have been making terrariums, making Chef Ilse’s chicken coconut curry and learning to play lawn bowls.

The Zein at Home guides follow Zein’s guiding principles and aims to help children feel positive about themselves, their abilities and the people around them.

Zein at Home Day Care Activity Guide Sample
Zein at Home After School Activity Guide Sample


Zein International Childcare Temporary Closure

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Temporary Closure

On Sunday 15 March, the Dutch government announced that from Monday 16 March until 6 April inclusive, all schools and childcare organisations in the Netherlands are to close their doors as an important measure against the spreading of the Coronavirus.

C​ommitted to ensuring the health and safety of every child and staff member in our care, we are following government instructions accordingly and have temporarily closed all Zein locations to protect the health of all members of Zein’s international community

During this temporary closure period our friendly office team remains available for questions via 070 326 8263 or

NOW OPEN: The Willows Day Care (Leidschenveen) fully renovated

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Monday, January 6, 2020

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 or +31 (0)70-324 2412.



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!


Parents' Information Evening 'Small Steps to Independence'

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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
19:15 Welcome
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.

The adventures of Leo the Lion at The Maples Day Care

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

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...!




The Little Castle Day Care: An update

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.

Renovations update
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.

Bilingual group
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.

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 Maples Day Care and Pre-School explore the library

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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.

Story time
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.