Zein's May Holiday Multi-Activity Camps began earlier this week with an exciting, carefully designed programme enabling children of all ages to have great fun and learn new skills.
In addition to other exciting arts and craft activities, campers will create their own artwork whilst learning about the masterpieces of famous artists. Last week, campers made a paper craft of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and learned different origami techniques to make shapes inspired by Calder’s innovative mobile sculptures.
STEM activities are some of the most delightful and inspiring activities for campers! The added benefit is that exposing children to exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) concepts allows children to connect elements of their everyday life with the STEM discipline, helping them learn skills that are transferrable to their formal education. Exciting activities in the May camps include building strong catapults, exploring colours with baking soda and vinegar, and using geometry to make colourful radial paper relief sculptures.
Creative Imagination Activities
Imagination helps children to develop many social-emotional skills, but first and foremost it’s fun! Whilst many Zein activities stimulate children’s imaginations, some are a little more… magical! In this holiday camp, our Adventurers will delve into the magical world of Harry Potter as they brew potions together. They will then proceed to charms class where they learn the Wingardium Leviosa spell to make objects fly!
Each Zein camp offers many opportunities for children to make delicious, healthy treats (using organic ingredients!). However, whilst kids are mixing, pouring and getting a little bit messy, they are also learning to problem solve and how the food we eat is made!
As we come to the end of the first week of camp, we thank our experienced child care professionals who make the camps such fun for Zein children. Our staff make children feel at home whilst ensuring their wellbeing by following the Health and Safety Policy which will always meet, and at times even exceed, the guidelines issued by the government and childcare sector. For the latest version of our Health & Safety Protocol, please click here.
It's not too late to register, and there's so much more to look forward to’ - enrol your child for Spring Camps here!
Happy Spring Holidays! We hope your family have a wonderful rest this Spring Holiday and enjoy time together.
At Zein, we love the outdoors. Every day we enjoy going outside to play in our natural gardens with age-appropriate and themed areas to encourage imaginative play. So why not take to the great outdoors this weekend. Here are some fun activity ideas you can enjoy as a family:
- Go into your garden or to a local park and try to spot at least three signs that spring is here! Take photos, draw them or chat about what you have seen.
- Try our Family Nature Trail for a bit of outdoor fun in the sun!
- For budding photographers, try our photography challenge and ensure all photos are taken outside. Compare your photos when you get home and create a photo exhibition.
- Create a Spring treasure hunt in your garden and hide treasures for the kids - and adults - to find. Compete to see how many you can find, but here's the twist: whoever finds the most gets to share them with everybody else.
- Outdoor movie screening! The cinema may be closed, but you can create an outdoor cinema in your garden. Set up a screen with comfy seats and cosy blankets, make some healthy snacks together and then you can enjoy your family's favourite film!
We are excited to enjoy the sun this weekend and can't wait to hear about your adventures when you return to Zein!
At Zein, we offer a safe, homely environment for our community. When children feel a sense of security and belonging they thrive; creating this environment is especially important when the world around them reflects a sense of anxiety.
As Zein continues welcoming children into our locations, we would like to reinforce that the safeguarding and wellbeing of children in our care is our priority. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a stable environment where children feel, as always, at home away from home. Our teachers and staff are working within clear health and safety guidelines which safeguard the health and hygiene of the entire Zein community. To view Zein’s Health & Safety policy, please click this link.
We thank you for your continued participation and contribution as parents to guarantee Zein remains a safe space for all.
Children from the International Waldorf School will join students from the Lycée Français at The Elms for After School Care and Holiday Camps. Nestled on the edge of Scheveningse Bosjes in the Archipel neighbourhood, The Elms is the perfect leafy and homely location to welcome children to unwind with new and old friends after a day at school. The International Waldorf School of The Hague is a non-profit international primary school with a distinct educational vision that emphasises engagement with societal developments in sustainability, peace, justice, and wellbeing.
“At the International Waldorf School The Hague, children can grow and thrive in peaceful, natural and engaging surroundings. We constantly endeavour to spark and foster the curiosity of our children by encouraging them to marvel at the world, and by immersing them in a diverse and broad curriculum. The rich educational environment at our school enables the children to learn with head, heart and hands. We feel that Zein provides a fitting extension to the Waldorf school day, as they place a similar emphasis on supporting and developing all aspects of the child – the physical, the emotional and the intellectual.” - Niels Schieman, International Waldorf School The Hague.
We are looking forward to supporting the children and families of the International Waldorf School at Zein Out of School Care as they grow and learn.
Imagine being a master chef for a week, cooking delightful dishes with the guidance of a professional chef, being an aspiring athlete coached by sports professionals or a dreamy writer being encouraged to put their stories into writing or art. The 9 themed Summer Camps of Zein International Childcare are designed to spark the imagination of every child – they are in for a week of adventure and fun whilst making new friends along the way.
A new summer
Summer is the time to unwind and have fun. During the school term, Zein’s after school care service provides a worthy extension to the school day, offering a wide range of activities as well as some quiet time to focus on reading or homework. However, during their themed summer day camps, youngsters can relax and just have fun. With everybody still adjusting to a new normal after an unpredictable period, Zein is now even more committed to providing the carefree and relaxing atmosphere that families long for during the holidays.
Professionals in various areas to guide the campers
Whilst planning this year’s summer camps, Zein’s Out of School team took into account that this summer will be a bit different than the ones before. No efforts were spared and a little extra magic has been added to the programme. Although Themed day camps are nothing new to Zein, offering families a choice in programme across a number of state-of-the-art facilities, this year the themes will be run by talented camp leaders who will provide the children with a range of taster activities in their individual area of expertise as they share their passion and talent with the children.
Back by popular demand, Zein’s Master Chef Camp will return this summer, now accompanied by their professional in-house chefs, who will take campers under their wing to explore a world full of smells, colours and taste, all whilst learning about the power of good food. Zein’s qualified sports teachers will not only challenge the campers to develop their sports skills under careful instruction during the Multi-Sports Camp but they will also explain how physical activity benefits the muscles, our overall health and our social skills. One Zein teacher who is also a professional photographer will go above and beyond, teaching campers about the magic of light, movement and capturing moments of joy during Photography Camp.
Whether you want your child to enjoy a summer of fun or need full-day care while you are at work, Zein Summer Camps might be just what you are looking for.
"My five year old just loves the cooking camp! He learns so much, he comes home always wanting to help"
About Zein International Childcare
Unique in its growth in the childcare sector, Zein International Childcare is the leading provider of international childcare services in the Netherlands offering Day Care, Pre-School, After School and Holiday Care across multiple locations in The Hague. Working both independently and in partnership with key international schools, Zein delivers a specially designed, award-winning approach that focuses on the uniqueness of growing up in an internationally oriented environment.
Zein Summer Camps run throughout the summer Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:30 at multiple locations across The Hague. Campers aged 4-12 will enjoy day camps in state-of-the-art locations with spacious in and outdoor facilities.
By carefully following the guidelines issued by, and liaising closely with, the Dutch health authorities (RIVM and GGD) in light of COVID-19, Zein is able to provide the care children need. The Health & Safety Protocol can be read on this website.
Zein's Summer Holiday Camps are off to a flying start! Last week our first Multi-Activity camps started - our campers enjoyed making bird feeders, healthy smoothies and even beaded jewellery!
Summer is a time for relaxation, but also for exploration, sparking joy and building friendships. Zein have 9 themed camps to choose from and there is something for every child.
Multi-Activity Camps offer a fun-packed schedule with at least 5 different daily activities. Each weekly programme includes a range of (outdoor) sports, games, cooking, arts and crafts – ensuring variety and enjoyment for all campers, whatever their interests!
Mad About Science Camp is an engaging and playful introduction into the world of science and technology that will spark campers’ curiosity. From exploring pond life with microscopes to learning water tricks, there’s something new to learn for every scientist-to-be at Zein’s Mad About Science camp.
Children to get to know the world of photography at Photography Camp - from the basic features of a camera to how light impacts the final image. We will capture static & moving objects, reflections & silhouettes, use polaroids and much more. At the end of the week, we will present our very own exposition!
Lights, camera, action! At Performing Arts Camp, campers will learn to express emotions through movement and facial expressions, and play characters using accents and different voices. The perfect camp to stimulate imagination, improve communication and develop performance skills.
Campers will learn to explore their creativity and let their imagination blossom at Storytelling Camp. The activities will nourish campers’ ability to express themselves. From fables and fairytales to puppets and books, this week has it all.
Roll up your sleeves and let’s get cooking, it's time for Master Chefs Camp! All our young chefs will enjoy exploring the world of cooking as they learn different techniques and how to prepare a wide range of meals and snacks from all over the world with all sorts of flavours and healthy ingredients.
Our summer camps run throughout the summer holidays from Monday to Friday, 08:00-18:30, across multiple locations in The Hague. Click here to find out more about our themed camps and to register.
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.
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.
All artists gather round! Last week, we’ve had Arts Camp at The Maples and this week we are running our popular Performing Arts Camp
New found confidence
All children, little and big, enjoyed the wide range of creative, age appropriate activities we’ve had laid out for them. It is truly beautiful to see that during camps like these, children always gain new found confidence as they support each other on group level as well as individual level. And for the campers, the complementing field trips are the icing on the cake!
About our Holiday Camps
Want to know more about our exciting Holiday Camps? We offer themed Summer Camps - including two field trips per week - at multiple Zein locations in The Hague. Click here to learn more about the programme and registration.
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.
About the camps
With the Spring holidays approaching, we share with you our exciting programme of field trips, activity workshops, sports and games that will allow our young explorers (ages 4-6) and great adventurers (ages 7-12) to build their skills and discover new interests during the upcoming holidays. Whether your child is a young creative or an engineer in the making, the full and varied programme will offer something for everyone!
The programme will take place at multiple Zein locations during the Spring Holidays (see camp dates). The Camp Days run on working days – except for the National Holidays such as Easter and King’s Day – from 08:00-18:30, with a minimum 2-day registration. As always, the camps are led by professional and experienced childcare teachers and – whenever relevant – sports instructors and other specialists. Click the links for more information on the activity programme & field trips and to register your child.
And, did you know that our Summer Holiday Camp 2018 Programme is also available? Registration is now open!
The camps run accordingly to the Spring holidays of the international schools:
- The Estate and The Willows (BSN): March 30 – April 16;
- The Elms (French Lycée): April 23 – May 4.
- The Oaks (ISH) and The Maples (ESH): April 30 – May 11;
- The Elms (HSV): April 30 – May 11;
Camps can be booked per block week or per day. Minimum subscription is 2 days. Price includes healthy organic meals and snacks throughout the day, entrance fees and transport for field trips, and all materials and instructions. Click the link for more information on costs and attendance options. Because all Zein locations are registered and fully licensed, working families can claim part of the costs for the camps back via the Dutch Childcare Allowance. The Zein team will be happy to help you apply.
Contact our friendly team on 070-3268263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.