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Summer Camps are off to a Flying Start!

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Monday, July 6, 2020

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.


Seventh location for Zein International Childcare as number of international families in The Hague region continues to grow

Friday, October 4, 2019

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.

Partner Schools
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.

Arts Camp and Performing Arts Camp at The Maples

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Friday, July 27, 2018

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.

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.

This Spring Holiday: Multi-Activity Day Camps by Zein Childcare

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Monday, March 19, 2018

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!

Camp dates
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


Zein at successful Feel at Home Fair 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Snacks and bites
This Sunday the Zein team ran a fun Activity Zone at the successful The Feel at Home Fair in The Hague. Of course, our chefs were also on hand to serve freshly prepared organic chili style puff pastry snacks and apple pie bites - which were a hit with visitors young & old! 

Activity Zone
At our Activity Zone, children enjoyed the magic sand, play dough, and the car and train track. But the face-painting proved to be the most popular amongst the youngsters as the queue got longer by the minute. Our dedicated team answered all questions asked by interested parties and entertained the little ones while doing so.

Feel at Home Fair
With 150 exhibitors, performers, presenters and fundraisers, the Feel at Home Fair provides a special mix of information, animation and entertainment for international families each year.

Our February Holiday Activity Programme

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Multi-Activity Day Camp
During the upcoming February holidays, Zein will be running exciting Multi-Activity Day Camps where Little Explorers (ages 4-6) and Big Adventurers (ages 7-12) can discover new interests and further develop their talents! Run Mon-Fri from 08:00-18:30 across five different The Hague locations, the programme covers the holidays of all Dutch & international schools in the city. 

Field trips included
Whether your child is a little chef or a scientist in the making, there will be a full and varied programme of exciting activity workshops for them to choose from throughout the camp period. All camp days offer a different selection of activities, so your child will be able to try something new every day. The workshop activities of the day will be complemented by a range of (outdoor & indoor) sports and recreational games - all arranged by age group to ensure campers of all ages will have great fun and learn new skills. Each camp week will also include two entertaining field trips! 

More info about the day-to-day programme and for registration:

The Maples Out of School Care Group gives back to local community

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hand-crafted decorations and carol singing
During the holiday season, the children attending The Maples Out of School Care got creative and made some wonderful decorations. Upon completion, they visited a nearby elderly home to bring its residents some festive joy by delivering the hand-crafted decorations and singing beautiful carols!

Giving back
Through the provision of such activities we, as a childcare provider, hope to make a significant contribution to the level of awareness of the importance of giving back among the children. By participating in such activities, the children not only get meet and interact with members of the local community, we also hope they touch people’s hearts and make their day just a bit more special!

Our second group of International Talent

Friday, November 10, 2017

We are proud to welcome the 2nd group of talent to the Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP)!

Reflecting diversity
At Zein we believe that the best way to serve our diverse community is by ensuring that the people working for us reflect the same level of diversity themselves. This approach is about their ability to empathize with the experiences and challenges faced by international mobile children and their families - adding a richness to the care they provide. 

Official accreditation
Via the ITP training scheme, we support well qualified educators or otherwise experienced individuals from other countries in achieving the official level of skill accreditation required by the Dutch authorities through a combination of on the job training and a personal training portfolio. 

Welcome to the Zein professional family ITP team! Find out more about Zein’s International Talent Programme here:


Zein attends IamExpat Fair 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Variety of activities
This Saturday, Zein was delighted to host an activity zone for the international families visiting the IamExpat Fair The Hague 2017! At our Zein stand, visitors not only enjoyed the variety of activities on offer including play dough, fisher tips, castle & train track building and the very popular face painting – they also got to taste the sugar-free banana cake and gluten-free sweet potato cheese bites prepared and served by our own chefs.

IamExpat Fair
At the IamExpat Fair, internationals can find all the services and businesses they need in a single location, learn how to navigate life in the Netherlands by attending free workshops and presentations, and connect with other expats, organisations and members of the international community. The impressive and historic Grote Kerk housed numerous exhibitor stands, workshop venues, lounge areas, food stands and an activity zone for kids – ensuring fun for all ages!