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.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb thy golden stair!” The Pre-Schoolers at The Estate and the Maples talked about the fairy tale ‘Rapunzel’ last week. Each week, the activities are carefully selected so that it is adequately linked to the monthly theme, which in this case is ‘Fairy Tales From All Over The World'.
Highlights of this week were the Rapunzel role play and our baking day, where the children could braid Rapunzel’s hair with dough and bake it afterwards. Yum! And The Maples Pre-Schoolers dressed up as princesses and princes during the fairy tale theme. Also, they built castles with blocks, decorated Cinderella’s shoe with jewels and glitter, role played the fairy tales and enjoyed lots of cosy moments hearing magical stories from far away castles…
It was all about Father’s Day at our Maples Pre-School. What father would not want a colorfully decorated tie with a loving poem? Our Pre-Schoolers were very proud and did not want to take the tie off at the end of the day :-)
Working on Father's Day present and monthly theme
But not only did they talk about their love for Dad, they also continued with the monthly transport theme. This week the children learned about the fascinating world of submarines. By experimenting with self-made submarines in the water, we quickly figured out what makes them sink or float. What a wonderful week we've had!
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.
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!
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.
We are proud to welcome the 2nd group of talent to the Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP)!
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.
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: www.zeinchildcare.nl/working-zein/international-talent-programme
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.
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!
Today we completed a wonderful first week at our new Pre-School location ‘The Maples’. The excited boys and girls who joined our programme enjoyed many friendship-building activities along with the sunny weather in the location’s beautiful playground.
The handprint activity and the many songs during circle time sparked the children’s interest, and they were proud to present their first library book to their parents. Although there were still a few tears when mum or dad said their goodbyes in the morning, we’re confident the children will soon get used to their new pre-school routine - allowing them to enjoy their mornings at Zein to the fullest!
We wish our preschoolers many happy reading moments at home and we are looking forward to a great year!
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This week the Zein Child Care Group was thrilled to receive the FD Gazelle award – for the second year in a row. The title of FD Gazelle is awarded annually by ‘Het Financieel Dagblad’ to the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands. The much sought after title recognises the success and security of businesses from all sectors, based on a number of financial criteria that have to be met for a minimum of three consecutive years.
Director and Co-Founder Jan van der Meijden was proud to join the award ceremony on 22 November at Theater Amsterdam to receive the award, and to also be named as ‘Best Performing Company in the Care Sector’ in West-Holland. A remarkable accomplishment in a sector which has faced many challenges in recent years. During this time, however, Zein has remained committed to its mission and philosophy, to provide the children in their care with an internationally oriented nurturing learning environment – never compromising on the quality provided and continuously aiming to ‘Set the Standard in International Childcare’. Thankful for the trust of the many parents who selected Zein Childcare for their children, and the staff contributing to the company’s success, the award was celebrated together with parents and staff at a parents’ evening taking place in one of Zein’s locations that same evening.
Picture: Founders Robbie Zein and Jan van der Meijden with the FD Gazelle award.