During a recent sunny day some of our after school care children put the sun to good use by using its beams to burn their name into a piece of wood with the help of a magnifying glass.
Following a short introduction on lenses, sunbeams and the dangers of heating the children concentrated really hard to finish their project by pick-up time. Some children took a maginfying glass home with them to show their parents their newly learnt skill and practice some more over the weekend!
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This week we celebrated King’s Day - a national holiday in celebration of the birthday of the King - at a number of our childcare locations. In line with the tradition of this holiday, the children dressed in orange and enjoyed a range of activities with a Dutch theme.
The little ones at our Princess Ariane location in Noordwijk had great fun putting a crown on Maxima’s head – blindfolded – while the After School Care children at Robbie’s Place LSV had a wonderful time painting beautiful... Read More
Every year between April and June the parents of our Day Care children are invited to come in for an Annual Child Progress Meeting. These meetings provide our group leaders with the perfect opportunity to further share Zein's unique pedagogic approach.
During the meeting, the cognitive, physical, social-emotional and creative milestones achieved by their child are discussed and reviewed. It’s wonderful to see how passionate and professional our staff are when sharing a child’s progress with... Read More
This morning we were delighted to welcome the admissions staff from The British School in The Netherlands, The American School of The Hague, de Haagsche Schoolvereeninging and The American International School of Rotterdam!
Following a tour of The Estate location by Founding Directors Jan van der Meijden and Robbie Zein, we sat down for a lovely lunch where we shared with them the latest updates on this summer's camp programme!
As another holiday period comes to an end, we look back on two action-packed weeks of holiday camps. In line with the theme of ‘Construction’, activities included making art constructions, fort crafts, wood art painting and much more... In addition, we also went on field trips to the Gemeente Museum for the 'Karel Appel exhibition and workshop', Planet Jump - a huge trampoline hall - and Villa Zebra, a unique children's museum and art laboratory!
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Great parental lecture this evening from Ruth van Reken - the renowned author of 'Third Culture Kids - Growing Up Among Worlds'. Many insightful anecdotes and practical examples of both the rewards and challenges of bringing your child up in a different country or with mixed cultural influences... Supporting our children through their internationally mobile lives, and helping show them how to make the most out of those experiences, is one of the important roles which Zein International... Read More
This morning we tested our staff’s readiness to respond quickly and effectively in case of an emergency situation by organising a fire drill.
As part of the Zein protocol we plan multiple emergency evacuation exercises per location, per year. Some of these exercises are purposely announced in advance so that the teachers can discuss the exercise ahead of time with the children in circle times and other activity periods to reduce child anxiety - and some are a surprise.
Although it was a cold... Read More
Friday, February 26, 2016
During the February break we ran Multi-Activity & Sports Camps at five different locations in The Hague. The programme put together by our staff allowed the children to choose the type of activity they wanted to do – offering them the chance to try something new and exciting every day!
Activities on offer included Lacrosse, Shadow Play, Creative Crafts, Drawing 3D Hands, Mirror Mosaic, Bambox Workshop, D.I.Y Marble Paper, Dodge Ball and much more… In addition to the workshop activities, we... Read More
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
It was a very special day at Robbie’s Place Day Care as two real firemen visited the location to provide the children with a practical demonstration on the important role the fire department plays in the community.
The excitement was clearly visible on the children's faces when the firemen arrived. After a short presentation the children went outside to practice being firefighters themselves. They climbed into the fire truck, got to touch the equipment and even sprayed water from a real fire... Read More