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POSITIVE Parenting Techniques

Mental Health ISSUES IN

Cayman’s Youth

Brilliant Lunchbox Ideas


Watler family

Catching up with DJ Selecta Renegade, Marketer Danielle and their daughter Blu

Nutrition | Education | Health | Pregnancy | Early Years | School Age & Beyond




Joanna Boxall Charles Grover EDITOR

Nicole Eggleton COPYWRITER

Clare-Louise McGrath SALES & MARKETING

Mahreen Nabi Sean Kelly DESIGN & PRODUCTION

Elyse Sinclair Michelle Pankhurst PROOFREADING

Tasha Locke

EDITOR'S LETTER What a privilege it has been editing this year’s Cayman Parent magazine! The stellar team at Acorn Publishing have surpassed themselves by bringing you our best issue yet. With brilliant new content and a beautiful new design, I’m confident you’ll love it as much as we do!


As a mum of two under-fives, I look forward to raising my kids alongside yours on this wonderful Island over the coming years. I hope this magazine helps you truly make the most of your experience.

Carla Bregani Niall Browne Kary Claybourn Kass Coleman Brenda Dawkins David Dinner Emma Drake Faith Gealey Kate Grayson Andrea Hill Nick Joseph Emma Kendall Josie Hoar Georgie Loxton Dr. Jasmina Marinova Dr. Melissa Mascaro Andrew McCartney Christopher Murray Lisa Reid Laura Ribbins Dr. Annette Stephenson Laura Thomas Lindsay Thompson Andrew Vincent Dr. Chris Vuorenmaa Dr. Sara Watkin

Have fun, and happy parenting!


Nicole Eggleton

Lucy Beighton | Creations Unlimited Julie Corsetti | Deep Blue Images Rebecca Davidson Photography Daria Keenan Lisa Reid | Picture This

Anyone who cares for children today is bombarded with a huge range of conflicting advice and impossible parenting goals. This magazine – and the Cayman Parent website – cut through the debate with smart ideas for all of Cayman’s parents and caregivers. These resources are not intended as a checklist for perfect parenting; rather to arm you with the information you need to make the best choices for your family and to make life just that little bit easier. If you’re struggling to deal with recalcitrant teens, or are worried about the mental health of your children, we have a wealth of practical information to keep you on track whilst nurturing positive relationships with your kids. But if you’re just starting out on your parenting journey, let us help you navigate the exciting but confusing world of pregnancy, birth and the early years of your child’s life. With low-cost and free activities for children of all ages, you’ll find great ideas for every day of the week. And a number of hacks to help you cut a few corners along the way. Washing dirty Crocs in the dishwasher? Yes, yes, yes! Cayman Parent has been my baby this last year whilst the usual Editor, the talented Jessica Wright, has been taking time off to welcome her own new baby into the world. Now she’s back at the helm, I know she would love to hear from you with any feedback or suggestions on how to make next year’s magazine even better. Email jessica@acorn.ky to get in touch.

PS. Do visit www.caymanparent.com for the latest family events, and lots of extra advice and information that we couldn’t cram into these pages. Acorn Publishing Co Ltd. PO Box 31403, Grand Cayman KY1-1206, Tel: (345) 946 3200 Email: info@acorn.ky, www.acorn.ky. Cayman Parent is published annually in September. Complimentary copies can be found throughout the Island. The information can also be found at www.caymanparent.com. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic or mechanical, including photography and recording without the prior consent of the publisher. While every effort has been taken to provide information that is accurate as possible, the publishers and respective contributors and researchers do not accept any responsibility for injury, loss or damage occasioned to any person as a result of material in this book.


COVER Photography by Rebecca Davidson Shoot location courtesy of Tillie's Restaurant, with thanks.

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Danielle, John, Blu and Story Watler, The Alex Panton Foundation, Kevin Ashworth, Dr. Catherine Day, Dr. Laurence van Hanswijck de Jonge, Dr. Erica Lam, Charmaine Miller, Felicia McLean, Michael Myles, Shari Smith, Ruth Webster and Chloe Williams.


What do you consider the best thing

KARY CLAYBOURN “Cayman's cultural, eclectic, colourful and safe environment, as well as the beauty of the nature around us, plus the kindness and love we receive from all our friends here make parenting an enjoyable and exciting adventure every day.” Kary was born and raised in England and worked in the residential and commercial property industry in both London and Hong Kong for 15 years before she and her family moved to Cayman in 2013. Kary has been an Associate at Blue Point Consultants Ltd since 2015. She and her husband Paul have three children.

BRENDA DAWKINS “Families are often willing to preserve the rich cultural heritage and values of the Cayman Islands, yet are open-minded enough to strengthen their parenting skills to better the lives of their children.” Brenda was born in Jamaica and moved to the Cayman Islands in 1994. She has worked with families her entire life, mentoring, guiding and supporting church, community and schools. She is currently on secondment with the Early Childhood Unit as a Parent Advisor supporting Early Learning Centres and families.

DR CATHERINE DAY “Raising my children in a diverse community, with an outdoor lifestyle, and having no commute so we can all get home and reconnect after school and work.” Dr. Day is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with a wealth of skills and experience, specialising in disability and neurodiversity, complex/developmental trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, post-natal mental wellbeing in both parents and infants, attachment issues, children in care, and family adjustment.

DR LAURENCE “Cayman is a tightly-knit community, rooted in strong values and an intrinsic appreciation of nature. Watching our kids’ love grow for all things above and below the water is priceless.” Dr. Laurence van Hanswijck de Jonge is a Clinical Psychologist with an MSc in Neuropsychology and Ph.D. in Psychology. Originally from Switzerland, she has 20+ years of experience in the area of Child Psychology rooted in Positive Psychology and a belief in the importance of letting children flourish through building on their innate strengths.

NICK JOSEPH “The opportunity for adventure and discovery in the ultimate of playgrounds.” Admitted as a Cayman Islands Attorney at Law in 1997 and a partner at HSM Chambers, Nick leads the firm’s Cayman Business Team and specialises in immigration and licensing matters relating to the acquisition and maintenance of residence in the Cayman Islands, and the regulation of employment of foreign nationals.


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about Parenting in Cayman?

DARIA KEENAN “The best thing about parenting in Grand Cayman is enjoying the 'endless summer' and spontaneity all year round! When school is out we can grab an ice cream and then head to the beach on a random weekday.” Daria is an award-winning family and newborn portrait photographer in Grand Cayman. She once had a thriving career in HR but traded the heels for flip flops when she moved to the Island in 2013. When she’s not capturing memories for her clients, she’s creating them with her own family on the shores of Seven Mile Beach.

DR JASMINA MARINOVA “As a busy paediatrician (and parent!), I am struck by two things; how happy children are and how happily they play outside and share with any and all other children.” Dr Marinova holds a special interest in neonatal medicine. She trained in Europe before spending 15 years in the United Kingdom, including time at the worldrenowned John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, before moving to Cayman in 2017 and joining Integra Healthcare Ltd. She is passionate about helping children thrive.

ANDREW McCARTNEY “As the old saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and the best thing about Cayman is the opportunity to raise children in a community where we can still depend on our fellow villagers for support.” Andrew McCartney is the Managing Director for RBC Dominion Securities. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Investment Manager. He has three children who were born and raised in Grand Cayman.

MICHAEL MYLES “As the world stays extremely busy and oftentimes dangerous, the Cayman Islands remains relatively calm, tranquil and safe. This provides parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their children in a community that still consider itself a village.” Michael has worked in social development for the past 27 years, addressing issues related to family, youth and community. He was awarded a four-year football scholarship to Lindsay Wilson College where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services in 1991-1995.

LISA REID “The safety and simplicity of life in the Cayman Islands reminds me of how I grew up. I couldn’t think of a better place to raise my children, where quality time is spent outdoors and life lessons are learned in a safe and happy environment.” Lisa was born in Germany. After spending the majority of her adult life in South Africa, her husband’s career brought their family to the Island in 2018. Lisa works as a professional photographer at Picture This Studios. When she is not photographing families, you can find her on the beach running with or after her two boys and dogs. www.caymanparent.com


TABLE of Contents 2020 FIRST WORD


Meet the Watlers p10 | Mental Health Issues in Cayman's Teens p16 | Travelling with Kids p22 | Life After Loss p24 | Getting the Best Pics of Your Kids p30 |



Building Brilliant Lunchboxes p34 | Super Lunchbox Recipes p36 | Weekday Meal Planning p38 | Entertaining Children with Allergies p40 | Nutrition Q&As p42 | Eating for School Success p44 | Top Nosh Family Dining p46 | Fussy Eating 101 p48 | Nutrition Book Club p50 | 10 Food Hacks p51 | The Listings p52 |



How to Choose a Preschool p54 | How to Encourage a Love of Reading p56 | Schooling in Cayman p58 | Home Schooling in Cayman p64 | Tutoring in Cayman p66 | Education Q&As p68 | Boarding Schools p70 | Ask a Student p76 | A Successful Approach to Scholarship Strategy P77 | Saving for College Fees p82 | Applying to Overseas Universities p84 | Local Colleges & Universities p88 | Trade & Vocational Training Courses p90 | Education Book Club p93 | 10 Learning Hacks p94 | The Listings p95 |



10 Common Childhood Illnesses p110 | Swimming Safety p114 | Identifying Learning, Behavioural & Cognitive Issues p116 | Sun Safety for Kids p120 | Doctor's Q&As p122 | Dental Care for Children P124 | Health Insurance for Kids P126 | Getting Immunisations Right P128 | Do You See What 'Eye' See? P130 | Family Fitness p131 | Health Book Club p132 | 10 Health & Wellbeing Hacks p133 | The Listings p135 |



Finding a Family Home p146 | Applying for a Passport p148 | The Logistics of Hiring a Helper or Nanny p149 | Immigration Rules for Kids p150 | Getting Divorced in Cayman p154 | Writing a Will p156 | Bank Accounts for Children p158 | Adopting a Pet in Cayman p160 | Hurricane Checklist p162 | Essentials Book Club p163 | 10 Family Life Hacks p164 | The Listings p165 |


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Fertility Options in Cayman p168 | Exercising for Two p170 | Top Tips for Dressing Your Bump p172 | Preparing for Birth & Beyond p173 | Stocking the Nursery p174 | Pregnancy Q&As p176 | The Costs of Having a Baby On-Island p178 | OB/GYNS, Midwives & Hospitals in Grand Cayman p180 | Hospital Bag Essentials p182 | Newborn Complications p183 | The Importance of Well-Child Checks P184 | Pregnancy Book Club p185 | 10 Pregnancy Hacks p186 | The Listings p187 |



Childcare Choices: Nanny or No Nanny? p190 | Early Literacy Skills for Preschoolers p192 | Childproofing Your Home & Pool p195 | Early Years Q&As p196 | 30 Fun Free Things To Do p198 | Parks & Playgrounds p200 | Weekly Activities for 0-5 Year Olds p202 | Early Years Book Club p203 | 10 Toddler Hacks p204 | The Listings p205 |



Keeping Cayman Kind: How to Spot & Stop Bullying p208 | App Safety for Kids p212 | Winning the Homework Battle p214 | The Gift of Giving: Volunteering in Cayman p216 | School Age Q&As p218 | The Perfect Party Checklist p220 | The Party Marketplace p223 | After-School Classes & Activities p224 | Getting the Most Out of Your Library p226 | Raising Children with Faith p228 | School Age Book Club p229 | 10 Hacks for Schoolies p230 | The Listings p231 |



Positive Parenting Techniques p242 | Teen Sports & Injuries p245 | Low Cost & Free Activities for Adolescents p246 | The Boyz 2 Men Programme p248 | Adolescence Q&As p250 | Getting a Head Start with Your Savings p252 | The Importance of Internships p254 | Interview Tips p255 | Learning to Drive & Rules of the Road p256 | Having 'The Talk' p258 | Adolescence Book Club p259 | 10 Hacks for Parenting Teens p260 | The Listings p261 |




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Meet the Watlers, family travel tips, teen mental health, getting the perfect picture and more...


Meet the Watlers p10 | Mental Health Problems in Cayman's Teens p16 | Travelling with Kids p22 | Life After Loss p24 | Getting the Best Pics of Your Kids p30 www.caymanparent.com



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Photos in this section taken by Rebecca Davidson

Full of a vibrant, youthful energy, Danielle and John Watler make the rules up as they go, creating their own unique brand of happiness and redefining family life along the way. – Clare-Louise McGrath

Well-known on the Island for their individual talents and successes – Danielle is a fashion designer and owner of local marketing agency Out of the Blu, John is an internationally recognised DJ who coowns the hip-hop and R&B radio station Star 92.7 – their personal and professional undertakings are guided by a mutual belief in the simple philosophy of ‘just doing what feels right’. Growing Up

For Danielle, discovering what felt right took some time. Hailing from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, Danielle grew up ‘a country girl’. The daughter of a prominent local family at the heart of a close-knit community, there was always a neighbour’s door she could knock on or a friend ready to play with.

Her father, a hard-working businessman, wore many hats. The owner of a tyre re-treading company, he also sold coconuts from the family’s coconut farm, hosted a local radio talk show and commentated on horse races. His number one priority was always making sure that the family was provided for, while Danielle’s mother, spunky and well-loved within the community, devoted herself to keeping her house and children in check. Growing up, Danielle followed in her brothers’ footsteps,


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moving to Tampa to pursue a Mass Communications degree with a specialisation in Advertising and Marketing from the University of South Florida. Whilst this decision was made with some uncertainty over where her interests lay, it was a natural fit for her as a determined creative and her passions began to take shape. John, on the other hand, who grew up in Cayman, recognised his love for music from a young age. His late father embraced very traditional ideals – a handyman who farmed, fished and worked on cars, he was vocal about which careers he thought were suitable for his children to pursue and, for John, that was working in the Civil Service. “You still doing that music thing?”, John’s dad would ask. But despite not always seeing eye-toeye on John’s chosen career path, ultimately he respected John’s desire to forge his own way. His mother was, and still

Photo by David Goddard

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is, his biggest support system and has always championed John and his brother Perry; “she’s been with me every step of the way”, John explains, “and she has really taught me the value of patience”.

From A to B

Patience has been key for John in his demanding and competitive line of work. At the age of 18, John made his first leap into the music industry, launching ‘Renegade Disco’ with a small group of friends. On weekends they would drive around the Island from event to event, hauling their DJ and sound equipment to each location, “bringing the music everybody loved”, John says. While the late nights that were part and parcel of working the party scene might have bothered John’s parents, they also recognised that working kept him out of trouble at an age when other kids were actively seeking it out.

John continued DJing and building up his reputation locally. After dominating Cayman’s music scene, where he was regularly booked to perform at bars and the Island’s club, Bobo’s Iguanas, five nights a week, John set his sights on the Dancehall scene in Miami. He was determined to make an international name for himself as Selecta Renegade. He started booking gigs across Florida and the Caribbean and DJing for high-profile events, including the official MTV Video Music Awards After-Parties. His success, which was the result of hard work and perseverance, humbled John: “I recognised my role as something of a trailblazer for young local musicians in Cayman”, and it was a responsibility he took seriously. It was during his international DJing days where his and Danielle’s paths crossed; she was a follower of the regional Dancehall music scene and often frequented events and concerts. A relationship that spanned between Florida and Jamaica has given way to over a decade of constant love and support, five happy years of marriage and a growing family.

Catching Life’s Curveballs

Despite an easy first pregnancy, Danielle and John lived every parent’s worst nightmare when shortly after birth, their firstborn daughter, Blu, showed symptoms of a near-fatal case of jaundice. That first night, when Blu was kept separately in the Intensive Care Unit, was their hardest night together as parents thus far, the couple shares. Though Blu recovered, it was a transformative moment for the couple and “the first time there was something we shared that was bigger than the both of us”, Danielle recalls. After an opportunity arose for John to start up his own radio station on the Island, the couple relocated to Cayman in January 2012. In the midst of their big move, Danielle’s parents separated after 30 years of marriage, and Danielle was left grappling with what ‘home’ now meant to her. March of the same year, life threw the couple another curveball


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when Danielle’s mother was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. Being a new mother and caring for her own sick mother was a juggling act and it meant frequent trips back and forth between Jamaica and Cayman as she helped raise enough money, with the support of their local community, to cover the costs of her mother’s medical bills. Thankfully the medical care Danielle’s mother received did its job, and she has since been cancer-free, but at the time the experience turned Danielle’s life upside down. Upon first moving to Cayman, Danielle and John moved into his family home where they were living alongside John’s mother. While Danielle has a great relationship with John’s mother, and is endlessly appreciative of the home being made open to her and her family during this time, she admits putting down roots felt difficult in a temporary and somewhat unconventional living arrangement. Between moving to a new country where she knew no one other than John and his family, and adapting to her new role of mother, “I forgot who I was – I was lost”, Danielle says. She was being referred to locally as ‘Mrs. Renegade’, yet she knew that wasn’t all she had to offer. “I wanted Blu to grow up to be the best version of herself, and to show her you can be a mother and still chase your dreams”. So she laid the groundwork for doing just that. Dubbing 2017 her ‘year of saying yes’, she dove right in. The moment Danielle began trusting her abilities, the opportunities started presenting themselves. She left her job of five years at the National Trust and launched her own full-service marketing agency, Out of the Blu, named for the personal growth Danielle has experienced since becoming a mother. The company has implemented a slew of successful marketing strategies for a varied portfolio of local companies. Danielle and John also took a leap together, as business partners, combining their creative talents and shared love for Caribbean music to establish their own Cayman Carnival band, Renegade Mas. In the midst of these professional strides, Danielle reconnected with her spirituality, which has been an empowering move that has guided her through times of uncertainty. Faith now plays a prominent role in her life and she and her daughter attend weekly services at the Savannah United Church. Life’s challenges have always served to strengthen the couple, pushing them to become better individuals every single year. Danielle feels that with each hurdle conquered, she and John are growing into the people, partners and parents that they are supposed to be.

Family First

Given the nature of the industries that they’re in, Danielle and John’s schedules can often be unpredictable at best, but no matter what else is going on, family is always at the forefront. “As a family, we show up”, Danielle says. “There was a moment a few years ago when I felt burnt out”,

He has since adjusted his schedule. His mornings are dedicated to hosting Star 92.7’s Morning Show so that his afternoons can be kept open for helping Danielle with her company and picking Blu up from school and dropping her off to dance classes. He never misses her dance recitals. “I try to do as much as I can for the people who matter to me most because I know time is not promised to anyone”. When asked about their parenting style, Danielle and John both agree communication is key in their household. As a family they sit down and talk things through: what’s good and what can be worked on. When everyone feels like they have a voice that’s being heard, you’re more willing to listen. But Danielle and John are still learning as they go and Blu teaches them something new every day. “Blu is always so

quick to apologise. She reminds us of the importance in owning up to your mistakes”. With the recent birth of Story, their second daughter, in April 2019, they anticipate a few more lessons are coming their way!


John confesses, “and I needed some direction”. He picked the brains of his trusted mentors; when asked what their biggest regret was, each said it was not making enough time for family. As a young DJ, working long nights and being booked out every weekend was a sign that you had made it, but now, as a father, John measures his success differently.

Blu, who is seven years old and attends Montessori-bythe-Sea, says her favourite thing about her parents is how much time they spend with her. “We paint, colour and draw together”, she says, and occasionally John even brings her on the Morning Show! When asked how she felt about becoming a big sister, she said she was excited to have one more family member to play with. Even with their all-hands-on-deck approach to parenting, it takes a village to raise a child and Danielle and John consider themselves blessed to have had lots of support and helping hands along the way. Carol, their nanny, helps with keeping everything running smoothly at home. “She’s part of the family and I don’t know what we’d do without her”, Danielle says. John’s mother, Maureen, also plays an important role in their lives and every Saturday Blu has sleepovers at her house. “We play bingo together”, Blu happily shares.

Life with Two... Danielle and John welcomed their second-born, Story, into this world on the 1st of April, 2019. We asked them how their every-day lives have changed since becoming parents of two.

On getting enough sleep…

"We are always chasing sleep!"

On date night …

"When Blu goes to her grandmother on Saturday evenings, that would normally be our time to do whatever we would like. Now we have to think about Story, so we have instead turned Saturdays into our Netflix evening, where we binge watch our latest show with a glass of wine."

On helping hands…

"We rely on Carol (Blu’s Nanny) to get Blu ready for school and out the door most mornings. That used to be Danielle's responsibility, but we find that’s the hour she's either nursing or just getting the opportunity to rest. We know this particular change won’t last forever and we're looking forward to getting a handle on our morning routine again."

On how their first-born is adjusting …

"Blu is super protective of Story. She’s the first to tell you to be quiet if her sister is sleeping! That said, we try to take Blu out for a date with just the three of us every once in a while so she can get some individual attention like the old times."




The couple also do their part to ensure that they are making quality time for each other. No matter how hectic home life gets, Danielle and John will always squeeze in a weekly date night. “We want our children to grow up seeing their parents show love towards each other, and to know that’s an important part of a healthy marriage”.

Tossing Out the Rulebook

For Danielle, her marketing background means she’s naturally a planner, however one thing parenting has shown her is that things never quite work out how you expect them to. “You make the rules up as you go along. You might not always have the training or the knowledge required, but you know your child and you just go with it”, Danielle explains.

Danielle and John don’t have the secret to achieving the perfect family balancing act, and they’re not interested in fitting the mould. “We’re not cookie cutter by any means but we’re growing and learning every day”, Danielle says. “We’re an unconventional family just now, bit by bit, becoming conventional”. But with all the love, support and happiness that’s visible between the members of the Watler family, it’s clear they’ve struck a balance that works for them.

Quick Q&A How would you describe each other as parents? John: Danielle is the caring worrier. I would say I am the protector and fun one. Danielle: John is very reliable and hands-on. He always puts family first and knows the importance of showing up for every occasion. I’m the manager of the overall household – the glue that holds everything together! Growing up, who inspired you the most? John: My mother. She has always given me more than what she had and always supported me and my brother's goals and dreams. It is great to see her now do this with her grandkids. Danielle: My father. I loved his promise of an adventure, love for the outdoors, and simple nature. He taught me to be a risk-taker and to never show fear. He always had a way with words whether written or verbal. The kind of man that brings gifts that bear on trees (bananas, breadfruit) rather than those you buy in the store. What happy memory will you cherish forever? John: Growing up I would have to say my family’s summer travels to Disney. Probably why I keep taking my kids there. In my marriage, the day my daughters came home from the hospital.


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Danielle: As a child, spending time on my Dad’s farm or in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica where I grew up. Since becoming a parent it was when I first laid eyes on both our children.

What amazes you the most about the generation of children growing up in Cayman today?

John: Kids are so receptive. They pick up information super-fast. The bad: being too caught up in social media and what people think. They let it define them. Danielle: Generally, how tech-savvy and advanced children are! Specifically in Cayman, children are being introduced to environmental issues and charity opportunities much more than I ever was as a child. They are being taught, in fun and creative ways, how to take better care of their surroundings, the importance of recycling and about raising funds for those less fortunate.

Do you have any advice for other parents?

John: Patience is key, always choose love over any other emotions. Danielle: Surround yourself with friends who share or understand the responsibilities and sacrifices that come with being married and raising a family. It can be very easy to get distracted and lose a sense of priority and perspective if you do not have a strong support system in your corner.


Mental Health Problems in Cayman's Teens

When Alex Panton passed away from suicide at the age of 16, his mother, Jane Panton, set out to change the culture surrounding mental health in Cayman. She soon realised that a staggering number of students suffered from similar symptoms of anxiety and depression. A 2018 study by the National Drug Council found that one-third of Caymanian students in Grades 9-12 had reported considering suicide, with 13% attempting to take their own life; of this number, only 5% claimed to have sought medical help.

The National Drug Council (NDC) concluded that one in every ten children and adolescents on-Island are affected by mental health issues. These are daunting numbers, but Cayman has various avenues to get the teens of Cayman fighting fit. In recent years, medical experts, educational professionals, community organisations and stigma-fighting parents have been making strides to help change the way the community deals with mental health.

Cayman’s Mental Health Crisis - The Causes

The field of mental health and the understanding of mental health conditions has come a long way since 1952, when the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published by the American Psychiatric Association. Medical professionals, such as Dr. Laurence from KidsAbility, stress that finding the root of behavioural problems in children and adolescents is tremendously important for creating their treatment path. We shouldn’t just label a child as a ‘bad kid’, she says, but realise that there are usually many factors that cause individuals to express symptoms of mental health problems. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Chelsea Walton expands on this by adding that there might well be something going on in the child’s home environment, such as problems with the interactions between the child and their caregiver. Speaking to a mental health professional can help to identify the patterns and things contributing to the child’s difficult behaviour.


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The most common conditions that Dr. Laurence sees in adolescents are self-harming, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, all of which are maladaptive coping mechanisms stemming from an inability to appropriately deal with stressors. As a specific example, eating disorders often start from an underlying need to feel in control of something. Dr. Laurence explains how parenting and familial structure can play into this; there is a push and pull between the teen’s need to develop their identity and the parent’s innate impulse to hold on. Most of the time parents have the right intentions, however, in their attempt to do what is best for their child they can often over-parent, do too much for the child and not let them learn through trial and error, ultimately hampering their child’s own sense of self-efficacy. When a child feels they have lost control and cannot cope this can lead to a host of difficulties. Dr. Laurence uses the imagery of a tightrope walker to explain this parenting scenario: children must learn to walk the tightrope of life alone, with parents acting as the net below them. If they fall, pick them up and put them back on course, but don’t hold their hand through all of it. If you hold their hand the child will be safe, but they will not develop the vitally important self-belief that they can cope on their own. Left to walk on their own, children will stumble — they always do — but eventually they will become self-reliant and be able to navigate the world with confidence and resilience. They will make their own decisions

Dr. Laurence agrees with the importance of early detection. It is easier, she says, to address the root of the issue when children are young, rather than fight years of symptom manifestations later on. Mental Health America also stresses this stance, making the policy statement that they support universal screening for potential mental health problems under the same timeline as long-mandated physical screenings, such as vision and hearing. Identifying and treating symptoms at an early age could off-set thousands of school children’s trajectories, leading to meaningful and productive lives. If you are interested in obtaining a confidential screening for your child, you can find a list of local professionals on page 20. Of course there are many other issues that are causing teens to have anxiety and depression, including the economic instability of many families in Cayman; single-parent homes where a healthy role model is absent; relationship instability and the breakdown of the family unit due to divorce or fighting; and mental health issues due to a parent abusing drugs or alcohol. Many family units also have challenges stemming from intercultural and intergenerational traditions, such as giving female children too much responsibility at a young age to cook, clean and help raise siblings. Other parents simply do not know how to parent properly as they were never parented properly themselves. Dr. Walton believes that most parents are doing the best they can with the skills that they already have, however, she could not stress enough the importance of parents dedicating time to just being with their children, without questioning or commanding. If parents would just pay positive attention to their children, and an active interest in their children’s hobbies/lives, then children would feel safe expressing themselves and confiding in their parents. She closes by adding that there are numerous books and resources online where parents can learn the skills needed to help them communicate their love and appreciation to their child. Parents cannot, however, always be there to stop the outside factors, such as online bullying and toxic social media use, from hurting their children. Kary Claybourn, a local mum of three, believes that social media can be dangerous, especially because kids as young as 10 years old often now have Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Claybourn expands upon this by saying “the social aspects of being a teen can be more challenging that the academic side”. Obvious examples include cyberbullying, which can be a very real threat. For example, a

teen could post an ugly picture of an animal and say that it looks like a particular child in the class. This will get lots of laughs from other students but be devastatingly painful to the child being targeted. Or the attack can be more insidious; a real example is one teen purposefully leaving someone out of a social media chat, or an upcoming event, but making sure that the excluded child hears about it. The message that the excluded child gets is that they are not good enough and they are not liked by their peers; a devastating thing for a child to contemplate.


and their own mistakes, and they will learn that they can pick themselves up, dust themselves off and keep going. This new found self-governance will often bring them a sense of control that could have otherwise manifested into unhealthy behaviours. That autonomy and development of identity is something to strive for even in the early assessment of children. Mr. Myles, Dean of Students at Hope Academy and former social worker, believes that screening for mental health issues should accompany primary school physicals. His opinion stems from a frustration at the lack of access to affordable mental health services (behavioural therapy sessions often begin at CI$150-$200 per hour) – especially at public schools.

Dr. Laurence explains that it is very important to help children understand how social media portrays an unrealistic reality, and that there are both predators and bullies online. Through her lecture series, and counselling, she teaches children how to decipher unhealthy online content, develop self-reliance, and learn both resilience and coping mechanisms. She adds that increasing a child’s self-esteem and self-efficacy creates a protective resiliency layer; we can’t stop them from coming into contact with negativity, but we can increase their resilience to not be beaten down by it. The Alex Panton Foundation (APF) is also actively working in this area. They have started a free social-emotional wellbeing programme in schools for children. They have partnered with Partnership for Children (PfC) which is a UK based non-profit organisation that creates school programmes for children to help them develop skills to communicate effectively, cope with anxieties and difficulties, and foster their mental health. The programme covers important topics such as feelings, communication, friendship, conflict, change and loss and moving forward/coping skills. Dr. Erica Lam, Clinical Consultant and Board member of the APF, said, “It is easier to build healthy and resilient children for our future, than to repair broken adults”. For more information on this programme and to get it in your child's school, please email: zippy@alexpantonfoundation.ky. Dr. Walton encourages parents to increase the amount of socialisation that a child gets outside of social media by involving them in extra-curricular activities and encouraging their interest in the offline world. Involvement in sports or the arts can also help them to gain a sense of mastery over a skill and boost their self-esteem. It’s also an opportunity to build peer relationships amongst those with similar interests. Claybourn adds that it is vital to create and maintain an open relationship with your children, as well as with other parents, in order to foster change and bring awareness to teen mental health. The conversation can’t end there, as anxiety and depression can often be evidence of something beyond online use. In the National Drug Council's survey of 2018, they found that 60% of students had witnessed violence and aggression. 38% of this violence took place at home; a rate they found correlated directly to rates of bullying and weapon carrying in Cayman's schools. The impact of that in the community was reported to be huge: 54% of young people in Cayman claimed they had experienced bullying.




What is Being Done?

To help break this cycle, Dr. Erica Lam and Dr. Catherine Day founded Aspire Therapeutic Services in George Town, Grand Cayman. Their clinic specialises in the assessment of, and intervention for, people who have suffered some form of trauma. This includes people who have a disability (whether intellectual or genetic) or neurodiversity. They strongly believe that neurological differences should be recognised and respected as with any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others. They assess the child, work out what the intervention must be, and their approach always involves navigating any concerns and challenges in the child-parent relationship. They don't just put a band-aid over the problem.

(DCFS) is essential to help break free from this criminalised cycle of behaviour. In fact, it is mandated by law that any abuse suspected or witnessed by youth serving organisations must be reported. If you have a lead or a referral to make, please contact MASH directly at MASH@gov.ky or (345) 949 0290. In all emergency situations please call 911 for assistance. The TAYA Lounge in George Town is also attempting to curb the mental health effects of trauma. Working to eliminate the stigma around teen mental health and create a safe space for Caymanian adolescents, the TAYA’s Lounge hosts individuals for the night (approx. 20 per night) that do not feel safe in their own home, and runs a two-year programme for 60 children to foster healthy relationships and build life skills. The majority of those individuals are victims of bullying or domestic violence, or have lost a loved one. Located in Crown Square just off Easter Avenue, a young person can either just drop in (they open at 3pm each afternoon) or call Natalie Baldwin, Director of Taya Lounge, on (345) 914 2721. Natalie, who also works for the Cayman Crisis Centre, says that they strive to give responsibility and respect to all those they encounter through a stigma-free zone in both organisations. Luckily, she isn’t the only one working towards this goal. Other organisations such as The Alex Panton Foundation and the Loud Silent Voices group (Tel: (345) 922 3847), to name a few, share this approach.

Michael Myles from Hope Academy was a social worker for many years and saw the importance of this first hand. All three experts agree that this is a key factor in adolescent mental health and that without looking into the root cause of the problem, you cannot stop the rotating cycle of mental health problems which pass from one generation to the next. Abuse and neglect can also manifest into addictions and lead to criminalised behaviour, creating a near-impossible cycle to break. In order to foster a ‘working together’ approach to child safeguarding in general, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Family Support Unit (FSU) and the Department of Children and Family Services opened the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Established in March 2017, the group aims to understand the extent to which childhood suffering and adult criminality go hand-in-hand in Cayman. Inspector Kevin Ashworth, the FSU Manager, explains that when individuals have or are experiencing abuse, they often experiment with or resort to drugs in order to suppress the subsequent feelings of anxiety and depression, which often leads to arrests. Reporting any abuse (emotional, sexual, physical, neglect, etc.) to the Department of Children and Family Services


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Dr. Marc Lockhart, a Board Certified Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Associates Cayman (BHAC) and Chairman of the Cayman Islands Mental Health Commission, is working to promote those same values in the public sphere. His most recent incentive for this comes from a 2018 report noting that the number of adolescent mental health cases has increased by 30%. “We’re seeing it across all age groups”, he said, “but the demographic most affected is youth and adolescents. The number of completed suicides is up; we are seeing large numbers of [intentional] overdose cases. Numbers of self-harm cases are increasing”. These statistics have only added fuel to his case that a dedicated mental health facility is needed on-Island: with only eight beds, the mental health unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital is running at capacity and is not designed to treat children. The government has approved plans to build a dedicated 54-bed mental health facility in East End, but due to the cost of construction, the project has yet to get off the ground. The Mental Health Commission has recently reported that the bidding process for the new facility has re-commenced and that the process is again moving forward. As Dr. Lockhart said in June 2019, “Everyone is still on board; the money is still there in the budget, not just for the project, but the operations as well”.

Mental Health in Schools

Cayman needs a new mental health facility, but we also need a much more supportive mental health curriculum in our private and public schools.

Private schools are often resistant to opening up their doors to those they consider ‘problem children’. And in the public schools, class sizes can be up to 28 people. With only one teacher instructing a class with up to six to eight students in that class experiencing academic challenges and/or emotional, behavioural or mental disorders, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to distribute appropriate attention. Often, these children are side-lined, and the lack of focus and attention then leads to more problematic behaviour.

Green Shoots of Change

The newly founded Education Council have clearly seen that there is a need for change. As of September 2019, all government primary school classes will have one teacher and one teaching assistant; if properly qualified, these assistants will be a huge help. Also, the power of hiring (and firing) teachers will be removed from the Department of Education, who have been routinely accused of hiring too late and then doing a blanket hire of teachers without regard to the grade or school that they are needed for. The government have also set up the Office of Education Standards, who have the task of inspecting every single school in Cayman at least once every two years. These reports, which are freely available online, clearly lay out the positives and negatives in each school, and have offered parents and stakeholders a clear look at what the issues are and what needs to be done. So there is change afoot, not just in schools, but also in the community as a whole. In an attempt to offer support to those kids in need, and counteract the lack of support in the family social structure, Christopher Murray founded the programme ‘Boyz 2 Men’ in 2009. The programme pairs Year 11 boys with volunteer male mentors in order to establish a strong role model in their lives. Ten years later, his programme is still going strong and has made huge changes to many young men’s lives. His aim has always been to allow an open discussion on what it means to be a “kind, gentle, honest and forgiving man who contributes to his family”. He feels that having a role model that exemplifies these values is the crux of the learning. More information on his programme is available on page 246. Having good role models and sharing the core values of caring, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, responsibility and faith was what inspired Dr. Randy Von Kanel, pastor of the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, to bring the YMCA to the Cayman Islands. In the summer of 2014, the YMCA began offering its first programmes and it has grown exponentially since. It now offers affordable day camps in all the school holidays, teen leadership training and, crucially, especially for Cayman’s at risk youth, an extended after school programme which serves up to 1,600 students from Cayman’s public schools. The core values of the Y are integrated into all the after-school activities

and there is a focus on character development while children are looked after in a safe and nurturing environment. Providing mentoring opportunities while teaching the importance of giving back, staying in school and having respect for others is what the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Cayman Islands have promoted since their founding in Cayman in 1995. Matching adult mentors (Bigs) with enrolled children (Littles) on a one-on-one basis, they offer children between the ages of 6 and 18 years, who are growing up with only one parent, being raised by relatives, or who have


With mental health issues presenting as high as 25-30% in Cayman’s student population, both the government and the private school systems are increasingly overwhelmed with trying to provide enough support.

Warning Signs of orC rf

Teen Depression

Teenagers often may not be able to tell you directly that they are depressed or suffering from mental ill-health. Here are some symptoms to look out for: • Crying spells for no reason • Being particularly sad, hopeless or empty, without an obvious trigger • Bursts of anger or disruptive behaviour that seem out-of-character • Loss of interest in normal activities or in engaging with family or friends • A fixation on past failures or exaggerated self- blame or self-criticism • Low self-worth • Severe sensitivity to rejection or failure and a requirement for excessive reassurance • Trouble with concentration, memory and decision-making • Tiredness or loss of energy • Insomnia or sleeping too much • Changes in appetite and/or significant weight changes • Use of alcohol or drugs • Agitation or restlessness • Frequent complaints of headaches or unexplained body aches • Poor school performance • Neglect of appearance • Reckless or dangerous behaviour • Excessive use of technology • Social anxiety or dread of social events Of course, some of the above – such as sleeping too much – can just be a normal part of adolescence. The key is to keep your eyes open, listen to your gut and seek professional help quickly if you have any concerns.




social and academic issues, someone they can confide in, share their concerns and learn how to manage life’s ups and downs. Programmes like Boyz 2 Men, the YMCA and BBBS KY (to name a few) are exposing at-risk children to healthy relationships which they can then model, and offering them the tools they need to make empowering life decisions. Mr. Myles, like Dr. Walton, believes that many of the issues that Cayman’s youth face come down to parents not parenting their children properly, and communities not supporting each other the way they used to in the past. This feeds back into what Dr. Lam and Dr. Day are working on when they dig down to find the root cause of a child’s mental health issues. At the end of the day, Mr. Myles wants to encourage a positive conversation surrounding mental health – offering the idea that clinicians should be removed from the face of campaigns, and instead encouraging conversation around individuals who are living great lives with mental illness. He believes we must “normalise mental illness just as we normalised cancer and heart disease”, to bring open communication, positivity and support to the mental health discussion.

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There are many people who care, in Cayman, about our community and about our children. Hopefully, together, we can create a space where conversation about mental health flows freely and access to help is easy, so that adolescents in this generation and beyond feel empowered and ready to be insightful, productive and happy adults.

Where to Seek Help

There are a number of places on-Island where you can seek private and confidential help. These include: Aspire Therapeutic Services Clinical psychologists and therapists Unit A13, Crown Sq Plaza, Eastern Ave, George Town Tel: (345) 743 6700 Email: info@aspire.ky Behavioral Health Associates Cayman (BHAC) Psychiatric practice Unit B, Hospital Road Plaza, George Town Tel: (345) 746 0066 Email: info@bhac.ky Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC) Safe shelter for women and children Tel: (345) 949 0366 24-hour Crisis Line: (345) 943 2422 Kids Helpline: (345) 649 5437 Toll Free: 1 (800) 534 2422 Email: info@cicc.ky Cayman Islands Hospital Public hospital with a mental health unit 95 Hospital Road, George Town Tel: (345) 949 8600 Hope Academy Clinical Services Clinical psychologists and therapists Grand Harbour Shoppes, Red Bay Tel: (345) 763 4673 Email: mentalhealthci@gmail.com Infinite Mindcare Counselling for children and adolescents Centennial Towers & Britcay House Tel: (345) 926 0882 Email: info@infinitemindcare.com KidsAbility Multidisciplinary paediatric therapy clinic 4 Smith Road, George Town Tel: (345) 943 5437 Email: info@kidsability.ky OnCourse Cayman Private mental health clinic Suite 130 Windward 1, Regatta Office Park, George Town Tel: (345) 745 6463 Email: info@oncourse.ky Solutions Ltd. Counselling and family mediation Suite W9, Grand Pavilion, 802 West Bay Rd Tel: (345) 949 1327 www.solutionsltd.ky


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The Counselling Centre − Department of Counselling Services Free counselling for children or adults Apollo House West, 87 Mary Street, George Town Tel: (345) 949 8789 www.tcc.gov.ky The Family Resource Centre − Department of Counselling Services Free walk-in crisis intervention Apollo House West, 87 Mary Street, George Town Tel: (345) 949 0006 Email: frc@gov.ky The Wellness Centre Clinical psychologists and therapists D-5 Cayman Business Park, Elgin Avenue, George Town Tel: (345) 949 9355 Email: info@wellnesscentre.ky

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Travelling with Kids Family travel can be daunting whatever age your children are. To ensure a smooth take-off and landing, Cayman Parent has some top tips to remember before jetting off on your next family holiday. Book in Advance

Give yourself plenty of time to book your holiday. If you’re travelling with school-age children, you’ll most likely be planning your trip around the busy school holiday periods, when the best rates on flights and hotel rooms can quickly get snapped up. Booking in advance is your best bet for ensuring cheaper prices and greater variety.

Travel Agents: Shopping around on travel sites can yield results, but it can also be very time consuming. Booking through a travel agent can save you both time and money, as well as provide you with valuable inside knowledge and travel recommendations. Cayman Travel Services is a local full service travel agency that offers everything from booking flights and hotel accommodation to organising tours and reserving tickets for events and activities. Families can benefit from their vacation planning services which help them curate their ideal trip from start to finish. For more information on their various offerings, and to get in touch with a travel consultant, visit www.caymantravel.ky.

Choose Flights Wisely

Skyscanner and Expedia are great online tools for finding the cheapest flights to and from your destination. When you have little ones in tow, opting for shorter, non-stop flights is ideal. Luckily Cayman is served by ten different airlines that offer direct flights to over 20 destinations, so there are lots of familyfriendly options to choose from.

If a non-stop flight doesn’t work for your trip, try to choose routes with longer lay-overs to have time to get through the airport stress-free. If your route involves two longer-haul flights (4+ hours), you might consider overnighting somewhere between them. TOP TIP: If your route requires a connection, try to book your trip on a single ticket so if there are any delays or cancellations the airline will be able to make adjustments accordingly.


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Plan for Mishaps

You can plan everything, and still there’s a chance that something will go wrong. These setbacks will feel less stressful if you’ve accounted for their possibility beforehand. Below are some of the most common problems travellers encounter – and how to stop them from getting in the way of enjoying your holiday. Delayed flights: Surprise! Your flight has been delayed, now what? For starters, prior warning is best. Make sure you’re regularly checking your emails in the days leading up to your trip to guarantee you have the most up-to-date flight information. This way you can start making alternative arrangements as soon as possible. Policies for handling delays and cancellations vary depending on the airline, so research your own airline’s policies beforehand so you know your entitlements. Parents with younger children will want to make sure they have plenty of entertainment on-hand to keep little ones occupied. Pack some toys or books in your carry-on case and if your child has an iPad or tablet device, make sure it is fully charged and a few games and films have been downloaded beforehand. TOP TIP: If delayed it is a good idea to notify your hotel or accommodation of your later arrival time so they know to still expect you. Lost Luggage: While airlines are usually very good at locating lost luggage, arriving at your destination without any of your belongings is stress-inducing for even the most seasoned traveller. Depending on the extent of your loss, you may be eligible for compensation. To reduce the emotional (and financial) fall-out from any lost luggage, each family member should have a spare change of clothes, any essential toiletries (travel-sized), important documents, medication and valuables packed in their carry-on case. Precious and irreplaceable belongings such as children’s teddies should also be packed in hand luggage. Jet Lag: Transitioning to a new time zone can be a difficult part of international travel – however there are ways to minimise its impact. Some experts recommend changing children’s bedtime by half an hour each day in the days leading up to your trip, to slowly adjust their body clocks to your destination time. Alternatively, jet lag is easier to manage if you anticipate it. Keep the first day or two of your trip relatively low-key to

TOP TIP: Pack snacks! Whether due to special dietary needs or children with picky tastes, there won’t always be suitable food available to you whilst in-transit.

Location, Location, Location

Where you choose to go on your family holiday is very dependent on the age of your children. Below are some popular choices that appeal to a range of ages. Theme-park holidays Disney World Florida Introduce your kids to the magic of Disney! Best Ages: Aged 2 and up. Flights: Fly to Orlando International Airport (MCO) via Charlotte or Miami with American Airlines (no direct flights). Total journey time approx. 6hrs (for two flights and wait time), plus 25 minute drive from the airport. Top Tip: Download the Disney World app to get ‘fast passes’ to skip the queues for the most popular rides. Nearby options Jamaica Montego Bay has long white-sand beaches and many popular all-inclusive resort options. Best Ages: Great for babies, toddlers and older kids. Flights: Cayman Airways flies to Montego Bay via Kingston. Total journey time approx. 2.5hrs. Top Tip: USD is widely accepted so bring some with you.

Airways. Flight time 2 hours. Top Tip: Don’t miss the manatees at the TECO viewing centre! Staycations No need to deal with the stresses of air travel when you have the best of Grand Cayman on your doorstep. Best Ages: Great for all ages! Top Tip: Cayman residents have highlighted the Caribbean Club as a stand-out option. This boutique hotel offers a luxury ‘home away from home’ experience ideal for families. Guests can enjoy the comforts of home, with the added extravagance of hotel services. For something more low-key, the Wyndham Reef Resort and Morritts Tortuga Club are perfect East End escapes.


allow for rest and an easier transition. This way no plans are broken while everyone gets used to local time.

Skiing There are a large number of wonderful ski options in the US and Canada. Now that Cayman Airways flies direct to Denver, some resorts to look at (all within 90 minutes’ drive from the airport) are Keystone Ski Resort, Winter Park Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain and Loveland Ski Resort. Best Ages: Kids can usually attend ski school from 3 years old, but most will do best from 4 or 5 years upwards. Flights: Direct flights to Denver (DEN) with Cayman Airways take 4.5 hours. Top Tip: Keep costs down by avoiding US public holidays, going at the very start or end of the season (early December or late February) and booking lift passes online in advance.

Honduras Get the full jungle experience in Honduras. Best Ages: Most activities are better suited to older children so ages 8+ will get the most out of this trip. Flights: Cayman Airways flies to La Ceiba (LCE) on Fridays and Mondays. The flight there is direct, but there’s sometimes a quick stop at Roatan on the way back. Total journey time 1.5-2.5 hours. Top Tip: Try a wide range of jungle activities, from white water rafting to rappelling down waterfalls. Little Cayman Get away from it all at our relaxed and unspoiled sister Island. Best Ages: Toddlers and up. (There is no hospital on-Island, so parents of newborns or children with health issues should approach with caution). Flights: Direct daily flights with Cayman Airways (35mins). Top Tip: Rent bikes to explore the Island, and make sure to grab your mask and snorkel or book a dive on the Bloody Bay Wall. Tampa With zoos, aquariums, museums and entertainment parks, Tampa has all you need for an action-packed week with the kids. Best Ages: There’s something for everyone here, but ages 3 and up will get the most out of the attractions. Flights: There are direct flights to Tampa (TPA) with Cayman




Life After Loss Opening up about Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Early Infant Loss

Tragically, 2.6 million women around the world each year experience losing a baby – through miscarriage, stillbirth or early neonatal loss. But whilst it may once have felt ‘taboo’ to talk about it, more and more parents are now opening up about their loss. Michelle Obama. Beyoncé. Pink. Gwyneth Paltrow. Courtney Cox. Lily Allen. Hilaria Baldwin. Mariah Carey. Kate Mara. Carrie Underwood. The list of high profile women who have recently opened up about their experience of miscarriage or stillbirth is long. Even health, wealth and top quality medical care are no security against baby loss. But in opening up, sharing our stories and learning how to support each other, perhaps we can give women – and their partners – the space they need to grieve and remember their lost children. In this article, we hear two heartwrenching stories of loss from women living in Cayman who have told us about their experiences. Please note, some readers may find these stories upsetting; please go to page 30 to move to the next article.

The Statistics • Miscarriage is defined as a loss between confirmation of pregnancy and 20 to 24 weeks into the pregnancy (different countries categorise miscarriage at different times). Research suggests that between 10% and 20% of women with a medically-confirmed pregnancy will end in miscarriage, 80% of these during the first trimester. • After 24 weeks, a loss is defined as a stillbirth. The stillbirth statistics for Cayman are hard to find, but are believed to be at around 1% (this is double the rate of stillbirth in the UK, but in line with US birth outcomes). [Sources: www.marchofdimes.org and www.tommys.org, unless credited]


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• Neonatal loss, when a baby dies within 28 days of being born, occurs in 0.4% of live births in the US and 0.3% in the UK. 2017 Cayman data published by the Health Services Authority shows an Island Neonatal mortality rate at 0.14% (this number is lower due to women with high risk pregnancies often being transferred to the US). Miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss are nearly always the result of genetic anomalies or random complications; they are not the fault of the mother.


LAURA’S STORY... How many children do you have? It seems such a simple question, but for many people it can feel impossible to answer. It’s a question I used to ask regularly as a conversation-starter, and one that I am often asked. These days I’m unable to answer without a dagger going straight through my heart. I never knew it was possible to feel such an array of emotions in any one second as I have come to experience in the last year. On reflection, I realise there must be many other people who feel the same. It could be a result of miscarriage, fertility problems, a partner who doesn’t want another child, not meeting the right person, or a million other reasons. Whatever the reason, the resulting emotion has the power to stop you in your tracks and break your heart in an instant. There are a number of reasons why this question can be so very hard to answer. What I do know is that it took an awful experience to appreciate how much this innocent question can hurt. For us, it was the stillbirth of our third daughter. I know what the right answer to the question is: smile and respond “two little girls”, often met with “oh how wonderful”. Behind the façade, I want to tell them this isn’t true; I actually have three little girls, but my last one didn’t quite make it. I know, of course, that this statement will not be met with the same response, so I give the more sensitive/ diplomatic response (after all, despite our all-pervading grief, we don’t suddenly become immune to other people’s discomfort. You instinctively want to play by the same social rules and not bring up highly emotive subjects). Back to the most well-meaning of small-talk. The questions get tougher still as you chat more. Commonly, “so, do you think you will have any more or are you done?” follows fairly soon after. Here there is a clear junction: hide or tell the truth. I opt to tell the truth. Living on this small Island means there’s a high chance they already know, but have yet to connect the dots. Perhaps it’s the all-girls boarding school in me, but I prefer the upfront approach rather than having others discussing it and guessing my emotions. I prefer to tell my story and not have others tell it for me. I had three full-term pregnancies in three years. My third pregnancy was a huge surprise (a happy one once the shock had worn off!). It was a pregnancy of complacency. No risk factors and no complications. I continued to work in London and to juggle my job with looking after my two small girls. My husband had a job opportunity in Cayman so we decided to relocate and have our third little girl on-Island. So we packed up the house, the girls, the pets and relocated across the world to start our new adventure. Everything was ticking along nicely. The girls were very happy and settled in nursery, we had a lovely home, our containers had finally arrived from the UK, and I was in the last stretch of unpacking the cot and “nesting”. Although it all looked beautiful and relaxed from the outside, I was nervous about how I would cope with three small children away from friends and family. But time flew by as I settled into my new environment and home. Continued...




LAURA’S STORY continued... One Thursday (this day of the week will always have a very different feeling for me now), I was 38.5 weeks pregnant and was racing around town to and from nursery, dropping my husband at work, meeting with the paediatrician, and then onto my OBGYN for a regular scan. I must have had over 30 scans in the last three years so I had a natural confidence that everything would be fine. I am also lucky to be young, fit and healthy; something I will never take for granted again. Bad scan results happened to other people. This particular day though, it was our turn. Our family dreams were shattered in an instant. Our baby girl had no heartbeat. I rattled my brain to think when I last felt her move and hated myself for not paying more attention. I was sure that the doctor was going to say that he would be able to find the heartbeat and get her out and save her. But when I heard the words “I am sorry but there is nothing we can do for your baby”, it slowly sank in that even modern medicine could not help this situation. I was angry – why couldn’t they do anything? They took me to theatre to deliver her. I didn’t want to hold her or see her, I just wanted to pretend that I hadn’t had her. Thankfully the team gently encouraged me to hold her and be with her. She was beautiful; I was completely blown away by how perfect she was. A perfect 6lbs 11oz with perfectly symmetrical features. It was then that I was desperate to know her personality. Would she have been like my gentle, sensitive eldest or like my fiery, fearless youngest? I will never know and I have no guarantee that this will get easier to accept. After a few days I had to say goodbye to her. I wanted to keep her with me forever, but I knew I had to let her go. I dressed her in the outfit that I was supposed to take her home in. I gave her a cuddly toy and muslins passed down from her sisters. I wrote her a letter and made decisions about what urn to collect her ashes in. Finally, I found a little wooden box with a starfish on it. It all began to fall into place; she had her starry going home outfit on, star muslins, we had told her sisters she had gone up to the stars and now here was this box with a star on it. Stella the Star. Every night I say goodnight to her in the sky and in her little box. She will be with me forever, she just cannot be seen by others. The death of a baby has a profound and lasting impact on parents and the wider family. I felt angry, alone, homesick and devastatingly sad. Sink or swim. Everything was a blur, I couldn’t imagine ever laughing properly again. But time passes, we slowly feel better and laugh a little more each week. We will never heal completely, but the pain will subside bit by bit. We move forward, not on. As a result of what I have been through, I have established a not-for-profit organistaion called Starborn Babies. Its purpose is to help parents going through similar experiences and to raise money for much-needed supplies and training. If you would like to help, or for more information, please visit www.starbornbabies.com.


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ANNETTE’S STORY... In 2007, I was leading the charge as a pioneer in the healthcare industry by starting the first ever audiology clinic on Cayman. After many years of blood, sweat and tears, I found myself in a place of success. And then in December 2016, I got a little surprise. I was pregnant! To say I was in shock is an understatement! Not only was I questioning if I could be a good mom, but I was wondering how this was going to work into my business, and my life as an entrepreneur. Was I going to be able to balance these worlds? Then we received an even bigger surprise, when, during a routine ultrasound two weeks after finding out I was pregnant, the doctor found not one, not two, but three heartbeats! Triplets! I was flying to Miami for regular check-ups with a high-risk doctor because Cayman doesn’t have all the equipment necessary for this type of pregnancy. On 11th April 2017, when I was 22 weeks along and preparing to leave for Miami for a final check-up, my waters broke. Within 24 hours of my water breaking, I delivered Tianna ,who was born sleeping. Her identical sister Isabella, and then their fraternal sister Emma, followed. They both lived for just a few minutes. This loss was excruciating to bear. After this, I chose to give myself the space I needed to heal. During the healing process, I realised that there was a lot I needed to learn and a lot that my precious baby girls came to teach me. I had spent so much of my life doing for others, not listening to the desires of my heart, not trusting myself and, most of all, not making myself a priority. Even during pregnancy, I was running around doing everything for everyone and not making myself or my babies the priority. The experience made me realise that I needed to trust in myself, take care of myself and embrace my gifts. It took me six months to finally start to feel like myself again. Being an entrepreneur, I was blessed that I was able to take those six months off work and not have to worry about getting back to work before I was ready. Even though there were some days that I did go into the office, I felt lost there, like I no longer had a place in my business. Those times that I went in were due to other people urging me that it was time to get back to work, not because I felt personally ready. Yet again, I was doing what others expected of me and not what mattered most to me. Obviously, I still had a lot of learning to do! But eventually, I did what I needed to do in order to heal, process and start to live again. I gave myself permission to heal. And, like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, I have come out on the other side better, stronger and more 'me' than I have ever been in my life. During this time, as I was dealing with my grief, I realised that there were no resources on the Island to support women and families going through a pregnancy or infant loss. Not finding the support I so desperately craved, I decided to create a community. I started Light After Loss to provide hope and healing after the loss of a baby. The organisation hosts monthly support meetings for mothers, fathers and other family members who have been affected by this loss. Light After Loss also aims to raise funds in hopes to donate much needed incubators and cuddle cots to the local hospitals. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me. I’m not sharing my story for pity. I’m sharing the story of my three beautiful daughters to honour them. I am called to share my story because I know the message I have to share is so powerful; that we as women are here to do big things, to create change, to stand up, to speak up and to have our voices heard.




Coping with Loss

Whilst the grief will never disappear, for many people the first six months after a loss will be particularly difficult. Feelings of grief, anger, guilt, loneliness, depression and disbelief can create a rollercoaster of emotions that can change day-to-day or even minute-to-minute. Nebraska-based Pyschotherapist Hannah Mirmiran, writing on www.whatsyourgrief.com, offers 13 suggestions on how to approach the grieving process: 1. Acknowledge that this is a big loss. It’s important to acknowledge that regardless of how far along the pregnancy was, or what type of loss you’ve endured, this is a significant loss and you can give yourself permission to grieve. 2. Allow yourself to feel all of your feelings. Be sad, be angry, be in shock. Just allow yourself to be where you are. Feel your feelings deeply and know that they won’t last forever. 3. Try not to compare your grief. It’s so easy to compare your grief with the grief of others. This goes both ways. You might try to convince yourself that because your loss was early, you don’t deserve to feel as sad as a woman who has experienced a later loss. Or maybe you have experienced the death of an infant and can’t fathom why mothers who have had miscarriages would even feel sad. No two losses are the same. Your loss was traumatic and you are sad and that is what matters. 4. Take care of your physical needs. While the emotional impact of a loss is clearly painful, the physical and hormonal impact can also be significant. You may find it helpful to take some time off from work (your employer may allow you to take maternity or parental leave). Drink lots of fluid, rest as much as possible and follow-up with your medical provider for after-care. 5. Know you are not alone. Unfortunately, there are many other people who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or child and there is a whole community of women who selfidentify as “baby loss mums”. Seek out local support groups and online communities who might help you share your grief. 6. Know that everyone grieves differently. Each of us needs support in different ways. Some people need privacy and others need to talk through the experience with many people. Some people find it helpful to journal or even start a blog of their own, and others don’t have the patience to write anything. There isn’t a right or wrong way; the important part is knowing what feels best to you and then doing it. 7. Reach out to friends and family for support. If you share the loss with others, chances are that they will ask you what [Abridged article reproduced with kind permission from www.whatsyourgrief.com]


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you need or how they can help. It’s good to have a few suggestions for letting others know exactly what they can do that will be supportive. Perhaps they could help with grocery shopping, cooking or looking after existing children; or maybe you just need them to sit with you whilst you cry. 8. Try and let go of guilt. Guilt is not productive and it’s often a dangerous spiral. It’s very common to try to figure out why the loss has occurred. It’s also common to blame yourself, maybe for drinking that glass of wine before you knew you were pregnant, or for taking an Advil or working out too strenuously. Most likely, there is nothing you did to contribute to the loss. Know that you did all that you could. 9. Expect some bumps in the road. “Train wreck moments” may happen when you find out that a friend or relative is pregnant soon after your loss, or when someone who knew you were pregnant asks how many weeks are left in the pregnancy without knowing about the loss. Sometimes just expecting that there will be some bumps helps to make them a little easier to endure when they do happen. 10. Expect some people to say the wrong things. Unfortunately, in their attempts to make you feel better or to alleviate their own anxiety, some people might say things that don’t feel great to you. You may hear things like “you can always try again”, or “at least you know you can get pregnant”. Although these comments can sting, it’s usually easiest to accept clumsy comments at the time, then decide whether or not to address them at a later point. 11. Limit your exposure to Facebook. After you’ve experienced a loss, a glance at Facebook can be like looking at an airbrushed album of the picture-perfect lives of others and a glaring reminder that others have exactly what you don’t have and desperately want. Some people find it helpful to take a social media sabbatical for a period of time until the painful feelings begin to decrease in intensity. 12. Say goodbye. There isn’t really an official protocol on how to appropriately recognise the loss of a baby. And yet, at some point in your grieving process, it may be helpful to do something to recognise the loss. Some parents choose to hold a funeral or memorial service. For parents who experience an earlier miscarriage, they may find it helpful to recognise the loss in a more personal way, perhaps purchasing an ornament or piece of jewellery, or planting a tree. Many people also find it helpful to create a memory box filled with memories from the pregnancy (such as pictures, ultrasound images, a list of potential names, perhaps a letter from each parent to the baby). 13. Get emotional help. I know that as a therapist, I’m biased, but I truly believe that everyone can benefit from counselling and support from a third party. Especially if you are struggling with sadness, guilt, and anger and these feelings aren’t

If you feel you need support during your grieving process, there are number of places you can go for help. On-Island: • Dr Annette Stephenson holds a free in-person support group, Light After Loss, on the third Wednesday of every month. Email lightafterloss@gmail.com or visit www.lightafterloss. org for details. • The Counselling Centre offers free of charge short-term counselling to anyone living in Cayman. • Most private therapists – including Dr Erica Lam at Aspire (345 743 6700) and Cathy Ameline (yoganook@camde.ky) – will be able to provide grief counselling. Ask your doctor if you would like a recommendation or referral. Online: • www.betterhelp.com pairs you with an online counsellor in the U.S. for counselling in the privacy of your own home. • Official support charities include www.miscarriageassociation. org.uk, www.sands.org.uk, www.tommys.org and www. pregnancyafterlosssupport.com. • Parenting websites like www.babycenter.com, www.thebump. com, www.whattoexpect.com and www.mumsnet.com host online support forums and groups. Podcasts: • Sisters in Loss is a free podcast that ‘spotlights faith filled black women who share their grief and loss stories’. Free through Apple Podcasts.


How to Help Those


seeming to decrease with time. Depression is common after pregnancy loss and it’s important to address it early.

who have Experienced Loss Whilst it’s easy to want to shy away from potentially awkward or emotionally-charged conversations, there are lots of positive ways you can help people during their grieving. Try not to sidestep the subject, whilst being mindful of the following advice: • Don’t make any assumptions about what they may be feeling – ask how you can be most supportive or helpful. • Listen, give them a space to talk about their child and follow their lead; don’t shut them down if they want to bring their child up in conversation. • Be aware that everyone experiences grief differently; don’t assume that two people in a couple will cope with their feelings the same way. • Let other children in the family feel they have space to talk and that it’s OK to feel sad about what happened. • Acknowledge the baby, refer to her or him by name and ask questions if it feels appropriate – what colour was her hair? How much did he weigh? • Be there for people – don’t let any awkwardness you might feel cause you to withdraw or leave them to themselves (but equally, be understanding if they need space at first). • Keep remembering the baby with them – parents don’t ‘move on’ from loss. Be mindful of anniversaries and be extra supportive during these times. • Don’t suggest you might know how they feel or try and ‘fix’ the situation by making suggestions like ‘you’ll have another baby’. Another baby will never be a replacement for the child they lost.

Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Listen to my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you. Nicholas Evans www.caymanparent.com



Getting the Best Pics

of Your Kids

Photos by Lisa Reid, Picture This

Photographing your children can be a real challenge. Young kids are unpredictable and they don’t like to sit still for anything, certainly not for a picture! Getting a genuine smile out of them while looking into the camera can seem impossible. But instead of fighting against it, learn to embrace the chaos and the result will undoubtedly show in your pictures. Whether you’re using your phone or a professional camera, here are seven tips for capturing those special childhood memories. – Lisa Reid, Photographer at Picture This Studios

Let Kids be Kids

All that kids want to do is play and run around. The worst thing you can do is ask them to stop what they are doing, tell them not to move and smile… it literally never works! Instead, try to let them do what they want and simply follow them around to see what happens. You will be surprised about the genuine moments and natural expressions that you will be able to capture.

Make it a Game

A kid will always cooperate if they feel like they are playing a fun game, so don’t make them pose, make them play instead. Peek-a-boo, follow the leader, ring around the roses, or simply asking them to have a race towards you are perfect examples of how to capture a smiling face with young kids effortlessly.

Put Them in Charge

Most kids love to help and show off. Get them involved by letting them decide where they would like to stand, how they would like to pose or who they would like to be in the picture


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with… or ask them to show you their favourite tricks or talents. Putting your kids in charge of what they want to do almost always leads to photos that truly show your child’s unique personality.

A Tickle or Toss Works Magic

For very fidgety or grumpy kids, a visit from the tickle monster or a toss in the air works magic. Get someone to throw them in the air or ask siblings to tickle each other - it always results in great natural laughter and so much joy!

Bribes, Baby!

Let’s just call it positive incentivisation… every parent knows it typically works when all else fails. It's okay to admit that if you have something specific in mind and you need your kids to cooperate you may have to bribe them with a small treat – a balloon, a toy or letting them watch their favourite TV show. If you are having a professional shoot done, take a few little treats with you and hand them out as needed.


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Let us capture and celebrate the milestones of your journey through parenthood and your child’s first year of life.

No More Cheese, Please!

Most kids have been conditioned to say “cheese” as soon as they see a camera pointing at them, but I think we can all agree that “cheese” smiles are simply terrible! If you really do need a quick smile then rather ask them to say something like “monkey” to elicit a more natural smile. Depending on your child, more silly words - like 'poop' - do the trick as well and they often actually make your kids giggle genuinely.

Hire a Professional Photographer who Works with Kids (a lot!)

Take as many phone pictures of your kids as possible to document and preserve their childhood memories. They grow up so fast and you don’t want to miss any of their milestones. However, once every few years invest in hiring a professional photographer to take your family pictures. It not only provides you with high quality professional images that are great for printing and decorating your home, it also ensures all of you are in the picture together.

Watch Me Grow Package Our all-inclusive package is designed to capture your baby’s key milestones of the first year in 3 individual studio sessions (Newborn, 6-9 Months & 1 Year). It also includes a complimentary 16 x 24 canvas and you have the option of adding a maternity session at a discounted rate.

When choosing a photographer look for someone who has their own kids and/or has plenty of experience photographing kids. An experienced kids/family photographer will connect with your children on their level, getting them to collaborate happily, which makes for great, natural family pictures, and also ensures that your time together is a fun experience for the whole family.

To book your session or to arrange for a gift certificate call us on 345-943-3686 or email admin@picturethis.ky







Food design and styling throughout this chapter: Emma Drake, Photography: Daria Keenan

Brilliant lunchboxes, top nosh family dining and more...

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Eating for School Success


Super Lunchbox Recipes


Top Nosh Family Dining


Weekday Meal Planning


Fussy Eating 101


Entertaining Children with Allergies


Nutrition Book Club


Nutrition Q&As


10 Food Hacks


The Listings




Building Brilliant Lunchboxes Who doesn’t dread the nightly (or morning) lunchbox routine? Coming up with new ideas and making sure our kids get the nutrients they need is a constant challenge, especially when favourite foods can become the enemy overnight. Here, we try and help you out with some tips, recipes and inspiration to make the lunchbox routine easier and get your kids trying lots of new and healthy foods. − Emma Drake Something to bear in mind when ‘building’ your lunchbox offering is the Food Plate. The UK ‘Eatwell Plate’ gives a proportional weighting to each of the different food groups. We all know that sugar and sweets should be the smallest section, but what might be less obvious is that protein only needs to make up a relatively small part of a child’s diet. The main two components should be carbohydrates (ideally wholegrain/brown varieties) and fruit and vegetables. Keep these two food groups front of mind when putting together your child’s lunchbox.

Carbohydrates Healthy Lunchbox Basics Wholegrain wraps, sandwiches or pita l Baked potato or sweet potato l Wholewheat pasta or noodles l Brown rice l Sesame breadsticks l Chickpeas l Baked beans l Cous cous. Carb-Based Meals • Wholegrain mini pita pockets with egg mayonnaise • Wholegrain wrap with hummus and veggie salad • Wholewheat pasta with home-made tomato sauce and cheese (recipe overleaf) Top Tips • Remember to add proteins and fats to carbohydrate based meals, for example sliced tofu, hummus, avocado or a sprinkle of hemp seeds. • Microwave jacket potatoes by scrubbing clean, drying, pricking with a fork, wrapping in a piece of kitchen towel and heating on high for five minutes. • Add ground flax to pasta and other carb-based recipes for an extra omega-3 boost. Add dark leafy greens like spinach or arugula/rocket to sandwiches and wraps.


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Fruit & Veg

Fat & Sugar

Healthy Lunchbox Basics Veg: Whole peeled carrots l Cucumber batons l Frozen edamame beans l Celery batons l Broccoli l Red pepper slices l Cauliflower l Cherry tomatoes l Frozen peas l Tinned sweetcorn. Fruit: Grapes l Apples l Oranges l Melon l Berries l Pineapple l Papaya l Kiwi l Passion fruit l Watermelon.

Healthy Lunchbox Basics Dried fruit and seeds l Natural fruit roll-ups l Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches l Banana bread l Chocolate chip granola balls (e.g. Made Good brand, available at Kirk Market).

Vegetable-Based Meals & Snacks • Chicken salad • Vegetarian curry • Crispy carrot and beetroot slices Top Tips • Wash fruit as soon as you get it and put it back in its container, with some kitchen paper underneath. That way it’s always ready to go. • Take older kids to local markets such as the Market at the Cricket Grounds in George Town and let them choose their own fruit and vegetables. • Stock up on tinned and frozen vegetables in your pantry. Tinned sweetcorn, frozen edamame beans, frozen peas, tinned pumpkin and frozen spinach can be thrown into most dishes at the last minute to 'up' the veg quota.

Healthy Home-Made Treat Recipe • No-bake energy balls • ANZAC cookies (recipe overleaf) Top Tips • Swap refined sugar with raw honey in baking. Raw honey is natural, contains anti-bacterial properties and is easier for the body to digest than cane sugar. • To make energy balls just roll blended dates, oats and almonds together with some natural peanut butter and refrigerate.

Proteins Dairy Healthy Lunchbox Basics Yoghurt l Cheese sticks or cubes l Milk l Milk-based smoothies or milkshakes l Cheese sandwiches l Grated cheese added to dishes like Spaghetti Bolognese l Pita pizza. Calcium-Rich Meals & Snacks • Greek yoghurt with fruit coulis • Super healthy smoothie (recipe overleaf) Top Tips • For a calcium boost for non-dairy eaters, make a smoothie with banana, figs, tahini and a milk alternative. • Cut cheese up into cubes or strips or get kids to use small cookie cutters for interesting cheese shapes. • Buy big tubs of plain yoghurt and add frozen fruit, honey or maple syrup and a sprinkle of seeds for extra nutrition boost. Cheaper and healthier!

Healthy Lunchbox Basics Chicken drumsticks or strips l Boneless pork ribs l Tinned tuna or salmon l Sliced turkey l Minced beef l Meatballs l Tofu l Lentils Baked beans l Hummus l Eggs. Protein-Rich Meals • Beef mini pitas • Wholegrain wrap with ham and cheese • Salmon fishcakes (recipe overleaf)

Top Tips • Tinned fish is often cheaper than fresh fish and still nutritious and delicious. Great mixed with balsamic dressing or vinegar and cucumber. Oily fish such as mackerel and salmon are particularly important for growing children. • Make sure you always include a protein with a vegetarian main course – great sources of protein are eggs, dairy, beans and pulses, nutritional yeast, tofu, nuts and seeds, peanut or almond butter.



Super Lunchbox


These delicious and nutritious recipes are courtesy of Emma Drake, mum of two and lunchboxmaker extraordinaire!

Hidden Veg Tomato Sauce This can be added straight-up to pasta, or used as a base for Bolognese, soup or pizza sauce.

Ingredients • 1 tin whole tomatoes • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped • 1 stick celery, chopped • 1 onion, peeled and chopped, or two shallots • 1 head of broccoli, including stems, chopped • 1 red, orange or yellow pepper, chopped • Fresh or dried thyme • 1 tablespoon ground flax • Dash of Worcestershire sauce • 2 tablespoons cream cheese or vegan cream cheese

Method › Preheat oven to 375°F. › Line a baking tray with foil and spray or rub with oil. › Add chopped veggies, sprinkle with thyme and spray or drizzle more oil. › Roast in the oven for 20-30 mins until veg is tender. › Remove and leave to cool. › Once cooled, place all veg, ground flax, cream cheese and tomatoes in a blender. Blend until smooth.

› Pour into a small pan and season to taste and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce. › Taste and adjust seasoning as required. › If your sauce is too thick you can either add vegetable stock or water to thin it out. Keep it thick if using for pizza sauce. › Will keep in the fridge for three days or alternatively freeze in ice cube trays until needed.

Super Healthy Smoothie Ingredients (makes 1 smoothie) • 1/3 cup Greek yoghurt or 1/3 cup milk/almond milk • Teaspoon ground flax • Half a banana • Handful of berries • Handful of frozen spinach • Dash of honey or a couple of dates (if needed)

Method › Blend in a bullet/blender and place in a thermos.


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Salmon Fishcakes Ingredients (makes 8 fishcakes, or 16 small fish balls) • 8oz potatoes (roughly 2 small or 1 medium potato) • Approx. 8oz tinned salmon (2 tins) or tinned tuna • 2 finely chopped spring onions • Salt and pepper • 1 teaspoon lemon juice • 2 teaspoons of dill or thyme • 1 tablespoon butter or dairy-free spread • Splash of milk or unsweetened dairy alternative • 2 tablespoons ground flax (optional extra omega boost) • 4oz of panko breadcrumbs, dried homemade breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes • Olive oil for cooking, or parchment paper to freeze

Method › Peel potatoes and boil until tender (10-12 mins). Drain. › Drain the tinned fish and remove any skin. Small salmon bones can be left in but remove the bigger ones. › Flake the fish and add a dash of lemon juice. › In a large bowl, mash the potatoes with some butter or olive oil and add a splash of milk or dairy alternative. Do not over-moisten; it needs to hold its shape in a patty. › Add the chopped spring onions and fish. › Add the herb of choice and season with salt and pepper. › Divide into 8 balls and flatten to roughly half an inch thickness.

› Coat with breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes (optional). Make sure to roll the edges as well. › Sauté in a frying pan for approximately five mins each side until golden. › Alternatively, place uncooked fishcakes on a parchment covered baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, place in a freezer-proof container, making sure the fishcakes are separated by parchment. Defrost and cook as above. › If making fish balls rather than cakes, these usually take about three to five minutes to cook and are great for lunch boxes with lemon mayo, salsa, hummus or guacamole.

ANZAC Cookies Ingredients (makes about 24 cookies) • 2 cups of all-purpose flour or gluten-free alternative • 2 cups of rolled oats • 2 cups of sugar • 1 cup desiccated coconut • 8oz, 1 cup or 2 sticks butter or dairy-free alternative • 2 tablespoons Tate & Lyle golden syrup • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 cup boiling water

Method › Preheat oven to 350°F. › Line baking sheets with parchment. › Mix dry ingredients in a bowl with the exception of the baking soda. › In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter with the syrup. Place in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds until the butter has melted and the liquids can be mixed together.

› Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water and add immediately to the syrup mix. Be careful as the liquid may bubble. › Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir to combine. › Using two dessert spoons, spoon onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly. › Bake until golden and firm (approx. 15 minutes). › Transfer to a wire rack to cool. www.caymanparent.com



Meal Planning

It’s impossible to underestimate how brilliantly helpful weekly meal-planning is! Coming home and knowing exactly what you’re going to cook for dinner, or having a defined plan for the lunch box when you’re tired and fraught, is a game-changer. It also helps you streamline your shopping and significantly reduce food waste. Buy a small whiteboard or pin board, or just jot it down on a piece of paper. Then allocate some time each week, ideally before you’ve done your shopping, and get planning. Here we feature two weeks of meal plans for lunch and dinner to give you a sample of how your own meal plans might look. We haven’t included dessert here; in general, fresh fruit is always a great option. Or take a look at the healthy snack ideas for other dessert solutions.








Sliced turkey, cheese & spinach pinwheels

Pesto pasta salad with peas, tomatoes & spinach

Hummus, guacamole & salsa with pita bread strips

Cheesy vegetable risotto

Egg mayo sandwich

Kale & beetroot crisps

Chicken strips

Cucumber, carrot & red pepper sticks

Baby tomatoes

Carrot & celery sticks


Lentil nuggets (see Jacket potato www.myfussyeater. with cheese & com for recipe) baked beans with cauliflower

Spaghetti Bolognese with broccoli

Salmon fishcakes & green beans

Chicken noodle soup with peas








Mini egg frittatas with broccoli

Chicken and rice salad with peas & sweetcorn

Wholemeal pita stuffed with avocado & cheese

Cheese cubes, turkey, ham & crackers

Pretzels & cheese cubes

Broccoli, carrots & peppers

Breakfast for lunch: mini pancakes with fruit & yoghurt or a banana & peanut butter sandwich (try seed butter if the school is nut-free)

Tinned salmon quesadilla & bell peppers

Garlic shrimp spaghetti with peas

Tomato & cucumber salad with spinach leaves DINNER

Tofu & snap pea noodles with sesame oil & a dash of soy

Tomatoes, cucumber & lettuce Turkey meatballs with tomato sauce & rice

Pita pizza with olives, ham & sweetcorn

TOP TIP: Whilst this is an idealised home-cooked meal planner to give you inspiration, don’t beat yourself up if some nights are just ‘whatever you can find in the fridge’ kinds of evenings, or if you stick on some fish fingers, potato waffles and baked beans one night. As in all things, try and find a balance!


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Healthy Snack Ideas • • • • • • • • • • •

Oatmeal cookies (see p37 for ANZAC Cookies recipe) Banana bread (preferably home-made) Rice cakes with almond butter and banana slices Fruit salad with unsweetened yoghurt Any fruit or veg – a peeled carrot during TV time is always a win! Ham and cheese roll-up and crackers Plain yoghurt with frozen berries and dark chocolate chips Dried fruit, nut and seeds (not suitable for under 3's) A smoothie A glass of milk Unsweetened apple sauce

Holistic Nutrition Educator Andrea Hill has this tip: “Remember that snacks, like meals, need to be balanced with adequate protein and healthy fats. So add a few cheese cubes alongside the apple sauce, or stir in some chia seeds to get a longer lasting energy boost. The same applies to smoothies: great protein and fat additions to smoothies include hemp seeds, tahini, chia seeds, any nut or seed butter or plain Greek yoghurt.”

Meal planning is pretty straightforward when you get down to it. Here are a few tips that should make it even easier: • Only allow yourself 10 minutes for meal planning. Any more than this and it will become a chore and won’t get done. • Make a note of any meals that were particular hits. When doing your plan, you can check out your ‘hit list’ for inspiration. • Create weekly themed nights – such as Pizza Fridays or Taco Tuesdays. Kids love it, and it gives you a few easy set pieces. Why not try Meatless Mondays? • Always cook double portions wherever you can. Freeze the second portion immediately. • Try family-friendly websites like www.myfussyeater.com or www.dinneratthezoo.com for inspiration. • Roast a big tray of veggies on a Sunday night that you can use in various recipes, or on the side, for the next few days. • Try to create a good balance of foods – for example, perhaps limit red meat to two meals a week, or go veggie for supper if you’ve had lots of meat for lunch. Oily fish such as salmon or mackerel should ideally be eaten twice a week. • Don’t throw out all the rules at the weekend, but allow yourself some flexibility and space to have fun.



Entertaining Children with Children’s allergies are on the rise and it’s no longer unusual to host kids with food allergies or intolerances. But there’s no need to panic; most allergies are easily managed through good communication with the child’s parents and a bit of forethought.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes) Ingredients • 1 cup milk alternative

Here are some simple guidelines, supplied by Emma Drake, on how to throw an allergy-friendly gathering:

• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

• If you’re sending out party invitations, add a line asking parents to let you know if their child has allergies. Check with parents whether cross contamination is a problem – i.e. if it's safe to have the allergen near to or prepared in the same kitchen as the free-from food, or if a ‘may contain nuts’ warning puts a product off-limits.

• 1/3 cup oil (e.g. light olive oil, canola, coconut)

• Parents will know what foods their child should stay away from and they'll often have a wealth of information that could help you with party planning.

• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

• Make sure you know where the child’s EpiPen or other medication is when they get dropped off. It may be worth asking the parent to come a couple of minutes earlier so you can get them to check food and explain medication. • Teach children not to share food and drinks. You could create labels for children to stick onto their plates to prevent accidental exposure to an allergen. • Keep original packaging to show parents the ingredients in any bought food items and clearly label food items with ingredients if home-made. • Read food labels carefully. Quite often foods such as bread have hidden dairy and other allergens in them. • If you’re hosting a young child (under 3 years old) with a food allergy, it’s safer to exclude the allergen from all foods on offer. Little ones don’t know what they can’t eat and may be offered something by another child, or pick something up off the floor. • If you’re planning to home-bake a cake or pudding anyway, be brave and try an allergy-friendly option so everyone can enjoy it! There are some great vegan and gluten-free recipes out there – see the recipes here for inspiration.

TOP TIP: If the child’s reaction is severe it may be worth organising a play date/coffee with the child and parent in advance to make sure you understand what happens if they are accidentally exposed to an allergen, and also to let the child know they can approach you should they start to feel unwell.



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• 3/4 cup sugar or coconut sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour mix (Dove Farms or King Arthur’s works well) • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda • Pinch of salt

Method › Preheat oven to 350°F. › Whisk milk alternative and vinegar together and set aside to curdle. › Measure out the dry ingredients and sift together over a bowl. › Add the oil, sugar and vanilla extract to the curdled liquid mix, stirring continuously. › Transfer the wet ingredients to a large bowl and slowly add the dry ingredients to the mix, whisking with an electric whisk to ensure no lumps form. › As soon as it’s mixed together, switch off the whisk and measure out into a lined cupcake tin. Fill 3/4 full. › Bake for 18-20 mins or until cooked. Once done, push a cocktail stick deep into the middle of the cake; if the cake is fully cooked, the stick will come out clean and the top of the cake should spring back.


› For a larger, rounder cake double the recipe and split between two pans. Cook for roughly 30-35 mins.

› For vanilla cupcakes, omit the cocoa and add an extra 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour.

Dairy-Free Vanilla Frosting Ingredients • 1/2 cup softened non-dairy butter • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Method › Use an electric whisk to beat the non-dairy butter until light and fluffy. › Add the vanilla. Beat to incorporate. › Gradually add the sugar and keep mixing until smooth and creamy.

Variations › For lemon or orange frosting add a tablespoon of lemon zest or orange zest. › For berry frosting, add 1/4 cup of thawed frozen berries and whisk well. If the mix becomes loose, add 1/8 cup more sugar (if using strawberries you will need to chop them up first). › For chocolate frosting, substitute 2 tablespoons of icing sugar for cocoa powder.

Vegan Brownies Ingredients • 3oz of silken firm tofu • 1/4 cup milk alternative • 1/2 cup oil, e.g. coconut, canola or light olive oil • 1/2 cup cocoa powder • 1 cup sugar or palm sugar • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 tablespoon corn starch • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Method › Preheat oven to 325°F. › Line an 8x8” brownie pan with parchment. › Add the ingredients in order to a food processor and zap until it’s blended together. Scrape down the pan in between each addition. › Pour into the prepped pan and bake for 30-32 mins or until cooked.

Food Milk: substitute with oat milk or almond milk Butter: substitute with vegan-friendly spreads such as Earth Balance Eggs (in baking): substitute with dairy-free yoghurt (1/4 cup for 1 egg), mashed banana or apple sauce Peanut butter: substitute with alternatives such as Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds)

Swaps Pasta: substitute with gluten-free pasta Flour: substitute with gluten-free flour Cheese: use cheese substitutes from brands such as Daiya or use nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste on top of pasta or rice Milk chocolate: subsitute with dark chocolate (check the ingredients – most, but not all, dark chocolate is dairy-free)



Q&A Andrea Hill

Chad Collins

What first inspired you to work in the field of nutrition? I struggled with my own health and weight issues as a teenager and, from there, took an interest in learning how I could eat well and live a healthier lifestyle. My sister suggested going to school and making nutrition my career.

Who is your inspiration when it comes to healthy eating? My children! Eating what you know is best for your goals and performance, taking the supplements that are right for you and following the advice of nutritional tests doesn’t happen magically. I do everything because I enjoy the many benefits it provides mentally and physically, so I can be the type of active and energetic Dad I want to be with my kids.

Have you seen an increase in clients wanting to switch to a healthier lifestyle recently? Yes. There is, without question, a greater awareness about food quality today and a deeper desire to learn more about where the food we eat comes from. Which three foods should be limited? Gummy-type fruit snacks (not 'real' fruit), granola bars (glorified candy bars), and sugary cereals (unfulfilling and nutrient depleted foods). The common theme here is sugar of course, and most kids just eat too much of it. Which three super foods should kids should try and introduce into their diet? Hemp seeds, goji berries and sauerkraut. How can we keep our children at a healthy weight? Encourage fun and enjoyable physical activity! Children spend way too much time today in front of a screen. Not only does regular exercise support healthy weight but it can do wonders for children’s self-esteem and confidence. Keep sugar out of the diet. Sugar adds calories and absolutely no nutritional value, and consuming it on a regular basis not only robs the body of energising B vitamins and essential minerals like calcium and magnesium, but it’s a fast track to weight gain. Find a way to boost vegetables every day! Kids that fill up on refined white carbs and processed foods often don’t eat enough vegetables and are constantly hungry as a result. Besides the good-for-you nutrient boost, vegetables supply much needed fibre that helps to keep tummies happy and full.

Andrea is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and holds an MSc in Health & Nutrition Education.


How can we keep our children at a healthy weight? In addition to limiting high calorie treats, sugary drinks and deep fried and oily foods, try to regularly add a non-starchy vegetable to lunch and supper. Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, sweet peppers or salads are all good examples. They help to fill kids up without adding many calories and are full of healthy vitamins and minerals. What are important facts that we should know about sugars and high-fructose corn syrup? Ultimately trying to choose more whole foods over processed packaged foods is one of the best ways to avoid unnecessarily added sugar. When choosing packaged foods, look at food labels for the amount of sugar listed, keeping in mind that every four grams is equal to one teaspoon of sugar. Also, ingredients in the nutritional information section are listed in descending order. If sugar is listed as the first ingredient in jam, for example, this means it contains more sugar than fruit. Which three foods should children eat more of? The first would be milk or a milk substitute like fortified almond, soy or coconut milk. These provide Calcium and Vitamin D, important when young for building strong bones containing adequate Calcium stores. Second would be wholegrain foods, like wholegrain bread, cereals and rice. Lastly, would be whole fruit and staying away from juices. Juicing removes all the healthy fiber that helps to make you feel fuller and keeps your digestive tract healthy.

Chad is a dietician with over 20 years’ experience in nutrition counselling. He is the owner of Cayman Nutrition.

Healthy inspiration from Cayman's food experts

Maureen Cubbon

Tamara Whorms-Riley

Which locally-grown ingredients do you most enjoy cooking? There are so many! But my top three are seasoning peppers, coconut and callaloo.

What efforts are the government making to educate children in Cayman about healthy eating? There is the School Foods Standards, which has specific guidelines that must be followed by canteens when providing school breakfast and lunches. This programme educates students about the importance of healthy eating habits. Nutrition Education materials are also supplied to schools to help promote overall health and wellbeing. Children in most schools have taken part in nutrition classes which also promote physical activity. Approximately 1,000 skipping ropes have been distributed in schools through the Public Health Department.

Name three foods that should be limited? Rather than three specific foods, I would say minimise as much processed and high fat foods as possible. Read labels, understand ingredients and whenever possible, integrate high quality proteins and vegetables (preferably local as they pack the most nutritious punch). How can we keep our children at a healthy weight? Be a food advocate – read labels, ask questions, be aware of your food choices. Many of our food choices come from overseas so we have to be extra diligent to ensure we are getting the best quality for our budgets and bodies. What are important facts that we should know about sugars and high-fructose corn syrup? Too much sugar of any kind is dangerous and can lead to long-term health concerns and behavioural issues. There are a lot of studies that link HFCS to obesity and serious health issues, likely because it is completely artificial and has no nutritional value at all. I feel natural sources of unrefined and unprocessed sugars, in small doses, are okay but it all comes down to thinking about what and how we eat. Who is your healthy eating inspiration? The work of Jamie Oliver and the Global Food Revolution program has always inspired me. I was fortunate enough to become a volunteer ambassador for the programme representing Cayman and it has blossomed into wonderful school-based projects around healthy eating. Which foods should our children eat more of? Any leafy greens are always a good bet; they can be easily 'hidden' in sauces and don’t usually lose their nutrition content in the cooking process. Ground flax and seeds can also add great health benefits.

Maureen is the Director of Bestlife Wellness & Culinary and is a Nutrition Educator and Chef.

What first inspired you to work in nutrition? Nutrition is a major part of my life; I grew up in a large farming household with both parents involved in farming, so I learnt to appreciate food from a young age. I studied Food and Nutrition at school as well as Home Economics Management, where I realised there was much more to food than just eating. Name three foods that should be limited? Pizza, artificially flavoured packaged snacks and French fries. They all have two things in common: too much fat and sodium. Which three super foods should kids eat more of? Blackberries contain a large number of antioxidants and vitamins A and C, they are also high in Magnesium and Calcium. Cho-cho/chayote is high in vitamins C, K and B, along with folate which could help prevent cancer. Sweet Sop/ Custard Apple is a great source of vitamin C. antioxidants and fibre. Which is the most important meal of the day for a child? Breakfast, as this meal helps our bodies to wake up in the morning, improves memory, concentration and energy levels, and gives the body essential nutrients to start the day. Breakfast also helps with weight control as it prevents us from over-eating later in the day.

Tamara is a Registered Dietician/ Nutritionist and works for the Health Services Authority.


Eating for School


Nutrition and optimum brain function go hand in hand. Discover how to feed your kids the right foods to enhance their memory, concentration and motor skill development. Smart eating at its best! − Andrea Hill, BASc, MSc, Holistic Nutrition Educator The brain relies on good nutrition to function optimally. Certain foods enhance the production of chemicals (neurotransmitters) that in turn improve energy levels, concentration levels and reaction time. Brain cells also need twice as many calories to function as other cells in the body and require certain foods for fundamental development and repair. Sensible eating habits are therefore key to both long-term and short-term improvements in memory and other core learning skills.

Start the Morning off Right

Many studies show kids that head off to school with no breakfast are more sluggish, less focused, and not as attentive in the classroom. Kids who do eat breakfast, however, are more focused, have better moods, and more energy for school work. Of course, not all breakfasts are created equal when it comes to enhancing memory and learning. Breakfasts that include wholegrains and low-glycaemic foods are the best because they provide a sustained source of energy since they are digested more slowly than low-fibre (<2 grams/serving) and refined breakfast foods. Low-glycaemic breakfast foods include rolled and steel-cut oats, high-fibre cereals (at least 5 grams of fibre per serving), hearty wholegrain breads, nuts, seeds, plain yoghurt, milk and unsweetened soy and pea protein milk beverages, and some fruits like apples and berries. Avoid high sugar cereals like those colourful fruity loops or sweetened flakes. These types of cereals should be considered more of a dessert than a wholesome start to the day.

Eat the Yolks!

Eggs – but more importantly, the egg yolk – are one of the best brain foods for kids because of a vitamin-like compound called choline. Choline is essential to maintaining healthy brain cell membranes, and is a building block for acetylcholine which can boost memory. So instead of an egg-white omelette, add a yolk or two to reap some brain benefits! If your child isn’t an egg-eater, rest assured there are other choline-rich foods to choose from besides egg yolk; these include edamame beans (soybeans), peanuts, peanut butter and peas.


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1. Oily fish – salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines 2. Dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) 3. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries 4. Nuts and seeds – especially sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts and peanuts 5. Wholegrains – brown rice, wholegrain bread and pasta 6. Avocados 7. Eggs 8. Cruciferous veg – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage 9. Leafy greens – spinach, kale 10. Whole soy (organic, non-GMO) such as tofu, tempeh and edamame beans

Boost Fat with Omega-3’s

Did you know that the brain is made up of 60% fat? Oily fish like salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines supply an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, in particular DHA, which are essential for brain development and function.

A steady supply of omega-3 helps maintain flexibility in the lining of the brain cells, allowing messages to transmit more easily. For this reason, children are advised to eat omega-3 rich fatty fish at least twice a week. Canned albacore tuna is also a good source of omega-3’s, but if your child doesn’t like fish, they can try DHA-fortified milk, omega-3 rich eggs or a fish oil supplement.

Good to Know: Iron

Iron plays another major part in a kid’s ability to learn. Even if you're not anaemic, low iron levels can impair concentration and memory in both young children and teenagers. Good sources of iron include red meat, liver, spirulina, lentils, spinach, sardines, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, dried apricots, prunes and raisins.

Developing teens and vegetarians should consider adding a multivitamin and mineral supplement to help them meet their daily iron needs.

Pre-Exam Nutrition

Food choices not only influence brain development and memory, they can also have a direct impact on test performance. The winning pre-exam meal should consist of high-fibre carbohydrates and some lean protein. This ensures an awake and alert student, unlike sugary sweets and junk foods which will likely lead to brain fog at crunch time.

Wholesome carbohydrates like fruit, vegetables and wholegrains provide a gradual rise in blood glucose (sugar for the brain), while proteins like turkey, chicken, eggs and beans help to stabilise blood sugar and prevent distracting hunger pangs.

Morning Exam Meal Suggestions Wholegrain porridge (rolled or steel-cut oats, buckwheat, or quinoa-based), topped with ground flaxseed and blueberries. Low sugar wholegrain cereals, like Barbara’s Honest O’s, Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes and Weetabix, topped with banana. Scrambled eggs (with yolks) on a wholegrain English muffin. Breakfast burrito – a wholewheat tortilla stuffed with scrambled egg, black beans, grated cheese and salsa.

Afternoon Exam Meal Suggestions Turkey and avocado sandwich on wholegrain bread, with a side of sliced red bell peppers or baby carrots. Wholegrain pasta with tuna or salmon, a little Italian dressing and avocado or mayonnaise. Chicken stir-fry with brown rice or wholewheat noodles. Lunch burrito – like the breakfast burrito, or with tofu and spinach.



Top Nosh Family


The Cayman Islands, particularly Grand Cayman, is so well known for its amazing range of great places to eat that it has gained the title of the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. With more than 200 eateries and local restaurants, part of the fun of dining in Cayman is introducing your little ones to the Island’s ever-evolving flavours, experiences and culinary destinations. You could explore for a long time without eating at the same restaurant twice! Here are some of our favourite family-friendly dining options. We hope you can excite your children to love food and eating out as much as we do!


Anchor & Den The Marriott, Seven Mile Beach

The Brooklyn Camana Bay

With plenty of space for buggies and kids under four eating for free at the weekend, this is a great indoor eating option. Enjoy looking at the terrapins outside before your food arrives!

A popular pizza restaurant with a great vantage point to watch kids playing in the fountains. Their menu includes delicious gluten-free pizza and pasta options.

Casanova Ristorante George Town Waterfront

Cimboco Marquee Plaza, Seven Mile Corridor

Located on the waterfront, this authentic Italian restaurant is a great spot for watching the tarpon and enjoying the beautiful ocean views.

A popular Caribbean café that’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids will have fun shaping pizza dough, which the chefs will bake on the spot for them!

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Gelato & Co. Camana Bay

George Town Yacht Club George Town

Natural and locally-grown ingredients go into a huge range of delicious freshly made gelato and sorbets. Perfect for a cooldown in Camana Bay after playing in the fountains.

Kids can splash in the pool, whilst the adults sip cocktails and enjoy the breeze. With its kids menu and easy access to the airport, this is a hot spot for families.

Kaibo Beach Restaurant Cayman Kai

Ragazzi Buckingham Square, Seven Mile Corridor

This laid-back but stylish restaurant serves up great pizzas from their wood-fired oven. Parents can watch their kids splash in the shallow water or play with the giant Jenga and Connect 4.

Perfect for a ‘grown-up’ meal out, Ragazzi serves children’s portions of their authentic homemade pizza and pasta that are sure to go down a treat with adults and kids alike.

Sunshine Grill Sunshine Suites Resort, Seven Mile Corridor

Tukka East End

The swimming pool here makes this a fab ‘swim + dine’ option for families. They have a great kids’ menu, including fresh grilled mahi and fries that can be swapped for fruit for a healthier option.

Looking out at the Wreck of the Ten Sails, this is a great spot for breakfast or Sunday brunch. Warm Australian hospitality, great views and a delicious menu make this an excellent dining choice.



Fussy Eating 101

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“I don’t like tomatoes!”, “I don’t like that stinky cheese!”, “Only white foods!”, “I don’t want chicken!”. Sound familiar? If you are a parent of a picky eater, you’ve probably tried just about everything to get your child to eat the right foods. Truth be told, all children at some point in these early years demonstrate some level of pickiness in their food selection. Fortunately, this is usually just a passing phase and it is often easier to roll with it, rather than creating a power struggle around the dinner table. − Andrea Hill, BASc, MSc, Holistic Nutrition Educator

So, why does fussy eating happen? Picky eating can simply be your child’s way of asserting independence; testing how far the limits of your authority can be pushed, and the degree of control over their own lives. A reluctance to try new foods can sometimes surface during times of great change – the start of a school year, perhaps, even a parent separation. In this instance, a child might seek 'sameness' in food as much as possible, including sticking to the same small groups of foods. This particular pattern creates security for them and may help the child feel safe. What can you do as a parent? Most importantly, try not to get frustrated and pressure your child to eat. Although this is easier said than done, parents sometimes really need to take a step back and ‘let go’ of their end of the emotional-food-battle. Forcing your child to eat is never a good idea. Ever. Not only does this send the wrong message and attach negative connotations to specific foods, it further aggravates an already trying situation, and will frustrate both you and your child. Here are some tips to help end the power struggle and make mealtimes easier for you and your picky eater.


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Set a Good Example

Your child will be less willing to try new foods if you have not tasted it yourself, or shown disgust or disinterest in trying something new. Be aware of your facial expressions, body language and words, as these may seem harmless, but can influence your child’s food preferences and acceptance of trying new things.

Offer a Variety of Healthy Foods

Picky eater or no picky eater, parents are encouraged to continue offering a variety of healthy food choices at meal times. In other words, don’t give up! When offering a new food, put it next to a food your child already likes, bearing in mind that children need to be exposed to a new food 10-15 times before they may be willing to eat it. If all your child does is smell the new food at first, let it be, trying again another time. Keep your child’s texture preferences in mind when offering a new food. If your child does not like ‘mushy’ foods, you probably don’t want to cook the carrots or mash those potatoes. Instead, consider keeping the carrots raw (and serve a dip on the side, if you think that might appeal to them), or thinly slice the potatoes for homemade baked potato chips (a mandolin slicer can really come in handy here!).

Involve Children in Food Preparation

Some children are much more willing to try a new food if they have taken part in the ‘creation’ of the meal. Have little ones assist you with measuring, pouring and stirring. Asking your child to choose the vegetable can also be a way of involving them in meal preparation. Give your child the option of choosing one of two things: “broccoli with cheese sauce or a rainbow salad?”. Never pose the question, “what vegetable do you want to eat for dinner tonight?” You know what they are going to say!

Limit Snacking Before Meal Times

If your child is snacking all day, they will be uninterested in trying new foods at meal times, especially the ever-problematic vegetables! Try to stick to a consistent meal and snack schedule, and allow at least two hours between your child’s mid-afternoon or afterschool snack and dinner time. The idea here is that you want to get your child hungry and interested at the meal time when more nutritious foods are typically offered. Limit snacks

to about two to three a day, and limit each snack to about 150 calories a piece. An example of this might be a piece of fruit and a small yoghurt cup, or 5-6 wholegrain crackers with a little spread of almond butter. Liquid calories also need to be accounted for; drinking juices, sodas, or any sugary drinks for that matter, will easily displace a healthy appetite and interest in trying new foods at meal times.

Toss the ‘Clean Your Plate’ Rule

For the most part, healthy kids eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. As a parent, when you encourage your children to clean their plate, you are encouraging them to eat past the point of fullness, which can set them up for weight gain in their teenage years and later in adulthood. Studies suggest if you pile on a lot of food onto a child’s plate, they will eat it, regardless of natural satiety cues. To avoid this common blunder, do not encourage children to clean their plate or punish them if they do not clean their plate. Instead, provide them with smaller, more appropriate portions and allow them to eat the amount that feels right to them. If they finish eating and request more, you could certainly give them a second helping, just try not to overwhelm them with a plate load of food.

Skip the Sweet Rewards & Bribing

It can be downright frustrating to get a fussy eater to eat their vegetables. But, when you tell a child that you are going to give them an ice cream treat or a cookie prize if they eat their broccoli or finish their peas, you are basically validating what they already think: vegetables are unappealing and the dessert is the ultimate prize for making them eat something so ‘yucky’. Try to keep vegetables and dessert as two separate entities. In other words, no more ‘sweet rewards’ for eating vegetables (or even trying a new food). Encouraging your child to eat more vegetables means to never stop offering them. Put them on the table every single day and vary it up! Some parents have success with the ‘one bite’ rule, which can appease both parent and child, since it is ultimately the child’s decision to finish eating after taking that one single bite.

When in Doubt… Disguise It!

Sometimes the parent’s picky-eater-solution is to simply hide it into an existing family favourite. Shredded (peeled) zucchini and yellow squash are easily disguised in any type of casserole recipe, while finely chopped mushrooms magically ‘disappear’ in a skillet of minced beef for tacos, Bolognese and chili recipes. No child will ever detect that the potato mash for the cottage pie is actually cauliflower. Finally, tinned pumpkin is undetectable when stirred into tomato sauces (for pizza or pasta), and frozen (mashed) butternut squash is the perfect camouflage in a homemade white sauce for macaroni. The possibilities are endless. Be patient and keep trying!

Andrea Hill, BASc, MSc, is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and whole foods advocate based in Cayman. She specialises in the areas of weight management, hormonal balance and digestive wellness. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Health & Nutrition from Hawthorn University. Visit www.andreahillnutrition.com.



Nutrition Best for Parents

Best for Children The latest book from the UKs #1 children’s cookery author, this covers everything from 15-minute meals to lunchbox snacks. Simple and delicious!

From the bestselling author of Cooking Class, this delightful kids’ baking bible features 50 fun stepby-step recipes. Perfect for 8-12 year olds.

This book will change your family's relationship with food. The author shares expert guidance to maximise your family's lifelong health and minimise illness.

A classic kids cookbook. The 150+ recipes for young chefs are clearly illustrated with step-by-step photos which make following the instructions a breeze.

This perennial bestseller – part memoir, part handbook – explains how adopting a French approach to eating can help banish picky eating and mealtime battles.

Great for young kids, this is an endearing tale of older brother Charlie coaxing his sister out of her refusal to eat a host of foods by creating magical alternatives.

Best Digital for Parents Nutrition Diva’s Quick & Dirty Tips podcast contains smart, well-researched dietary advice from Monica Reinagel in under 10 minutes. Highly recommended. Free, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.


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Best Digital for Children Awesome Eats is a fun gaming app for kids, created by the Whole Kids Foundation as part of their mission to improve children’s nutrition. Ages 4+. Free, available for iOS or Android.

10 Food


1. Buy food thermoses Send your child to school with a warm lunch in a food thermos. Remember to warm it up for ten minutes with boiling water before placing food in it.

6. Go bananas! Freeze old bananas (unpeeled and cut into two) – they taste great frozen as ‘lollipops’ and are super handy for smoothies.

2. Fast fruit Get kids to help chopping up fruit and veg on a Sunday. Then keep the containers in the fridge at eye level so they can help themselves.

7. Plan your weekly meals Let your kids choose a meal for the week ahead – either by letting them look at a cookbook or giving them a few options to choose from (depending on age).

3. Meal-time time saver Cook double helpings of wholewheat or brown pasta, then store it in a sealed container in the fridge with a splash of olive oil on it.

8. DIY ice packs Sick of losing expensive ice packs? Freeze a wet sponge and keep it in a sealed food bag instead!

4. No more sticky fingers Stick a paper cupcake holder underneath ice lollies to prevent the sticky juice going everywhere.

9. Leave lunchbox notes for young kids Or carve a message into a banana with a cocktail stick – by the time kids see it, the message will appear brown on the yellow skin.

5. Avoid food waste Fresh herbs are expensive in Cayman. Next time you buy them, cut up the whole batch and freeze them, with a little olive oil, in an ice cube tray.

10. Treat yourself to a night off Enjoy a home-cooked meal without the prep with a pre-cooked meal from Boxed (available in the freezer section).




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Countryside Shopping Village, Savannah, Tel: (345) 943 5155 East End (opposite Morritt’s), Tel: (345) 947 2826. Web: www.fosters-iga.com Offers a friendly in-store experience with all the food options needed for a growing healthy family.

Bay Market Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 815 1080 Web: www.fosters-iga.com A gourmet food store with a great selection of organic produce. Baby and children’s food available.

Hurley’s Supermarket Grand Harbour, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 947 8488 Web: www.hurleys.ky A good choice of baby food, children’s food, plus child and baby essentials.

Foster’s Five locations: Airport Centre, Tel: (345) 949 5155 Camana Bay, Tel: (345) 945 3663 Republix Plaza, West Bay, Tel: (345) 949 3214

Kirk Market 413 Eastern Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7022 Web: www.kirkmarket.ky An exceptional selection of baby and children’s food with a good selection of organic options. Complimentary piece of fruit offered in-store

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daily for children. Baby and childcare essentials also available.

Farmers Markets Camana Bay Local Harvest Market Heliconia Court, Camana Bay. Web: www. camanabay.com Every Wednesday 10am3pm. Local purveyors offer fresh produce and farm goods. The Market at the Cricket Grounds Huldah Avenue, next to the cricket pitch in George Town. Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm. Saturday from 5.30am to 7pm. Fresh local fruits, vegetables and herbs, fresh caught fish and all natural meats and eggs. Arts, crafts, beauty products and locally made jewellery are also available for purchase.


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If you are new to the Cayman education system, or this is your first child, you might want to know that all schools are inspected regularly by the Office of Education Standards. This department is a division of the Cayman Islands Government, and their incredibly dedicated team produces highly insightful school reports. You can glean a wealth of insider knowledge about a school before you even call to get a tour! We highly recommend you scour their reports, read between the lines and either make a beeline for the schools with good or excellent reports or hold the other schools accountable and require them to raise their standards. We asked Miss Josie, the owner of Little Trotters – the first preschool on the Island to receive an ‘excellent’ grade on their inspection report – to explain what’s been working so well for them and how to identify what’s important when choosing a school.

10 Markers of Excellent Preschools

1. Passionate teachers and staff If your child’s preschool can instil a desire for discovery into the hearts of your children, this will stand them in excellent stead for their lifelong learning journey. 2. Fun and interactive activities Your preschool should encourage lively and collaborative play, including water play, role playing and sensory play. This fosters creativity, team work and a strong sense of self. 3. Literacy and numeracy development Every school has a different approach, but the goal of preparing children for school should be universal. Ask the preschool(s) you visit about their literacy and numeracy programmes, as well as their approach to teaching the correct pencil grip.


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4. A structured – but flexible – routine and syllabus Children need a routine, but within this there should be a healthy mix of free play and small group lessons that are structured to your child’s needs. Likewise there should be some flexibility within the education syllabus to allow children to follow their individual interests. 5. Music and dancing Children love listening to music and through doing so they will learn about different rhythms, sounds, songs, percussion instruments and how to make music with their own bodies through the use of music and movement. 6. A shady and stimulating outdoor space The facilities should include a shady garden or play area where children can engage with nature and enjoy fresh air and physical play out of the sun. 7. Weekly educational themes New topics to explore each week spark curiosity, with new books, activities and mini lessons firing children’s imaginations and learning.

8. Caring for animals Whilst not possible at all preschools, guinea pigs or rabbits make perfect nursery pets. Looking after and cuddling animals fosters responsibility, nurtures compassion and reduces anxiety in kids. 9. Limited or zero exposure to screens Most children get all the screen time they need at home, so check what your school’s policy is on this. Whilst the exact amount of screen time kids should be allowed is still being debated, it’s clear that short bursts of educational and age-appropriate programming are better than hours slumped in front of a TV. 10. Gentle guidance on kindness, respect and good manners Preschool provides endless opportunities for socialising and teachers should embody the kindness and respect you’d like your child to develop. Of course, there are also practical considerations to take into account when choosing a preschool, including location, hours of operation, and those all-important ‘good feels’! It’s worth noting that the best preschools in Cayman often have long waiting lists. Sign your children up early and be prepared that you may not get your child into your first choice of nursery. If this is the case, do not despair. But do hold your preschool accountable; expect and demand excellence.

Fun Activities

for Preschoolers All children love water! Why not have an industrious soap-sud-covered morning washing the car? This encourages team work, builds character and self worth, and develops gross motor skills. The benefits abound! Make mud pies! Add fragrant herbs and spices like thyme and rosemary, which are abundantly available in Cayman and can be bought at the Farmer’s market. Then let the mud pies bake in the sun and enjoy the fragrance of the cakes that afternoon. Leap into the world of make believe and role play by providing fabric for tent building and fancy-dress garments to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and evoke dramatic play and story-telling. Equip young explorers with a magnifying glass and a torch and go on a bug hunt in the undergrowth of the garden.



of Reading

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How to Encourage a Love

As well as being a source of joy, escapism and discovery, reading for pleasure is a key factor in academic success. A 2013 study by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research showed that youngsters of four to five years old whose parents read to them between three and five times a week were at least six months ahead of their peers in terms of overall literacy skills. Those who read every day were a full year ahead!


Here are some handy tips for how you can inspire a love of reading in your kids:

it will be fiction or non-fiction (made-up story or real-life story for the little ones). This will also help develop an idea of favourite genres.

1) Let your children see you reading – and enjoying it. Children look up to their parents and relatives, and seeing grown-ups reading for fun has a profoundly lasting effect. Make reading an everyday part of your life and your child will want to make it a part of theirs too.

6) Interact and talk to children about what they are reading. Discuss the title and examine what the story might be about. When reading together, point to each word on the page as it is being read and ask questions about what is happening to the characters or how the storyline is progressing. This helps in understanding how books work.

2) Encourage reading at every opportunity. From cereal packets, road signs and menus to shopping lists, brochures and newspapers. Not only does this introduce new vocabulary, but it also encourages fun learning outside the school environment.

7) Read regularly and praise regularly. Consistency and confidence is key when learning to read. Celebrate small achievements and big ones will follow.

3) Visit the library. There is a wonderful children's selection in the George Town library with quiet places to sit and read together, providing little ones the opportunity to explore and find what interests them. Choice and interest are highly intertwined, so follow their lead and bring home a variety of books to enjoy. Library cards for children are absolutely free!

8) Let children see the association between stories and movies. Encourage them to read the original text after they have enjoyed the film and talk about differences and similarities in the plot or characters. And remember, it’s not just about books; comics appeal hugely to younger children and these are often made into films, an excellent way to make reading accessible.

4) Visit the Humane Society Book Loft. They have a dedicated section for children and you can pick up a handful of books for a couple of dollars.

9) Give book vouchers as rewards and gifts. They are a great way to encourage literacy, a love of books and offer children the freedom to pick what they want to read.

5) Introduce prompts. Before you read, ask younger children questions to get them thinking about the text and topic; this will aid early comprehension. Look at the cover and ask whether they think

10) Keep up the reading momentum. Throughout the long summer holidays avoid the 'summer reading dip'. Use this time to consolidate your child’s efforts and encourage reading for pleasure.

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KPMG volunteer Kevin Brett with Red Bay Primary student Aryan Ransammy (8).

Reading for Success: Red Bay Primary School

Red Bay Primary School is a great example of how regularly reading with kids can make a real difference. The school started a ‘Paired Reading’ programme in partnership with KPMG in 2012, in order to provide struggling readers with positive examples of fluent reading. The volunteers give Year Three students at Red Bay Primary School one-to-one assistance in reading for half an hour each week of the school year. Miss Tamara Dixon, who manages the programme at Red Bay, says "the school has seen a real improvement in the participating students’ overall reading achievement".

Kevin Brett, one of the KPMG volunteers, is a big believer in the programme: "The kids really enjoy it! They are excited to engage with their reader every week, which allows them to develop a trusted relationship and assists in improving their reading skills. It is about creating an environment that allows the children to read in a very pleasurable way, using positive techniques that praise their performance and never criticise mistakes, only correct." A student in the programme, Aryan Ramsammy, says: "I enjoy reading with the KPMG volunteer because we talk about the events in the story; I also learn new words and have a lot of fun!"

Books & Books Independent book store

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Schooling in

In Cayman, it is compulsory for all children from the age of five to 17 to attend school or be home-schooled. But, the reality is that most children in Cayman start preschool at two, primary school at four and don’t finish high school until 18, if in the private school system, and 17 if in the government school system. If you are Caymanian, have Caymanian Status or work for the Government, then you can send your child to a government school, but if you are an expat, then you are expected to send your child to a private school. However, if there is space at a government school (the outer districts sometimes have space) then you are welcome to apply and try to get your child in. The cost difference between public and private schools is significant. The education in Cayman is good but invariably the quality fluctuates between schools and indeed between classes within the same school. The children who excel the most have parents who are constantly on top of their children’s academic progress. Knowing, for example, that 90% of children should be able to read quite comfortably by the age of six should raise a red flag if your child is not. Parents who keep in very close contact with their child’s school, insisting on solutions to any problems, and who are willing and able to help their child with their reading and homework, will find their children do not fall through the cracks. It’s worth every effort you can make: education has been proven to be the best way of pulling people out of low incomes and poverty, and provides access to highly skilled and highly paid professions. The Office of Education Standards (www.oes.gov.ky) has an amazing team of fair and highly experienced ex-educators who conduct regular school inspections. From their reports, which include everything from teachers and students performance to where a school’s strengths and weaknesses lie, you can make either an informed choice on where to send your child or where you might need to assist your child so that they fulfil their full potential at school. 58

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Factors to Consider

Cost Although government schools are free for Caymanians, if the school in your catchment area has had inspection results in the satisfactory or weak range (and not excellent or good results), and you can afford to privately educate your child, consider having a tour of a few of Cayman’s private schools. Class sizes, discipline, manners, special needs support, standard of teaching and the consistent dedication of the teachers are all things to be considered. However, the cost can be considerable: private school fees range from CI$3,650 to over CI$20,000 per year depending on the grade level and the school. Curriculum Government schools follow the National Curriculum and students take CXCs and GCSEs in Year 11. Students then have various options for their 12th and final year of high school, such as UCCI, attending a private school for A-Levels, or CIFEC, where they can do BTECs, retake CXCs or GCSEs or get involved in work experience and internship or take one of the many vocational courses now being offered in Grand Cayman. British private schools take GCSEs or IGSEs, then A-Levels. The American system leads to a US High School Diploma and AP (Advanced Placement) credits. The highly regarded International Baccalaureate is available in Years 12 and 13 at Cayman International School. Class Sizes Class sizes vary from school to school, so it is worth you enquiring. All government school class sizes are capped at 24 students per class for Kindergarten and Year 1, and 28 students in other years. In private schools, it ranges from 13 students to 25 students, though many private schools will have

a full-time learning assistant helping the teacher in a class of 25 children (KG to Year 2 typically). Religious/Non-Religious Most of Cayman’s schools have a strong Christian tradition and celebrate the Christian faith. If you would prefer a school that is not affiliated with a church or religious group, then there are a few to choose from – see page 98. Location Entry to a government school is determined by catchment area. Private schools are spread between West Bay and Prospect, so you’ll need to consider location when making your choice. Exam Results The Ministry of Education publishes a very detailed report each year which explains in detail the student enrolment data for both government and private schools, plus student attendance and performance data from government schools. The reports are very thorough and make for interesting reading. You can view them on www.education.gov.ky, listed under National Education Data Reports.

Key Preparations Prior to Starting School

Health Screenings All new students entering either private or government schools for the first time must have a school medical exam before the new school year begins in September. Each school will be given a specific range of days, and appointments can be made through the school your child will be attending. For students entering schools in West Bay and the Eastern districts, health screenings will take place at district health centres from June 1st-30th. For all other students, health screenings will take place at the John Gray High School Medical Centre (Nurse’s Office) from (approximately) 5th July to 18th August each year. Parents and guardians need to accompany their children to the health screening and they should also bring the child’s immunisation record. Vaccines will be offered to children whose immunisations are not up-to-date. Parents can also get their child’s health screenings done by a private doctor. When the screening is completed you will be handed a form which must be handed in at the John Gray High School Medical Centre (Nurse’s Office) before 18th August. For more information, please contact Nurse Carvell Bailey on (345) 244 2734 or (345) 244 2648.

Note: In Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, school entry screenings can be done through the Public Health Nurse, Paula Moore-Simpson, at Faith Hospital. She can be reached at: (345) 948 2243, (345) 244 2734 or (345) 244 2648. Uniforms & Dress Codes Each school in Cayman will have approved vendors that sell uniforms and some schools sell them directly to parents. Every school will have different rules, but most maintain a strict policy on such things as uniforms, the colour of hair accessories, no

jewellery or just very modest ear studs and a watch, and no long hair on boys. Parents should read the school’s dress code policy very carefully, as most schools are not flexible and their rules are strictly enforced. Transferring Schools Most private schools in Cayman will only test your child for placement if they are entering after Kindergarten (or Pre-K4). If your child is transferring from another school, they will likely need official school records from the previous school(s), an up-to-date medical record that includes vaccination details, and a completed transfer form signed by the previous school. Along with a standard report on the child’s performance and behaviour, this form has to clearly state whether financial commitments have been met. This is an essential component of the acceptance process for students transferring within the private school system.

Government Schooling in Cayman

Enrolment Policy Limited space, resources and high demand for a public education has results in Caymanians (including status holders) being given priority when it comes to enrolment in government schools. After this, spaces are offered to expats who work for the government and then, if there is space, other expats. Some schools in the outer districts do sometimes have spaces available which expats can fill. Caymanians do not have to pay for their schooling, although external exams are charged at cost, and there are usually a few other incidental fees. However, if an expat gets into a government school then their parents are required to pay CI$750 per year for primary school, CI$900 per year for middle school and CI$1,200 per year for high school. For government schools you must register your child with the Dept. of Education Services and submit your child’s birth certificate, residency documents, immunisation record and two forms of proof of your street address.

School System Students in the Cayman Islands enter government schools at the compulsory school age of five years (some at age 4 if the school has a Kindergarten class) and, depending on their age and which school they are enrolled in, follow either the Key Stage I, II and III British curriculum from primary through secondary school (to Year 9), or the IB Primary Years Programme. Students

Cayman School Acronyms 101

CSEC: Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate | GCSE: General Certificate of Secondary Education | BTEC: Business and Technology Education Council | IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education | CXC: Caribbean Examination Council | CAPE: Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Test | IB: International Baccalaureate | CIFEC: Cayman Islands Further Education Centre | CIS: Cayman International School



then move from their government primary school at the end of Year 6 and enter one of three government high schools, or a private school, for Years 7-11. In Year 10 all students begin their preparation for internationally accredited external examinations, following the relevant syllabi depending on what they are taking. Students complete this two year programme of classes (Years 10 and 11) in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Life Skills and have the option of taking three additional subjects of their choice. Students then take exams set either by a UK exam board (GCSE) or the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). In the government high schools they offer the Goal Accelerated Programme (GAP) whereby students who are identified as gifted and talented are pushed through a far more rigorous academic programme. This includes mentoring and extensive work with the student’s parents to ensure that the children are pushed but supported. This programme ensures that goal-oriented students take additional GCSEs in Years 9 and 10 as well as in Year 11 when all the other students take their GCSEs. The government school system also offers the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations which are commonly referred to as CXC examinations. CXCs are taken by students after five years of secondary school, usually at the age of 16, at the same time or instead of GCSEs. CXCs are graded I-VI with Grades I-III being considered the equivalent of a GCSE pass at A* – C. For example a Grade I result means you have attained a comprehensive grasp of the subject and a Grade VI result means you have attained a very limited grasp of the subject. A handful of government high school students also take a Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subject, which is the Caribbean equivalent of an A Level. The grading system is similar to CXC exams with Grade I representing an excellent performance whereas Grade VII represents an unsatisfactory performance. Grades I–III are the equivalent of an A* – C at A Level. All students are then automatically enrolled in the compulsory Year 12 (one academic year) programme at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC), where they can take an array of business and technology courses (BTEC), get involved in work experience and internships, or retake CXC or GCSE exams to improve their grade standing. There is also the option for students to enrol in a ‘dual entry programme’ such as A Levels at St. Ignatius or Cayman Prep and High School, an approved accredited school overseas (this option at the student’s expense), or attend the University College of the Cayman Islands and work on an Associate's Degree. After completing their Year 12 programme, students graduate from their respective secondary schools at the compulsory school leaving age of 17. Those taking A Levels will carry on with their education until the age of 18. Students who do not have the minimum five external passes (at CSEC or GCSE) after graduating from high school, may have the opportunity to be admitted to UCCI’s Pre-College Matriculation


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programme, where they can obtain transferable college credits. This programme allows students to take foundation level courses in Maths, English and college skills in order to prepare students to transition into an Associate's Degree programme. Graduation Rules & Exams Until June 2014, government high school students graduated with a High School Diploma based solely on attendance and behaviour, and a clutch of external exams (usually CXCs or GCSEs) if they had taken any. However, for a student to now officially graduate with a High School Diploma, they must pass a minimum of five subjects, with Maths and English being mandatory, and they are then graded into one of four academic levels: Level 2 with High Honours, Level 2 with Honours, Level 2 Diploma, Level 1 Diploma – the highest being Level 2 with High Honours. In addition, during their last three years (Years 10-12) they must have at least a 90% or more attendance record, along with less than 15 days of suspension. The levels are based on the number of CXC, GCSE or BTEC exams they pass. For example the Level 2 Diploma with High Honours means that the student has passed at least 9 subjects at A*– B. The 9 subjects must include English and Maths. For entry to an A Level programme, a minimum of five passes at CXC or GCSE, including Maths and English, are considered necessary. Further requirements include a minimum grade pass at A*– C or 1-3 are essential if applying for a government scholarship. For those in the US system, a 2.75 GPA is considered necessary for entry to a university course, but a 3.0 GPA is necessary to qualify for a Cayman Islands Government university scholarship. For those who go on to Level 3 (International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement diplomas, A Levels or an Associate’s Degree at UCCI) after leaving high school, the passing of this level indicates suitability for pursuing tertiary education. Exam Fees It is worth noting that whilst all education is free for Caymanians (at government schools), parents must still pay for exam entry fees, i.e. they have to pay for every CSEC, GCSE or BTEC course (British and Technology Education Council) that is taken. Fees are approximately CI$25 per subject for CSECs, CI$50 per GCSE and between CI$110 and CI$250 per BTEC vocational qualification, depending on the subject and the level. Government Scholarships for A-Levels All Caymanian students accepted at a private school to take A Levels or an Associate’s Degree at UCCI, can apply for a scholarship to help pay for their school fees. If a student is accepted from a government school, they get the first year’s fees paid in full (plus text books) and then either CI$7,000 or CI$5,000 paid for the second year. The amount is decided on a points system based on the student's GCSE results. They also must have higher passes in GCSE and/or CXC English Language and Mathematics to secure funding. Current Caymanian students at St. Ignatius can apply for funding when they enter Year 12 (and 13).

The tenets of the programme are all very relevant to the Cayman Islands, which is a melting pot of over 100 different cultures and nationalities. The IB Middle Years Programme from ages 11 to 16 is not currently offered in Cayman.

(Note: The IB Diploma Programme is offered at Cayman International School for certain students in Years 11 and 12 see page 63 for more on this).

Private Schooling in Cayman

All students must obtain a minimum of three Cs in their AS levels at the end of Year 12 in order to get the funding for the second year of 6th form. The application period for local scholarship funding is 1st March to 30th April. Late applications will not be considered. For more information please see pages 77â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 81. Please note that all scholarship funding is now means tested to ensure that only those who really need financial assistance receive the funds.

International Baccalaureate Government Schools



The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is offered at three government primary schools in Grand Cayman from Kindergarten to Year 6. These schools are: Prospect Primary School, Savannah Primary School and Sir John A Cumber Primary School. The IB curriculum which they cover focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the world around us. The curriculum focus for these schools mirrors those presented in schools worldwide; such as Languages, Social Studies, Mathematics, Arts, Science, Personal, Social and Physical Education. The most significant and distinctive features of the IB PYP are that the curriculum is presented through six transdisciplinary themes. This allows students the opportunity to make connection and relevance to the local and global platform. These transdisciplinary components help the children explore their beliefs and values; their mental, social, physical and spiritual health; how human relationships work between cultures, communities and families; and the inter-connectedness of individuals and civilisations.


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British Education System Children entering the British school system have to be four years old by 1st September. They enter Kindergarten and then stay in primary school until the end of Year 6 or the year they are turning 11 (a total of seven years). They then go to high school for Year 7 through 13, taking GCSEs or IGCSEs in Year 11 (when they are 16). At GCSE students are required to take a science, a language, as well as maths and English. Many international schools that have the British curriculum often offer IGCSEs which is widely considered to be more rigorous than the GSCEs. After finishing GCSEs, the two-year A Level programme commences in Year 12 and is completed in Year 13 when students are turning 18. However, students studying in Cayman are expected to take AS Levels in Year 12 and their results are used as a benchmark for universities to predict how the student will do in their A Levels. Since government high schools in Cayman do not offer A Levels, students will often move to the British system for the start of year 12. Exams Students usually take between 8 and 11 GCSE subjects and they need to have passed Maths and English to get into a university. They will also usually need three A levels with grades A*â&#x20AC;&#x201C; C to get into university. Students will often start doing four A Levels and then drop their weakest subject at the end of AS Levels. Exam passes at A Level are graded A*, A, B, C, D and E.

(Note: Most Montessori schools that extend into Primary follow the Montessori philosophy, whilst aligning with UK curriculum standards.) American Education System Most American schools in Cayman offer a Pre-K programme, so your child can start at the age of four. These children will be given preference for Kindergarten places when other children start at the age of five. Children then move up to Grade 1 when they are six and stay in school for a total of 13 years, graduating at 17 or 18, when they are in Grade 12. They usually graduate with an American High School Diploma and students are taught the ins and outs of sitting SATs. Cayman International School (CIS) also offers the International Baccalaureate diploma (IB) for students in Years 11 and 12. Triple C School offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Exams To graduate with an American High School Diploma, students need to obtain at least 20 credits, split between English (4), Social Studies and a Foreign Language (6), Math (6), Arts/Drama/Music (1) and Physical Education (2). Credit requirements for graduation are different for every school, and will depend on how a school’s curriculum is structured. Having said this, all have standard requirements for core subjects such as English, Math, Science and Social Studies, and then elective credits for other classes. Parents should familiarise themselves with the credit requirements of their child’s school, keeping in mind that some will require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for graduation. The GPA is the grade (number/percentage) representing the average value of the accumulated final grades and ranges from 0.0 to 4.0. For example, 4.0 = A, 3.0 = B, 2.0 = C, 1.0 = D and 0.0 = F. Most universities in the United States will require a specific High School GPA before a high school graduate can even be considered for admittance, so it is very important for parents to be aware of what the requirements are for any college or university to which their child may be applying. Students should also be aware of this, if hoping to secure a scholarship. The International Baccalaureate at CIS The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is offered at CIS (Cayman International School). The curriculum is made up of three core components a) Theory of Knowledge (TOK); b) Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and c) Extended Essay – plus six subject groups.

Students must participate in all three core subjects and also choose one course from each of the six subject groups. The six subject groups are: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, maths and the arts. Three or four of these are taken at Higher Level, and the rest at Standard Level. Students sit exams for the Diploma Programme in May. They are graded from 1 to 7 (7 being the highest) for each of their six subjects. Additionally, the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay are also graded, and together can add up to an additional 3 points. The maximum score one can therefore achieve is 45. The pass rate is 24, and anything over 34 is considered very solid. Universities will also publish the IB scores they require for the subject you want to study. For example, if someone wants to read medicine at university, they need to get an IB score in the 40s. Architecture would be in the high 30s. Montessori Education System There are two Montessori schools in Cayman who offer the Montessori schooling system beyond preschool. Montessori-bythe-Sea teaches children up to age 12 and Village Montessori teaches children up to age 9. Both implement an enriched Montessori curriculum that emphasises inquiry-based study, crosscurricular integration and life skills education, complemented by specialised instruction in French, ICT, Physical Education, the Arts and Music.

Cayman Prep & High School Promoting students' personal and social development is EXCELLENT. Links with Parents and the community is EXCELLENT. Students' attainment in secondary and post 16 is EXCELLENT. Teaching in secondary and post-16 phases is EXCELLENT. (Office of Education Standards Report, March 2019)

www.cayprep.edu.ky High School: 949-9115 Primary School: 949-5932



Home Schooling

in Cayman

The number of children being home schooled has exploded in the Cayman Islands. Whether parents are choosing this due to practical reasons or philosophical preferences, their concerns are the same: how to provide the best home-based education they can. Children in the Cayman Islands can be home schooled with prior approval from the Department of Education Services, and like any educational programme, there is an application process and certain requirements to be met, which are discussed below. We also give an overview of the advantages, disadvantages and resources available for home schoolers. In the 2018-19 school year between 125 and 140 children were enrolled in a home schooling programme in Cayman. Home schooling may be a suitable option in cases where: • A child is waitlisted but has not yet been offered a place in a private school • A child has special educational requirements that schools may not have the resources to deal with • A child has been the victim of bullying at school • The cost of private schooling is prohibitive for low income families and/or those with multiple children • Families travel frequently and wish to be able to take their children with them • Parents want their children to follow a more flexible and individually-tailored programme • A child speaks a different first language and needs to learn English before transferring to a mainstream school

How to Apply for Home Schooling Approval

1. Complete the Home School Registration Form. This can be downloaded from https://schools.edu.ky. Click the DES Home Page button, and select the School Registration tab. 2. Create an Individualized Home School Plan (IHSP). This must include: • The child’s name, age and grade level • Location and address of the home school • A list of the syllabi, curriculum materials, textbooks or plan of instruction to be used in the core subjects 64

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• The dates for submission of semi-annual reports • Names and qualifications of individuals providing instruction • A statement confirming the child will be meeting compulsory educational requirements of Education Law 2016 (Regulations). For example, the child's school year must be a minimum of 185 days and they must study for a minimum of 5 hours per day. A home school cannot cater to more than 5 students at any one time. The above must be submitted along with a cover letter explaining the reasons for the home schooling request to the Director of the Department of Education Services at 130 Thomas Russell Avenue, PO Box 910, KY1-1103, Grand Cayman. Applications must be made by August 1st of each school year. For parents wishing to apply after the start of the school year (end August) written notice must be provided within 14 days. The Chief Education Officer will inform parents if their application has been approved within 10 days of receipt. If approved, a home school certificate is issued, valid for one year. This must be renewed prior to expiration each year if the parent wishes to continue home schooling. Please note that the Deptartment of Education Services will assess individual requests for home schooling on a case by case basis as they know there are some extra-ordinary circumstances. They do not want children to get lost in the system. They understand that for schooling to work for some children it might need to involve the use of special services, such as Speech & Language Therapy, and this can of course be included as part of the 5 hours per day of schooling.

Qualifications for Home Schoolers

Depending on the age of the child, the parent or tutor providing instruction must hold the following qualifications: • Primary – the parent(s) must have at least a high school diploma • Secondary – the parent/tutor should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. This is a recommendation and it is not mandated

the family’s income. It also means the ‘teaching’ parent may get little or no time apart from their children.

Socialisation & Friendship for Home Schooled Children

One of the most frequently asked questions that parents of home schooled children get asked is whether there is a danger that a child might miss out on socialising with their age group and have fewer friends than a regular school goer. It’s a valid concern, but there is much that can be done to ensure a child does not become isolated. Enrolling kids in extra-curricular activities, sports lessons, church groups, music and art lessons all ensure they meet and socialise with kids of their age. Where one lives can also be influential: some residential areas are particularly familyfriendly, guaranteeing there will be plenty of other kids around to play with. The Dept. of Education strongly recommends that an accredited programme for home schooling be used. If you go to the www. homeschool.com website you will find lots of suggestions. Alternatively, look into the UK-based home schooling group Wolsey Hall, Oxford, or you could try K12 or Abeka. Accredited programmes such as K12 have online teachers who can help.

Teaching Requirements

The DES requires that the school day be at least five hours, excluding recess and lunch, and that there be at least 185 days of instruction in the school year. The curriculum must include the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, sciences and social studies, and must be an accredited programme. Parents/tutors must maintain a record of attendance and submit semi-annual reports on the students’ progress to the Department of Education Services. The DES will conduct at least two site visits, one scheduled, one impromptu, each year and where necessary will liaise with the Office of Education Standards for assessment and reporting.

Pros & Cons of Home Schooling

The main advantages home schooling parents report is being able to spend more time with their children and having the ability to adapt the teaching to a child’s learning style and interests, ensuring they receive a quality education and plenty of individual attention. The flexibility home schooling offers is also key: classes can be held in any location and at the time one chooses, enabling parents to fit schooling around other commitments. On the other hand, home schooling is time-consuming for the parent (or tutor) providing instruction, and thus means that one parent usually cannot work, and therefore cannot contribute to

The 'Cayman Homeschoolers' Facebook group was set up specifically so that parents and children could connect with other home schooling friends. These children go on field trips with other parents and children and time is specifically set aside each week to socialise with the other kids. A home schooling family can become just as busy with extra-curricular activities as any other public/private school family.

Resources for Cayman Home Schoolers

As well as the Facebook community, there are a growing number of after school programmes, both academic and nonacademic, for home schooled students to participate in: • High Achievement Academy and Cayman Learning Centre have highly qualified and experienced teachers from the UK and USA if you want your child to have additional tutoring in a specific subject. • Footsteps School provides home schooling support in individual, paired or group sessions during the afternoons (after 3.30pm) when their regular school hours end. • Clever Fish works alongside the home schooling community and offers an after-school enrichment programme that includes homework supervision, academic intervention and activities such as robotics, arts and crafts and more. They also offer activity camps in collaboration with Cayman Sea Elements during school holidays. • Chatterbox offers an afterschool homework club and they offer individualised classes for children needing help with handwriting, reading and speech and language.

Please Note: Whilst private tutoring centres and other activity providers can be an excellent supplemental resource for home schooled children, the Department of Education has emphasised that the majority of home school instruction must be delivered at home, or at the home of another person approved by the parent. This means that you cannot rely on private tutoring centres to provide the bulk of your child’s learning programme.



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Ten years ago, finding a good tutoring company in Grand Cayman was a rather difficult thing to do. Times have changed in a big way! Cayman now has a wealth of highly qualified and welltrained teachers/professors who work through busy and dedicated tutoring companies. But why hire a tutor in the first place? A tutor can help your children stay on top of their course work, help improve their grades and, more importantly, give them confidence in their school work. This rise in qualified and exceptionally good tutors has been particularly gamechanging for children within the public school system: 1-to1 tuition can exponentially improve results and open up enhanced opportunities at college and beyond.

individual who is trained in either the Wilson Program or the Orton-Gillingham dyslexia instructional approach. This is essential. Ask your tutor if they have a certificate or qualification proving that they can teach either of these courses. If you suspect your child has ADHD then a diagnosis of dyslexia often comes with it, so that is something to consider as well.

So what do you need to consider when choosing a tutor? When Cayman Parent asked qualified teachers at the top schools about this subject, here is what we learnt:

One easy thing that all parents (and preschools) can do is buy a colourful poster (available on Amazon) with the alphabet on it. Make sure it does not just have capital letters though, you need the lower case letters as well. Find one that has a picture for each letter (e.g. an apple for Aa). Then put it somewhere that your children will see it a LOT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the back of the bathroom door is a good place! Your child will then see it every day and will slowly, ideally from the age of two, begin to absorb what the letters look like and sound like.

Phonics & Reading Support

We have been told that most children should be reading quite comfortably between the ages of six and seven. However, if your child is really struggling then something could be wrong and there is no time to waste. Your child might have dyslexia and, if so, will need reading intervention. This would come in the form of a qualified


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Maths Support

If you are looking for a maths tutor consider that children in the US system learn maths in a very different way to those in the UK system. In the US system students learn maths in themed branches (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry and then calculus); in the UK system students learn a broad cross-section of the whole subject of maths and then build on it each year. Enquire as to what experience the tutor has with the curriculum, and if they don’t seem to have enough knowledge of it then find one that does.

All children in Cayman are now required to have mastered their times tables by the age of 9. To help them achieve this, one simple thing you can do is order a times table poster from Amazon and put it somewhere they will see it a lot. Opposite the toilet or the bath is ideal. While they are in the bath you can test them and, over time, your child will learn them. Try and put it up there while they are still very small.

Homework Help

Many parents look for help getting their children to do their homework, and as a bonus a tutor will also work out very quickly where the gaps are in your child’s knowledge of the current subjects they are studying. Tuition should always supplement the learning already taking place inside the school classroom. A good way to aid this is to regularly forward class newsletters, spelling lists, school reports, etc., to the tutor for inclusion in the tutoring sessions. Your child’s tutor can then make sure that their students are on top of their subjects.

GCSE, IB Diploma or A Level Exam Help

If you are looking to have your child tutored for their GCSE, A Level or IB Diploma exams, make sure to find a teacher who has experience teaching the current curriculum your child should be learning for that specific subject. Also, make sure they have specific experience getting children through those exams and have not just taught the subject up to an earlier grade. At this level of your child’s education it is seriously important that your child’s tutor is a qualified teacher. Although a teaching assistant can help guide a child with special needs and teach children at primary school, you would do well to find a qualified teacher for your child’s external exam tutoring.


Expect to pay on average CI$50-CI$55 an hour for oneon-one tutoring. It is money well spent. The tutor will not move on until they know that your child has grasped the subject properly. This is something you cannot guarantee in a school classroom setting with 25+ students.

See pages 105-106 for a comprehensive list of the major tutoring companies in Grand Cayman.

10 Reasons to Hire

a Tutor

Better grades: A tutor can quickly work out where the student has gaps in a subject or area and work one-on-one to remediate it. Confidence in school: The confidence a child gains from not only knowing they can keep up, but that they are actually very capable cannot be understated. Increased social confidence: Academic success can improve overall self-esteem. Different perspective: Sometimes a tutor can offer new insight or approaches to a subject than school teachers or family members. One-on-one time: Tutors can dedicate their full attention to each student. Shy students might be too embarrassed to ask questions in class or tell others that they are struggling. Meet new friends: Children can create a new circle of friends in their tutoring environment. Allows for extra family time at home: At the end of the day, children and parents are exhausted and it can become stressful to start tackling difficult homework tasks. Tutors can relieve some of this pressure and allow for more enjoyable family time. Simplifying core concepts: Tutors can simplify core concepts to create a deep rooted, thorough understanding of subjects at a young age before schoolwork becomes more complex; providing a solid toolkit of problemsolving skills and a confidence in their ability to tackle difficult work in the future. Excelling in exams: Many parents hire a tutor for their children so that they can feel prepared and confident in exams. A tutor will often help the student tackle past test papers. Keep the level of knowledge up: A tutor will help maintain a child's skills over school holidays to ensure the student does not fall behind.



Q&A Julia Martins

Kourtni Jackson

Which children’s book would you most recommend? I would recommend The Little Prince, both for children and later in life. It is a unique mix of parable, allegory and fable all in one. Younger readers should read it with an adult to fully capture the many beautiful messages, such as: relationships make life worth living, time spent on something makes it precious, take care of the planet and look up at the stars!

What led you to work in a Montessori school? I absolutely love children, so naturally (and thankfully!) I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. When I came back to Cayman from college, I worked at a traditional preschool and realised early on that it was not a good fit for me and my educational philosophy. After having my first child, I went to work at a Montessori school and it was life-changing!

If you could choose three famous authors to tutor the kids at HAA for one week who would they be? Shel Silverstein to teach an appreciation of poetry that uses youthful experiences (the good, the bad and the awkward), humour and an unorthodox style; Maya Angelou to teach compassionate, honest writing that comes from the heart; Roald Dahl to inspire exceptional creativity.

What are the benefits of a Montessori education? Too many to list! I appreciate that the philosophy is holistic, focusing on the total development of the child, and not just academics. I also love that the Montessori philosophy is child-centred and that the child doesn’t have to be ‘stuck’ in the curriculum of a particular grade level.

Have you seen an increase in the number of children needing extra tuition? I do not believe there has necessarily been an increase in the need for extra tuition, but rather that tutoring has become much more accepted. Students and parents now look at tutoring as a positive type of support. Often tutoring is about building confidence; once a student has that, their success soars.

What is your greatest concern for future generations? The environment. We only have one planet on which to live and it’s very concerning to see the changes I read about as a child becoming a reality. It is our duty to educate the youth on the importance of conservation, letting them know they have a voice and empowering them to make changes.

What is your greatest concern for future generations? I hope that future generations will play less video games, spend less time on social media and find inspiration in the world that surrounds them.

If you were asked to volunteer as a teacher in a developing country, where would you choose? I would want to go to one of the many countries where it is difficult for girls to get an education. It would be my hope to be a role model for them and empower them, giving them tools and hope for a brighter future.

What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher? I love teaching. I can have the worst personal day ever and, as soon as I enter the classroom, my problems are gone and the students become my world. After that, I find the most rewarding moments to be when a student ‘lights up’; when you know that have just understood a concept they were struggling with − there is nothing better.

Julia teaches middle and high school students at High Achievement Academy.


What has been your proudest moment at MBTS? It’s indescribable how proud I am of MBTS! My partner, Debbie Thompson, and I started the school almost 20 years ago, and it has been amazing watching the growth of the students. This year, our first group of alumni graduated from university; to see them as these amazing, confident young adults who still hold MBTS and its values dear to them is very special.

Kourtni is the Co-Principal of Montessori By The Sea, a school she co-founded almost 20 years ago.

Cayman's dedicated teachers

Patrice Hanson

Vanessa Foster

Which book you would recommend to all teenagers? Every teenager should read Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. It covers a gamut of issues such as friendships, family relationships, love, drugs, mental health, etc. The novel inspires readers to be the best they can be, using the resources they have.

Which childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book would you most recommend? I would recommend all children read The BFG, my favourite Roald Dahl book. It inspires courage, open-mindedness, acceptance of othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; differences and teaches the lesson that no matter your age (or size!) you can make a positive impact on your world if you believe in yourself and put your mind to it.

What is your greatest concern for future generations? I believe that many students in Cayman do not avail themselves of the opportunities they have. Too many are comfortable with settling when there is so much more for them to aspire to: many end up not realising their full potential. It breaks my heart to see them being comfortable with mediocrity when they are capable of achieving excellence. What do you find most rewarding about teaching? Touching lives in remarkable ways. The touch can be helping a child move from one level to another academically or helping them improve their outlook on life or even attempting something they would ordinarily shy away from. It really is just helping the child advance to a better understanding of themselves and working towards being better than he/she was yesterday, not necessarily better than someone else. The challenge for every teacher is to provide an inspirational impact for every child you come across in the small amount of time that you have them. Do you think teaching methods need to be adapted to keep the current generation engaged? In the 21st century, children are bombarded with multi-sensory sources in their daily interactions. The classroom should not be place where life as they ordinarily experience it is put on hold. This is likely to cause disengagement. The challenge, therefore, is for teachers to move with the times and provide students with learning experiences that are rigorous but relevant to their lives. This requires significant integration of technology in lessons and opportunities for learners to collaborate as they engage in the creation of digital products.

Patrice is a Golden Apple Award-winning teacher at John Gray High School.

If you could take your class to any city in the world, where would you choose? I would take them to Rome, my hometown and perhaps one of the most incredible cities on our planet! Rome is unique in its history and culture (and food!), and it is the perfect place for students to learn and develop an appreciation of how places, people and their practices evolve over time. Which famous people would you choose to join your class for a day? Conservationist Jane Goodall and climate change activist Greta Thunbgerg; they are both inspirations to all children (and adults!) wanting to make a positive imprint on our planet. What is your greatest concern for future generations? I am continually in awe of developments in technology; however, I fear that human relationships are at risk of deteriorating, with decreased opportunity for social interaction and, consequently, fewer opportunities to practice kindness, empathy, collaboration and general mindfulness. What do you enjoy the most about teaching second grade? The second grade is an immensely fun and rewarding grade level to teach. The students have to work hard to step-up their learning, but get to enjoy an extensive range of new opportunities. Among other experiences this year, my students raised awareness and funds to adopt and tag a Caribbean reef shark and helped tag and release an endangered green sea turtle!

Vanessa teaches Grade 2 at Cayman International School.


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Boarding Schools

Although Cayman has excellent schools, many parents will look to broaden their children’s horizons by sending them overseas to boarding school. Over the years, the image of boarding schools has changed immeasurably; the transformation from the hardship and coldness of Dickens’ Dotheboys Hall to the spellbinding excitement of Hogwarts has been both evolutionary and revolutionary. But the changes in perception and the reality are not works of fiction; boarding schools in Britain and North America are flourishing and should be a real consideration for families thinking about the future schooling of their children, as Niall Browne, from BvS Education, advised us when he helped write this article for us. Why Choose Boarding School?

There are many reasons for choosing a boarding school, from the standards of teachers and teaching, to the friends and connections that are made. The following are all key factors to consider when deciding if boarding school is right for you and your child. 1. First Rate Education The reputation of leading schools in the UK, USA and Canada is not just a label of prestige from the past; the academic, sporting and social success of these schools is evident. Academic excellence, their successes in international exams and their students winning places at Ivy League and Russell Group universities speak for themselves. The structured independence helps teenagers to thrive. 2. All-Round Education Boarding schools are concerned with much more than academic prowess; pupils achieving their potential in the classroom is paramount, but the ability to be involved in whichever sporting, creative or intellectual pursuit that stimulates a child is of huge importance too. All these things are on the student’s doorstep; schools are extremely busy places where children are seldom bored or lonely.


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3. Support Success is achieved through sound teaching plus individual care and attention. Staff at boarding schools are with their students for most of the day and are there to ensure that children are happy and performing well, addressing problems swiftly. Boarding schools are well-equipped and qualified to support most learning requirements. Plus a wide range of schools offer specialist ‘Additional Support’ for learning and emotional needs. 4. Facilities Boarding schools have some outstanding facilities and offer beautiful spaces in which students can grow and develop. Academic, arts and sporting facilities can be state-of-the-art, and boarding houses are designed to offer the comforts of a home away from home. 5. Friends A boarding education exposes children to a wide array of people from a variety of backgrounds – some of whom will become life-long friends. The ability to live and work with such a diverse group of people is what gives boarding school students the confidence, maturity and independence to excel in their future worlds. Exposure to the wider world and internationalism also helps prepare students for the world of business.


Boarding schools can be very competitive and many schools fill their places several years in advance of entry. Therefore, give yourself plenty of time to choose the right school. In addition to allowing time to visit schools, you should allow time for your child to be prepared for the entrance exams and for the transition to boarding school. Parents often underestimate how much time should be given to these steps, but at least one or two years in advance is the best time to begin the process. The most important thing to remember is to involve your child in the process from the very beginning, as this will allow them to become comfortable with the prospects of going away to a boarding school.

General Age of Entry to Boarding Schools

American schools are typically set up to accept boarders from Grade 8 (aged 13-14 or Year 9 in the British system) but there are some which will accept boarders from Grade 6. In Canada, most schools accept students for boarding in Grade 9 (one year later than the US system). In the UK, your child can board from the age of eight (Year 4) but the majority of students from Cayman usually either start boarding at the end of primary school (i.e. they finish Year 6 in Cayman and then leave) or they wait and go straight to a senior school in the UK when they are 13 (for the start of Year 9).

Boarding School Timelines & Entry Tests

UK Boarding Schools A UK senior school will expect you to bring your child to have a tour of the school while they are in Years 4, 5 or 6. Then you are expected to register your child before the end of Year 5 (schools such as Eton, Harrow and Radley) or Year 6 for most other schools. In October or January of Year 6 or Year 7 your child will take the Independent Schools Examinations Board Common Pre-Test which is a timed computer-based test which measures your child’s ability and attainment. The tests include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics.

weeks at their summer camp will help you and your child gain a better understanding of the school, the culture and whether your child likes the other children. Depending on which year you will be applying for, you will need to register to take the required standardised test. If you will be applying to Grades 9 or 10 then you will be required to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). If you are applying to Grade 11 you have to take the SSAT, ISEE, SAT, PSAT or ACT. The SSAT tests can be taken at Cayman International School. For Grade 12, students have to take SAT or ACT. Please make sure you get the prospective school’s testing codes so that the test results can be sent directly to the school you want to apply for. Another test that many schools are now requiring or recommending that applicants take is the Character Skills Snapshot test. This test measures eight character traits including resilience, openmindedness, responsibility, teamwork, social awareness, selfcontrol, intellectual curiosity and initiative. Once the tests have been taken you can schedule an interview with the Admissions Office. An interview is always a required part of the application process. Some schools may require you to fill out a Candidate Profile along with a detailed application, which is often done entirely online. Make sure to have documents scanned and PDF documents made, which you can then upload. For most schools, you will need to submit a copy of a recent writing assignment which has been corrected


Prior to, or just following the UK Independent Schools entry test, enrolled children will be invited for an interview and an assessment day. This takes place in December or January of Year 7. Very shortly after this, an offer of a place is given, subject to your child achieving the requisite average mark at Common Entrance. Finally, in May of Year 8, the Common Entrance Examination is taken. If your child is not in a UK prep school, and will be going straight to a UK senior school from a Cayman school, they will take the entrance tests at each of the schools to which you have applied. US Senior Schools Start your review of potential boarding schools at least 2-3 years in advance, especially if they are very popular, and arrange for a prospectus to be sent to you. Once you have decided on a short-list of two or three schools, arrange a visit and register with your favourite one. One really good tip is to sign your child up for the school’s summer programme: a few

• Independent advice and first hand knowledge. • Preparing shortlist of good match boarding schools in USA, Canada and UK. • Arranging boarding school visits and interviews.


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and graded by a teacher, plus a recent school report, current grades, a recommendation from your current maths and English teachers as well as your Head of School, a personal recommendation and a parent statement. Canadian Senior Schools You will want to start your search for a boarding school which suits the interests and strengths of your child at least two years before entry. If you are unfamiliar with Canadian boarding schools, then plan to visit the North American School Fair which is held in Cayman every November. There is always a very good representation of schools and Cayman has a dedicated school consultant, Dorm & Day, who can advise you on both US and Canadian schools. Once you have done some research, plan to visit two or three of the schools to get an idea of what you like and what you don’t like. Once you have a shortlist, it is recommended that you check their website to see what documents they need to see and what entry tests they will ask your child to take. Some schools, especially those in Toronto, ask students to sit the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) but many other schools have their own test. The SSAT is a standardised test which some Canadian private schools use to assess a student’s overall attitude, rather than their knowledge of specific subjects. Canadian boarding schools generally accept applications for students coming into Grade 9, 10 and/or 11, with the preference to starting the programme at the beginning of high school – in Grade 9. Education is a provincial matter in Canada, so students work towards a High School Diploma granted by the province in which they are studying, with some schools offering Advanced Placements or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

How to Choose a Boarding School

Narrowing down which international boarding schools to visit is a monumental task. Here are some tips from parents who have gone through the process:


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• For families who live full-time in Cayman, choosing a fullboarding school opposed to a weekly boarding school is the very first thing to consider. Many schools are moving towards weekly boarding, so be sure to check this out. Why is this important? For two reasons: firstly schools that don’t have many students left in school at the weekend don’t put on many activities for the ones that are, and you don’t want a bored teenager. You also don’t want your child to be lonely. Secondly if your child’s best friend happens to be a day-girl/boy, or a weekly boarder, then they won’t be around to support your child at night and at the weekends when they are needed the most. • Schools are invariably strong on one specific team sport – for example soccer/football or rugby, but invariably not both. If your child is massively into one sport, but not keen on another, then find a school which plays that sport. Work out what your child is really keen on, then see if you can find a school which can play to that strength and interest. • Is the school kind? Does it have good pastoral care? Will my child be happy? What support is there in place if my child gets homesick? Childhood should be a happy time, so choose a school which has a reputation for being nice. • If your child needs educational support, check out schools who can help with that. Ask what additional help your child would be offered and whether the school could cater to your child’s needs. • Bear in mind that schools located within an hour of a major metropolis and international airport (London, Toronto or New York for example) will attract a lot of overseas students. Most schools now limit the percentage of children hailing from a single nationality, but it is worth asking the school what their policy is on this.

• Expect to see one school a day (a typical tour is 3-4 hours long). The visit, which you must book well in advance, usually starts at 10am, so book accommodation near the school for the night before if you can. Ask if your visit will include lunch with the students – sitting down for a meal and talking with them can give you great insight into the type of student your child will be boarding with.

Other Things to Consider

Deciding where to send your child to school is extremely important, but first you need to decide what system of schooling you want your child to participate in. This will also be influenced by what school in Cayman they previously attended. For example, to attend sixth form in the UK, it is often extremely helpful if the student has taken GCSEs or the equivalent. It is also important to consider whether you are looking for a school near family and friends. Although the support systems provided by schools are very good, it is also beneficial to have a support system outside of school and people there to keep an eye on your child when you cannot. Understanding Your Child’s Needs It is vital to find the school in which your child will be happy and will thrive. Friends and acquaintances may offer school suggestions based on their own children’s success (or otherwise!). But a school being right for their children is no guarantee that it will be right for yours. Choose a school based on your child’s specific interests and needs, even if this is wildly different to that chosen by others. Unless your child is happy and comfortable

School Fairs Two school fairs take place in Grand Cayman each year offering parents the opportunity to meet representatives from various schools.

British Schools Fair

The British Schools Fair will be held on Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 2pm-6pm at the Marriott. The school representatives often spend a few days in Cayman on either side of this weekend and are happy to conduct school interviews or have a private meeting with you.

For information on which schools usually visit, see www.bvs-education.co.uk/british-schools-fairs.

Caribbean School Fair

The Caribbean School Fair usually comprises the top US and Canadian boarding schools and is being held on Sunday 10th November 2019 at the Marriott Hotel from 4pm-6pm. About 40 schools usually attend.

For more information please email Michael Walker on: info@bediwalker.com.

at their new school, they won’t perform well in the classroom. Make sure that the school offers the qualifications (International Baccalaureate; GCSE; A Levels; SATs; vocational courses) bestsuited to your child and their intended higher education and career path.

Where to Get Help

Educational Consultants There are many people who can advise you about UK or North American private schools, and it is worth seeking guidance – this is, after all, one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. However, it is important to choose a consultant who really knows the full range of British or North American independent schools and the complicated admission procedures involved. Remember to ask them about things that you cannot find out from reading a school’s prospectus: whether the school is kind; what the pastoral care is like; does it run a house system and if so what are the benefits; does it cater well to special needs or learning support; will your child flourish academically there or drift to the bottom third of the academic group. Below are two education consultants that specifically work with Cayman families who you can touch base with. • Dorm & Day: The only school consultant who is based in Cayman, Dorm & Day is owned and run by Amanda Roberts, who offers schools placement advisory services for education in Cayman and overseas. Every year her team visits a diverse range of boarding schools in the USA, Canada and the UK, including schools for children with learning differences, and uses that first-hand personal knowledge to find the right fit for your child and help you to make an informed choice of school. They guide you throughout the admissions process, which includes reviewing transcripts, preparing shortlists, helping with applications, financial aid forms, finding scholarships for talented athletes and high academic achievers, scheduling and preparing for tests and interviews, arranging boarding school visits, communicating with schools from application to arrival. Tel: (345) 936 DORM, (345) 925 4610, (345) 949 8268 or email: admin@dormandday.ky. • BvS Education: Owned and run by Niall Browne, BvS gives unique impartial insider advice based on many years of experience of teaching in leading British independent schools, taking pride in having a thorough knowledge of a wide range of UK based schools and the admissions processes for them. They offer a truly bespoke service which is centred on finding the right school for your child. Niall Browne, a former boarding school housemaster, visits Cayman throughout the year to meet Island families who would like their children to go to school in the UK. BvS is an accredited test centre for the UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test (UKiset) – an invaluable tool in helping overseas parents select the right schools based on their children’s academic ability. Email: niall@bvs-education.com, call: +44 (0)28 9188 9606 or visit www.bvs-education.co.uk. BvS Education also organises the annual British Schools Fair Cayman Islands. Niall Browne helped us write this boarding school article for Cayman Parent.



Clongowes Wood College

Jesuit education in Ireland since 1814 (ages 12 – 18) Description: Established in 1814, Clongowes is Ireland’s leading 7 day boarding school for boys aged from 12 years old. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, they aim to develop young men of conscience, compassion and competence. They are home to 450 boys from Ireland and further afield. They offer a broad academic programme as well as a diverse co-curricular programme of sports, drama, debating and music. That which sets them apart is their approach to ‘the care of the individual’ – nourishing each boy’s talents and supporting them on a pastoral level. Clongowes is a very special place, set in 550 acres just 40 minutes from Dublin airport.

Curriculum: Irish education is broad and balanced. They are a non-selective school with a wide range of learning styles and abilities supported by their dedicated staff. The teaching and learning programme is across 6 years with state exams at Junior Certificate (3rd year) and Leaving Certificate at 6th year. Facilities: Facilities for living and learning are top class, including: an abundance of rugby and soccer pitches, a golf course, athletics track, cricket pitch, tennis courts, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), very large sports hall, weights gym, 25M indoor swimming pool, music practice rooms, modern science and computer labs, the James Joyce Library, co-operative learning spaces etc.

Other Services: They believe that learning extends beyond the classroom based curriculum and so their co-curricular programme is rich and varied, e.g., an orchestra, 3 choirs, traditional Irish music group, debating, drama, art, structured study in the evening, many sports on site including rugby, soccer, GAA, golf, athletics, swimming, cricket, basketball, tennis etc. They have a full competitive fixture list for all sports with visiting teams and trips to other schools throughout the year.


• Cohesive boarding community of all 7 day boarders • Excellent facilities and co-curricular programmes • Irish education system is broad and balanced • Convenient location for airport


Headmaster: Mr Chris Lumb Student Population: 450 boys Annual Fees: €20,290 per annum (2019-2020) Sibling Discount: 7.5% for 2nd brother if 2 brothers attending. For 3 brothers 10% for 2nd boy and 20% for 3rd boy.


“The hallmark of any good boarding school is that it should mirror the very best of family life and the family home. This is what we aspire to do, and more, in Clongowes Wood College.” Mr Chris Lumb, Headmaster

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The Vanguard School

A unique school for unique learners (Grades 6 – 12) The Vanguard School is a boarding and day school in Lake Wales, FL, for students who learn differently. It is designed for students in grades 6-12, experiencing academic difficulties due to learning differences. Their students most commonly experience learning challenges such as: ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Anxiety Disorders and High-Functioning Autism.

Curriculum: SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) - AdvancED and FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) accreditation.


Day and Boarding School • Coeducational • Individualised Education


Head: Harold Maready Ed. S. Student Population: 120 • Average Class Size: 6-10 Boarding Fees (2019-20): Full-time (7 days) boarding is US$49,000 annually, Weekday (5 days) boarding is US$43,000 annually, Day students are US$25,500 annually. Boarding Facilities: 2 girls and 2 boys boarding houses. Extracurricular Activities: There are a number of sports facilities on campus including a swimming pool, fitness centre, outdoor basketball court, outdoor sand volleyball court, tennis courts, lake access for canoeing and fishing and a sports field.

(863) 676 8297 | info@vanguardschool.org | www.vanguardschool.org | 22000 US Hwy 27, Lake Wales FL

Cottesmore School

Everyone has a talent (ages 8 – 13)

Cottesmore won the Times Educational Supplement ‘Boarding School of the Year Award 2019’ this year. Cottesmore is an academic boarding prep school for boys and girls set in the glorious, verdant countryside of West Sussex - its proximity to airports and London make it a popular choice for expats and those with connections to Britain. They have been providing excellent preparation for senior boarding schools since 1894 and has long term connections with schools which share Cottesmore’s belief in a nurturing, rounded and dynamic academic education - schools like Eton, Harrow, Downe House and Benenden. Cottesmore achieves excellent academic results. The strength of Cottesmore’s academic programme lies within its breadth. There are 21 different curriculum subjects taught: sports and the arts are strong. Through this rich variety of intellectual and practical experience, each girl and boy finds her or his particular strength and this in turn lifts their academic potential.


Nurturing • Family • Academic boarding school for girls and boys • Suitable for those ‘flying in’ from abroad • Bespoke education • 33 different sports played at Cottesmore • Purpose-built Art, DT & IT facilities • The Sopwith Centre Indoor Swimming Pool • Annual Chess Congress • Christian principals


Head: Mr Tom Rogerson Number of Children: 175 Average Class Size: 10-14 Boarding fees: £9,550 per term Winner of ‘Boarding School of the Year’, Tes 2019

+44 (0)1293 520648 | office@cottesmoreschool.com | www.cottesmoreschool.com Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, West Sussex, England www.caymanparent.com


Ask a Student Meet two teens from Grand Cayman currently attending overseas boarding schools and get the real scoop on life as a boarder. John Fleming, 14, Clongowes Wood College, Ireland

John is currently in the Second Year at Clongowes. Formerly at St. Ignatius, he started at Clongowes when he was 12 years old. John is a member of Senior Choir, the Schola Church Choir, plays the saxophone in the Orchestra, plays in the front row for the Clongowes Under 15's rugby team and is a competitive swimmer.

Before Vanguard, Jaqueline attended John Gray High School. She has been at Vanguard for two years and is graduating in 2020. Jaqueline says: “Attending Vanguard has given me self-confidence in the classroom and the independence I lacked before. I received ‘Most Improved Student for 2019’ at our recent Awards Assembly”.

What is the best thing about being at boarding school? Being at Clongowes is so different from the Caribbean. There are lots more experiences here and more opportunities for learning. I found it really easy to make friends and it is great to be able to spend so much time with my friends when I’m here.

What is the best thing about being at boarding school? At Vanguard there are always different fun activities on and off campus; the dorm staff make a great effort to keep us busy and active. I have also had the opportunity to make new friends from around the world.

What is the hardest thing about boarding? At first I found the daily schedule a little overwhelming. It is a very busy school with lots happening every day. It can take some time to get used to the pace! I must admit that there are times when I miss my Mum, Dad and sisters.

What is the hardest thing about the boarding school experience? Just missing my family and friends. The first year was the hardest to adjust to – living in a dorm and not having my usual privacy.

What advice would you give a student about to start boarding school? My advice would be, just be yourself. Everyone is different so you will make really good friends. I’d also say don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are lots of people to help you out so don’t keep your questions to yourself. Finally, it’s really important to give everything a try – there is so much to do, especially new activities and sports that you might not have at home, so it is really good fun. Did you experience any homesickness? Honestly not really. I chose to come here and I knew my parents supported me and made the right decision to allow me to come. I call my parents three to four times a week. We can email from school too but I prefer to call. If anyone is homesick in the dorms we try to comfort them and talk them through it as we all get a touch of it from time to time. It does pass though, and there are lots of people on staff to help us through it. What is the most important thing you’ve learned at boarding school? I’ve really learned how to organise myself and how to work independently. I’ve also learned how to get on with lots of different types of people. Very importantly, I’ve learned how to enjoy playing sports in the rain!


Jacqueline Aubert, 17,

Vanguard School, Florida

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Did you experience any homesickness? Yes, for the first few months, but as I got busier with school activities I got over it. My parents were very supportive and we spoke every day which helped me a lot. What advice would you give a student about to start boarding school? Don’t freak out because it gets easier! The first few months are the biggest adjustments. Think about what you want to achieve in life and work hard towards it. Try to make new friends as this will make it easier. What is your favourite extracurricular activity and why? I have enjoyed the opportunities to do community service. One of my favourites was visiting a retirement home; I met a 93-year-old lady who I have enjoyed visiting weekly and hearing her life stories. I also enjoy swimming and am looking forward to joining the swim team next year. What is the most important thing you’ve learned at boarding school? I have learned to continue to work hard even when it’s difficult. I’ve become more independent, I am more organised and I have learned to get on with different types of people. I've also learned that with effort and hard work I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.

A Successful Approach to

Scholarship Strategy

Funding for Caymanian Secondary School Students

Caymanian students enrolled in government schools do not pay tuition fees from primary school to the end of secondary school (Year 12), when they graduate with a Level 2 Diploma with High Honours, a Level 2 Diploma with Honours, a Level 2 Diploma, or a Level 1 Diploma. These various graduation levels are a simple way to say whether the student received between 5 and 9 subject passes at A to C grade at GCSE/CXC or BTEC Level 1 or 2. However, the Government, through the Ministry of Education, have made certain financial scholarships/grants available to families of Caymanian high school students who have qualified to enter a private institution to take A Levels, a BTEC Level 3 Extended course, AP or CAPE courses, or the IB. The students who leave one of the Government high schools to enter a private school (or ICCI or UCCI) are given what is called ‘Dual-Enrolment’. This simply means that these students are tracked through both institutions to the end of Year 12.

A Level Students

If a Caymanian government high school student has the qualifying grades and is formally accepted onto an A Level course at either Cayman Prep & High School (CPHS) or St. Ignatius Catholic School, the student can apply to the Scholarship Secretariat for funding to pay up to CI$12,500 towards tuition fees for the first year, and then up to CI$7,000 for the second year of the course. Parents need to be prepared to pay for all incidentals, including PTA (Parent Teacher Association) fees, uniforms and AS and A Level exam fees. To qualify for financial assistance towards the fees, students need to have achieved a minimum of 5 IGCSE/GCSE/CXC passes at grade C or higher, and have passed English and Mathematics. To qualify for funding in the second year of the course students must achieve a minimum of C, C, C in their AS Level exams at the end of the first year of their A Level course. Any money received from the Scholarship Secretariat is paid directly to the school and cannot be used for uniforms or any other incidentals. An additional contribution is also made towards books. The Education Council implemented Means Testing for local scholarships as of September 2018. The Means Testing requirements are a part of the application, and require completion in order for the application to be submitted. Please check the Scholarship Secretariat’s website on www. education.gov.ky/scholarships for further details. Some children also leave Cayman at 16 and go to England to take A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at a 6th form college. In the UK state school system (government schooling) if a child has a British passport then they are ‘fee-free’ until

they turn 19 years of age. The Scholarship Secretariat will then contribute up to CI$7,000 towards the student’s living expenses, but only if the A Level/BTEC are not available locally. Caymanian students who have been at Cayman Prep or St. Ignatius all the way through their secondary schooling, and who have been accepted onto the A Level programme, plus have gained a minimum of 5 IGCSE/GCSE/CXC passes at grade C or higher including English and Maths, can also apply for assistance with the fees for their A Level course. On achieving a successful application to the Scholarship Secretariat, these students can get financial assistance of up to CI$7,000 for each of the two years of their A Level course. Students must have achieved grades C, C, C in their AS Levels to get funding for their second year.

Associate’s Degree Students

If a Caymanian government high school student chooses to finish their secondary education doing an Associate’s Degree at UCCI or ICCI then they can apply for the fees to be paid. However, all students who have not achieved either an A or B grade in English and Maths are mandated to take remedial Maths and English at college level, as well as College Skill classes and Career Classes. History has shown educators that if a student fails English and Maths at IGCSE/GCSE/CXC then they are likely to fail their Associate Level course, and that fail then remains in their academic history, affecting their university accumulative performance, the student’s ability to get into other universities, and their ability to get a scholarship to help with funding. The Associate's Degree takes about 2.5 years at UCCI (with 68 credits), 18 months at ICCI (which is a quarter-term institution) and you will graduate with an Associate’s Degree worth 90 credits. If any other Caymanian student wants to do an Associate’s Degree at UCCI/ICCI then they can also get funding towards both years of their course if they have achieved enough passes in external exams to qualify to take the course.

BTEC Diploma Students

If a student would rather do a course which includes lots of hands-on special project assignments and work experience then they might want to choose a BTEC Level 1, 2 or 3 Diploma, depending on their prior skills, experience and qualifications. The Government high schools in Cayman offer BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses, and CIFEC offers BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses, as well as the first year (only) of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. For students to compete their Level 3 Diploma (which is considered the equivalent of taking 3 A Levels) they will need www.caymanparent.com


Scholarship Opportunities for Qualified Caymanians LOCAL Scholarships

Application Period: 1st March – 30th April 2020 The local scholarship can facilitate a Fall 2020/Spring 2021 start date at UCCI, ICCI, UWI Open Campus, Truman Bodden Law School, St. Matthew’s University, A levels, BTEC Level 3 or the final year of CAPE, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement.

Those Year 11 JGHS, CHHS and LSHS students eligible for DUAL ENTRY, can apply for A Level studies beginning Fall 2020, must complete this application process. Those Eligible Year 12 students in Private school can apply for Year 13 funding as well.

OVERSEAS Scholarships

Application Period: 15th November 2019 – 31st January 2020 The overseas scholarship can facilitate a Fall 2020/Spring 2021 start date. Scholarships are available to pursue overseas tertiary studies; TVET, Associate, Bachelor, Master, & PhD studies.

For both Local and Overseas Scholarships:

*NO applications can be made in advance or after the application periods stated. Do not delay applications because grades or acceptance letters are not yet available. Applications must be made online or they will not be accepted! To apply and obtain application forms, criteria and required documentation visit:


Contact the Scholarship Secretariat at: Phone: 244-2482 • Email: scholarships@gov.ky

to go to England to take the second year. To qualify for an overseas undergraduate scholarship, students taking the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma will need to finish the two-year course with a minimum grade of triple merit (known as MMM). CIFEC currently offers two BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Creative Media Film & TV and Business but only to Certificate and not Diploma level (since you can only attend CIFEC for one year and the full diploma is a two year course).

AP, CAPE & IB Students

Scholarship funding of up to CI$7,000 is available to Caymanian students who are going into their final year of studying Advance Placements (AP), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students must have already completed the first year of their course and have taken the minimum number of courses required by the Scholarship Secretariat in their first year of AP, CAPE or IB, and have achieved minimum grade passes of C/3 or a GPA of 3.25 (with no Ds or Fs).

Means Testing

In 2018 the Education Council introduced means testing in order to prioritise those students whose parents or legal guardians have a combined income of less than CI$250,000 per year, and a combined net worth of CI$500,000. This allows more funds to go to those who do not have the necessary means to pay for college/university and its related costs. However, if an applicant is above the threshold but there are “special” circumstances then they may ask the Education Council to consider their application.

The qualifying criteria for a local or overseas scholarship can be quite complicated and vary according to which type of degree or course you choose to take. For detailed lists and application forms see the Scholarship section of the following website: www.education.gov.ky/scholarship.

Technical Vocational Study Programmes (TVET)

To be considered for an overseas scholarship for a Technical/ Vocational Study Programmes (TVET) such as Auto Mechanics, Computer Engineering, Building Construction Technology or Radiography Technician you must have 5 higher level GCSE/ CXC subject passes with A, B or C grades including Maths and English Language, or 3 higher GCSE/CXC passes with A, B or C grades with 99 Foundation Maths and English with A or B grades from UCCI or ICCI. Alternatively you could also have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 or higher including Maths and English Language passes with A, B or C grades, or a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your first year of study at UCCI

GPA Explained: A GPA - or Grade Point Average - of 4.0 is the equivalent of an A, 3.5 GPA is the equivalent of a B+, 3.0 GPA is the equivalent of a B and a 2.0 GPA is the equivalent of a C. To qualify for an overseas scholarship to attend university, the student must finish with a GPA of at least 3.0 or 3 x A Levels at C grade.

or other Institution with professional or academic work in the desired course of study. Mature candidates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Scholarship Funding for Tertiary Education & University

In an effort to ensure that Caymanians have the opportunity to fulfil their educational and career goals, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Land (MEYSAL), through the Education Council and administered by the Scholarship Secretariat, offers scholarships and grants to all Caymanian students who qualify to pursue either a local or an overseas tertiary education course. Students can apply for an overseas scholarship between November 15th and January 31st annually, and a local scholarship between March 1st and April 30th. No late applications are accepted. Students need to apply to a university prior to their scholarship application, but they do not have to have received an acceptance letter prior to applying. The qualifying criteria for a scholarship varies depending on whether you are aiming to take a Technical and Vocational course, a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s or a PhD. The minimum age at which you can qualify for an overseas scholarship is 17, but the expectation is that you will turn 18 during that academic year. There is no upper age limit on applying for a scholarship.

Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

To be considered for an overseas scholarship to study a Bachelor’s degree programme you must have passed your AP, IB, A Levels, BTEC, SATs or Associate's Degree to a certain criteria set out in the Scholarship Secretariat’s application form. • International Baccalaureate (IB): You must have taken and passed the full IB diploma, must have 3 x higher Level IB certificates with a minimum of 13 points, and no grade lower than 4, and 2 x standard Level IB subjects at the 12th grade level with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25. Alternatively you can have 5 x standard level certificates with no grade lower than 4. • Advanced Placement (AP): The points system for APs has recently changed, so please refer to the scholarships website for current AP requirements. • A Levels/CAPE: Three A-Levels/CAPE Unit 2 with a minimum grade of Grade C/3 in each A Level/CAPE Unit 2. • Associate's Degrees: Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, or Associate level studies with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. • BTEC Level 3: Must have an Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM grade average, SAT score of 1500 (old SAT) OR 1100 (NEW sat) or ACT score of 22. However, The Education Council may award an overseas scholarship to students who do not have advanced standing (IB, A Levels, CAPE, AP) if they meet one of the following two criteria: 1) 7 x GCSE/CXC passes at A or B grade, including Mathematics and English, or 2) A combined cumulative High School GPA of 3.25 or higher and an SAT score of 1500 (old SAT) or 1100 (new SAT) or ACT score of 22. www.caymanparent.com


Undergraduate Funding Levels & Subsequent Years

To maintain your scholarship, you must achieve a 2.75 GPA or a 2:2 in the first year of study, and a 3.00 GPA or a 2:1 in your subsequent years. The Education Council has a requirement that you do at least 12 credits per semester/term in your first year and then 15 credits per term in the subsequent years. Overall, a Bachelor degree should take 120 credits to complete. Each year you should be doing a minimum of 30 credits for a four year course, and 40 credits for a three year course. The Secretariat’s annual audit of your scholarship will measure this and your funding may be suspended if you are taking less than the credit requirements. Funding comes in twice a year and is based on your declared expenses. Qualifying students can get funding of up to CI$20,000 per year for a maximum of four years. If they are reading Medicine then that can be extended to six years and beyond if the student is specialising in a chosen field and needs to take internships. Also based on budgetary considerations, mandatory summer funding can be made available to students once per degree, this is capped at $4,000 and is dependent on specific guidelines being met.

Undergraduate Application Process

The application form for an overseas scholarship is not unduly onerous. Applicants must apply online and a number of documents must be uploaded with your online application. These include your completed scholarship application form, your medical certificate, academic/character references, official high school or college transcripts, a passport photo, a personal statement, a degree plan outlining the courses to be taken throughout your programme of study, a letter of acceptance on your chosen course (and any transfer of credits where this is applicable), an Excel spreadsheet with all the costs outlined (tuition, housing, meals, flights, books, etc.) plus your birth certificate along with your Right to be Caymanian/Status Certificate and a cover letter. It is worth noting that the Scholarship Secretariat wants to know that you have looked into your course in great detail. They want to know exactly what modules you will be studying each year and whether there are any specific A Levels (like Maths) that you need to have taken to get into your chosen course. In the overseas scholarship application process there is a mandatory interview for short-listed undergraduate applicants. That interview includes at least two professionals in the field that the student wants to study at undergraduate level. The interview is to determine if the student is ready to undertake the study and whether they understand how they will apply their degree to a job. The panel of interviewers will then score the candidate and then give their recommendations on whether the student is ready, whether they understand the field that they are going to study and whether their university of choice is applicable. Some students choose a university because of a family attachment or because the university itself has been a popular choice with other students, rather than because of the course they can take or whether it is the best university for the subject they want to study. Your parent’s ability to assist financially will be taken into account for all scholarships, and a ‘Declaration of Income and Expenses’ for all sureties will be required to be submitted. You 80

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will then have to sign a student bond with your surety if you are awarded a scholarship committing you to a) successfully completing your proposed studies and b) then working in the Cayman Islands for a specific period of time after your studies finish. Having a surety is now only required if the student is under the age of 18; as of September 2018, all students over the age of 18 must stand as their own surety. If you fail to meet either of these two requirements you will have to repay all the scholarship funds that you have received. Having said that, you have a 12-month window in which you should return to Cayman after your degree finishes, or you can apply to the Council for an extension to your return date.

Tracking Undergraduate Scholarship Expenses

Each semester students must go through a detailed submission process for their scholarship funds to be continued, and in the process they must submit a detailed grade and transcript record, along with receipts of how the money they received was spent. All the paperwork will then be reviewed in great detail. The Scholarship Secretariat reviews the student’s expenditures to ensure that they were applied towards agreed fees/expenses, and then they review the student’s performance and grades. Only after this review is it determined whether the next disbursement of funding can be released. In addition to the Ministry of Education’s scholarships, students can also apply for a private sector scholarship as long as both scholarships do not exceed their total costs.

Although the process of getting a scholarship may seem overwhelming, the Secretariat must have a way of measuring that a student’s performance is within the requirements set by the Education Council. They also require the students to go through a costing procedure. Each student must fill in a spreadsheet which automatically tables their expenses and identifies the different costs which they should be thinking about (tuition, room and board, food, dorm supplies, school supplies, books, utilities, transportation at university, flights home, etc.).

Masters & PhD Scholarships

To be considered for a scholarship for a Masters or PhD, students must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or an Upper Second Class Degree (2:1) in their most recent degree. They must also have had work experience that is relevant to the course they have chosen to study. Those studying for a Master’s Degree can get up to CI$25,000 per year for two years, and those studying for a PhD can get up to CI$75,000 over three to five years.

Private Scholarships

There are numerous private scholarships available in the Cayman Islands and on successful application these can be combined with a government scholarship. The amount available annually varies, but the large law and accounting firms offer from US$20,000–US$30,000 per year. You will usually be required to work for the firm in your summer holidays and on completion of your degree. A list of the 2020/21 ‘Other Available Scholarships’ can be found on www.education.gov. ky under the scholarship tab.

Annual Scholarship Programme OVERVIEW

The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) Scholarship Programme represents the Government’s efforts to facilitate more Caymanian involvement in the tourism industry. It is designed for students who demonstrate a financial need and strong evidence of their desire and intent to pursue a Bachelors or Masters Degree in tourism or a tourism related discipline.


HIGHLIGHTS: •• A full scholarship can be awarded for a maximum of four years •• US$25,000 is available per academic year •• Partial scholarships may be awarded at the

Since its inception in 1996, this annual scholarship has awarded over 150 students full or partial scholarships. Many of these students have gone on to work full time in the tourism industry, and now some hold senior positions at the Department of Tourism and other tourism establishments. Historically MOT scholars have earned degrees in disciplines such as marketing, public relations and communications, tourism and environmental management, hotel management, travel tourism and hospitality and the visual arts at universities and colleges in the US, England and Canada.

committee’s discretion •• Students are required to return to Cayman and work in the tourism field for the period of time equivalent to their scholarship. •• Students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in the first year and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, with no failures thereafter. •• Scholars are required to complete at least one eight-week internship during their studies

REQUIREMENTS: •• Be Caymanian or hold Caymanian status •• Be between 17-25 years of age •• Be resident in the Cayman Islands for a

Alex Watler, 2014 Ministry of Tourism Scholar

Hannah Peralta, 2015 Ministry of Tourism Scholar

"It is an honour to be one of the few recipients to be given the opportunity to pursue a tourism related degree. With the assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, I was able to acquire a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in aircraft maintenance and engineering from the University of South Wales. This journey has allowed me to advance to the position of a Sr. Aircraft Mechanic with our national airline carrier, Cayman Airways. As a former scholar, my gratitude for the support of the Ministry has further driven my interest in aviation."

"Being awarded the scholarship from the Ministry of Tourism allowed me to successfully undertake an undergraduate degree in hospitality at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. I am beyond grateful for the support of the Minister of Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism, and its wonderful staff for the scholarship opportunity. Without it, pursing my higher education studies would not have been possible."

minimum of four years prior to applying •• Be accepted to a competitively ranked accredited institution and have the necessary academic background to achieve success •• Be a strong communicator with good interpersonal skills, work ethic and character

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted by the end of the first week of May. For further information please contact Tunisia Barnes at the Department of Tourism Tel: (345) 244 1252 Email: motscholarship@caymanislands.ky

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Saving for College


Saving for your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s university and college fees is something that ideally needs to be started when your child is very young. Here we offer some suggestions on how, with good and early planning, college fees can be saved without tipping the family finances over the edge. Plan, Plan, Plan

Discuss College Education Early

There are lots of online tools that can help you calculate how much you need to save. There is a particularly good one on the FINRA website: https://tools.finra.org/college_savings/

If you are struggling with where to begin, try starting with 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 principle; with you covering 1/3, the child being responsible for 1/3 (either through part-time work or student loans) and 1/3 being raised from scholarships or grants. If the plan involves your child taking responsibility for part of the

Saving for college is no different from any other financial goal in that it needs a plan. Your starting point is where you are today and what you have accumulated so far. Take an honest look at your current financial situation. From there, start to make some guesses as to how much you may need and when you will need it (the latter being the easier bit). Then, with the help of an online calculator, you can start to work out the monthly savings needed to get you to where you want to go.


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Having conversations early on with your child is critical to assessing how much you may need. Is there a burning desire to attend a top US university, or will they look to you for direction on where they should go? How much might you be able to fund and how much are you expecting them to fund themselves? It is important to have open and candid discussions with your children so that they have an understanding of the expectations being placed upon them.

funding, you will need their participation well before college starts. Keeping grades up and researching the scholarships takes work and dedication. Saving earnings from their part-time summer employment takes discipline. Creating a plan early on and sitting down to revisit it regularly is critical to success.

US versus the UK?

The tables below show how much money you would need to save and invest each month to send your child to university in the UK in 6 years, 12 years and 18 years, given different growth scenarios. This takes into consideration the current cost of tuition and living at GBP19,250 and assumes they increase at 3% per annum.

How Much Should I Save and for How Long?

For many in Cayman, the US is a logical choice, simply because it is closer. However, for both Caymanian and expat students, the UK is considerably cheaper. In the US, tuition fees tend to be between US$29,000 and US$55,000 per annum, with living costs adding another US$20,000 to US$30,000. In the UK, a Caymanian student will pay the local UK tuition fees of around £9,250 per year, with another £10,000 per year for living costs (not including flights to and from the UK). An expat student will pay ‘overseas fees’ of between £12,000 and £35,000 per year depending on the degree (lab based degrees, including Maths, incur higher fees). The fees for the UK are still a little over half of the cost of the US. Of course, adding another dimension to this is the fact that many parents will have two children (or more) overlapping at college at the same time. See ‘Applying to University or College’ on page 84 for more on the costs involved.

As you can see, you have to save a lot less per month if you give yourself more time. Growing your money at more than the rate of inflation is really important, as over time inflation erodes your purchasing power and means that you have to save more to get to the same point. Opening an account at Credit Union (for those who are eligible) will enable you to generate interest in the region of 2%-3% per annum. To grow your money at a higher rate, you will need to consider investing in the stock market. However, it is important to consider your time frame before jumping in. It is impossible to know whether the stock market will go up or down in the short-term, and therefore it is only a sensible option if you have some years ahead of you. Time enables you to ride out the ups and downs and benefit from the long-term growth.

Start Saving Early

Financial Commitments

It is never too early to get started. There is great power in making small and regular contributions over a long period of time. Per Month Investment (USD*) assuming 3% growth per annum Paying Full Amount

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One of the most important pieces of advice is to ensure that your college savings plan is considered alongside your other financial goals: retirement, caring for elderly parents, paying off mortgages, having emergency cash balances, etc. To put your college savings in context, it is worth seeking the advice of a professional financial planner. A good advisor will help you create a plan that is right for you, your priorities and your life. Look for someone who is dedicated to education. They will recommend the correct assets to invest in (investing in the stock market is not for everyone), and more importantly, they will act as your accountability partner to keep you on track over the years to come.

Final Word

As a final note, remember that your financial security is important too. Money is emotional and it is easier to give freely, without resentment or blame when your cup is full (or being filled). Money is not love, and love is not money. Teaching your children good financial planning practices will set them up for life, and help them pay off any student loans more quickly and efficiently. Sadly, there are no loans available for retirement. For that, you simply have to save! Who offers Educational Savings Plans in Cayman? You can talk to your bank about opening a savings account specifically to save money for your children’s college and university fees. Cayman National, Butterfield Bank and Scotiabank all offer Student Savers accounts. Alternatively, Cayman-based companies who offer advice on educational savings plans include Blacktower, Georgie Loxton at Liberty Wealth, BIAS and RBC Dominion Securities.



Applying to Overseas The path to university is not all about your grades, as your school’s college counsellor should advise you. Yes, universities will want to see your grades (passes as well as fails) from the start of Grade 9 (US) and Year 10 (UK) and these will all appear on your school transcript, but universities are interested in the whole student. They will want to see all the extracurricular activities you have taken part in, in the last four years of school, including community service, volunteer work, clubs you have joined, internships, work shadowing and any leadership training opportunities. Having said that, the vast majority of universities will have minimum academic entry requirements and these vary according to the university. The good news is that regardless of which country you studied in, and whether you took A Levels, the IB, SATs, APs or some other High School Diploma, universities understand the various scoring systems and will consider you if you have the grades they want. Please read on for a list of the various entry exams to university.

SAT & ACT Entrance Exams

Most American colleges and universities require students to take one of two standardised aptitude tests: the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or the ACT (American College Test). SATs are geared more towards testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, while the ACT tests what you have learned in High School. These tests are an easy way for colleges to compare all applications, and admissions officers will review your SAT or ACT scores alongside your High School GPA, recommendation letters from your teachers, your own personal statement – which should list, amongst other things, your extracurricular activities, work experience and charity work – and any other details including the classes you took in high school. Most High School students are encouraged to take the SAT twice. The first time in May of Grade 11 (their second to last year of High School) and the second time either in August or early October of Year 12. This will give you enough time to study over the summer holidays and take the test again, before early university applications are due on October 15th of Year 13 (UK system) and Grade 12 (US system). Students in Cayman can take the SAT at Cayman International School, even if this is not the school they are enrolled at. The test is offered in August, October, November, December, March, May and June, although you need to be registered 5 weeks before. The test is 3 hours long and includes a Maths portion and an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. You can also take an optional essay section, which is reported 84

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separately and takes an additional 50 minutes. Each section of the SAT is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale. The highest possible score is 1600, but 1200 is considered to be a very solid score. In 2018, a reported 2.1 million students took the SAT exam and 1.9 million students took the ACT exam. It is unclear how many students took both, but experts say it is now common practice for students to tackle both exams. The ACT exam includes four sections: English, Reading, Maths and Science and it also includes an optional 40 minute writing test. Each section of the ACT is scored on a scale from 1 - 36. Your final score is the average of your four-section scores. The maximum score you can receive is 36 and the average score is 21.

Note: You can take free full-length practice tests online for both the SAT and ACT.

A Levels

In the British school system, A Levels are the 2-year Advanced Level qualifications which universities use to gauge the academic level of a potential student. Students usually take 3 to 4 subjects and are graded A*, A, B, C, D and E.

It is worth noting that in Cayman, AS Levels are still taken in Year 12, although they have been phased out in the UK. This gives Cayman students an advantage, as their AS Level results give both the school and the university a benchmark to predict how the student will do at A Level in Year 13. AS Levels also contribute towards half of the marks of a full A Level. Students then have the chance of retaking their AS Levels in January of Year 13 if they need to. Some US and Canadian universities offer students credits for their first year if they have taken certain subjects at A Level, and these credits are applied when you get to the university. You often have a choice of whether you want to apply the credits at the beginning of the course, and skip a few semesters, or apply the credits at the end and completely blow your final result out of the water! The policy varies from university to university, so make sure to investigate what they offer. The benefit of delaying taking the credits is that you will ace your first years’ worth of courses (some of it might seem very easy after A Levels). This will potentially put you on the Dean’s List and line you up to get a scholarship or get access to better courses. Your university counsellor will advise you on your options. If the university does not want to give you credit for your A Level course, it is often because they don’t understand the depth of the course you took. In such cases, your Cayman school is

always very willing to send the US or Canadian university the syllabus of the course you took. Once they see this they will be far more likely to understand the depth and breadth of your A Level and be willing to give you credit for it.

Advanced Placements (AP)

Advanced Placement is a programme that allows students to take college-level courses whilst still in High School. About 40 courses are offered and these are scored 1 to 5 (5 being the highest). Students who score 3, 4 or 5, can request college

Top Tips for Applying to

Universities or Colleges Find out which Universities are ranked best for your chosen subject; you can Google “best universities for XYZ in England/USA/Canada” and get a good idea of which ones are highly ranked. You can also visit https:// unistats.ac.uk to compare official data on undergraduate courses at each university in the UK, and see what jobs and salaries graduates can expect after completing the course. Top Universities (www.topuniversities.com) lists courses which are available in the USA, UK and Australia. Pay Scale (www.payscale.com/college-salary-report) does the equivalent for North America but also ranks colleges by salary potential.

credits for the class. Many colleges accept AP classes as additional points to your GPA. For highly selective schools, such as Ivy League schools, it’s common for accepted applicants to have taken between 7 and 12 AP classes throughout high school. The average student will take about 5 AP courses.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is accepted by universities around the world and is highly regarded. It is a rigorous programme that focuses not only on academic performance, but also on students’ personal, ethical and emotional development. The programme is studied in Grades 11 and 12 and prepares students very well for the challenges of university. The curriculum is made up of three core components a) Theory of Knowledge (TOK); b) Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and c) the Extended Essay – plus six subject groups. Students must participate in all three core subjects and also choose one course from each of the six subject groups. The six subject groups are: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, maths and the arts. Three or four of these are taken at Higher Level, and the rest at Standard Level. Students sit exams for the Diploma Programme in May. They are graded from 1 to 7 (7 being the highest) for each of their six subjects. Additionally, the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay are also graded, and together can add up to an additional 3 points. The maximum score one can therefore

Decide whether you prefer a campus university, where all the facilities and accommodation are in one location, or a city university, where you have the upside of a more diverse social and cultural life, but will be split across locations and accommodation options. What location works best for you? Do you need to be near an international airport? Or on a direct flight path home? Whilst the quality of the course and University should be key factors, there will also be practical considerations to take into account. Try and do a tour of at least a couple of your favourite universities or colleges before applying; they can often feel quite different in reality to the prospectus. Make your personal statement as unique as possible; take a look at YouTube videos by college lecturers to gain insights into exactly what they are looking for. Don’t feel like College or University are the only routes to success; there are a huge number of vocational programmes in Cayman and overseas that may be more helpful for your planned career path. Talk to a school guidance counsellor if you’re unsure about what would suit you best.



achieve is 45. The pass rate is 24, and anything over 34 is considered very solid. When you start researching the subject you want to study, you will see what scores at IB that university want. For example, if someone wants to read medicine at university, they need to get an IB score in the 40s. Architecture would be in the high 30s. Because admission to US universities is decided in December or January and the IB examinations do not take place until the following May, places for IB students are often based on their predicted scores. The advanced nature of the IB curriculum is such that some US universities will allow IB students to go directly into the second year, thus shortening their degree course significantly.

Entry to a UK University

About 75% of students who go through the British schooling system in Cayman (Cayman Prep and St. Ignatius) go on to UK universities. The remainder go to US or Canadian universities and a diminutive percentage go to a local Cayman university. The main reason these students go to the UK is the cost: a Caymanian is eligible for ‘home fees’, which means that the tuition fees are a fixed £9,250 per year. With board and lodging, flights, books and extras on top, the all-inclusive cost of going to a UK university is in the region of £20,000/ US$28,000 per year. The US equivalent is US$12,000$80,000 per year for tuition alone. In contrast to US universities, where courses run for four years and start with a liberal programme covering many subjects, UK degree courses specialise right from the beginning and run for only three years, unless you are doing Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or studying a foreign language. Though note that standard degree courses in Scotland are four years, not three. There is also a lot of movement between countries now as many North American universities have partnerships with UK universities and offer a ‘Study Abroad’ term or year. This is a nice compromise for those students who really don’t know which country they want to study in! There is only one way to apply to a UK university and that is through UCAS. This centralised provider gathers all the student’s information and university choices, and then disseminates it to the universities your child has chosen. The cost of the UCAS application is £23. Students register with UCAS in June of Lower 6th Form (Year 12). Over the summer holidays students and their families research what courses are available at which universities. For most courses you can apply to up to five universities. If you want to read Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, however, you can only apply to four. You cannot apply to five universities for two or three different subjects though. Incidentally, if you want to apply to Oxbridge, you have to


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choose to apply for either Oxford or Cambridge – you cannot choose both. The UCAS application should include the student’s residency paperwork, a reference from school, choice of five universities, transcripts of all their grades (passes, as well as fails) from GCSE, CXC and AS Levels, their work experience record and their personal statement. The personal statement is a crucial part of the application and can take between 10 and 12 hours to complete. Cayman schools will check your statement, offer advice on what it should contain and edit it so that it is grammatically correct. For those students that have done SATs, APs or the IB, UK NARIC (www.naric.org.uk) is the UK’s national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications. The deadline for UCAS applications is October 15th for Oxbridge and January 15th for all other universities. It is very important that Cayman students do not leave their application until the deadline of January 15. The reason being that many universities come back with the ‘you have been assessed as an overseas student for fees purposes’, which will then trigger a fee appeal. If this happens, Cayman schools will speak on the student’s behalf and explain to the university that under this guideline and this law the student does qualify for home fees. Although there have been a few close calls, schools in Cayman have never lost a fee appeal. However, if you leave the application until January and there is a problem, then places may have already been offered and accepted by other students. In an ideal world, students get their UCAS applications in early, and by Christmas they know what their offers are and what grades they need to get in their exams that summer. It also helps when you are applying for a government scholarship which is unbelievably hard in terms of paperwork and what you need to gather - to know what courses and universities you are aiming for. Once applications have been assessed, universities either offer an unconditional place, a conditional place based on grades they want you to get, or they turn you down. Offers are always based on three A Level subjects; it will never be offered on four A Levels. A high-achieving student might take four A Levels though, as it will give them more UCAS Tariff Points, which, if applied by the university, will give the student greater flexibility over the grade combination needed to meet the university’s requirements. Once the student has received their offers, they have to confirm which one they will firmly accept, but are allowed to choose a second offer as an ‘insurance’ policy in case they do not get the grades required for their first choice. They then contact both the universities and discuss everything, including accommodation. At this point the only thing you don’t do is book your flight. Results then come out around August 20th and university begins a few weeks later.

Schools in Cayman are very clear on the fact that UK universities do not give students coming from overseas any advantage over UK resident students. The universities all know the qualification options (IB, APs, SATs) and there is a level that they want students to be at. Yes, there are overseas quotas that they have to fill, but they will not take the student if they don’t think they can get through the course. There is a general misconception on this fact amongst Cayman's parents.

information and how to apply. There is also the 'Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success', which is a group of US colleges and universities (about 140 in total) who have united in their mission to support lower-income, under-resourced, and/ or first-generation university students. They make sure that these students have access to financial aid and that the access to higher education is made clearer and easier. See www. coalitionforcollegeaccess.org for more information.

Students taking a gap year apply a year later, so already have their results. This is an advantage, as universities can tell the students right away “yes” or “no” based on their results. Cayman schools keep all the students’ references on file along with their grades and welcome past students back so they can work on their application.

Students interested in going to an American university create a profile in these portals, input a personal statement and then their current school fills in their part, which includes their GPA, curriculum, a transcript of their grades and subjects from Years 7 to 13, and teacher recommendations/references.

Entry to US Universities

As in the case of the UK, the US has a similar central portal called the 'Common App', which lists more than 800 colleges and universities. See www.commonapp.org for more

The 'Gap' Year

American universities accept students from all over the world, so they have to understand the different grading systems between A Levels, Advanced Placements, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and of course their own SAT and ACT tests. Cambridge University in England has done a lot of work lobbying Ivy League universities so that they understand the A Level system and what the various grades are worth. To work out your own GPA, go to www.cambridgeinternational.org, click on the ‘Programmes and Qualifications’ link and then the ‘Recognition and Acceptance’ section.

Entry to Canadian Universities

According to the Gap Year Association, taking a break before or after university has numerous benefits for the student. There are reams of anecdotal and qualitative data on the positive reasons for taking a Gap Year and these include such things as increased maturity, greater ownership of the student's education, increased selfawareness, greater global awareness, fluency in a foreign language and, of course, the self-confidence earned from successfully completing a Gap Year.

Ontario has the vast majority of the universities in Canada, and similar to UCAS and Common App, Ontario has the ‘Ontario Universities Application Centre' (OUAC) where you will input your application, list your chosen course and universities, and upload your grades, personal statement and references amongst other things. For all other universities, including McGill in Quebec, you will have to apply to the schools directly. All-in, the fees plus living expenses are about CA$27,000 (US$20,000) per year, so Canada is a good option for Cayman students.

Students have reported that their year away helped them socially and gave them something interesting to say in conversations, in essays and in job applications. They felt that their year away helped confirm their choice of career and academic major, and it added to their employability. If you are planning on taking a Gap Year, make sure that you have a good Gap Year plan and that whatever you do is worthwhile, has value and will feed into your course. There are lots of fabulous Gap Year websites which can give you an idea of great things to do on your year off.

Canadian universities understand the British GCSE and A Level system, as well as the IB. It is worth looking at the admissions requirements for each Canadian university which you are interested in. For example, the University of Toronto requires a minimum predicted IB score of 27, and higher for more competitive subjects. If you have gone through the British system they require at least five IGCSE/GCSE subjects and four AS Levels or three A Levels. They do not generally accept people who have taken BTEC courses unless the BTEC includes sufficient academic content. For those that have gone through the US system in high school, a Canadian university will want to know your GPA and will look at your results in Grade 11 and 12. They do not require SAT or ACT test scores although they may request them if your GPA is lower than they want.

The British schools we spoke to in Cayman were all very much in favour of students taking a Gap Year. Gap years are also becoming increasingly popular in the US and colleges such as Harvard particularly encourage this practice. However, it’s important to note that a 2018 study by UKcompany The Leap reported that only 10% of Gap Years were fully self-funded.

TOP TIP: Caymanian students with the right grades can apply for a Cayman Islands Government and/or private scholarship to pay for some (and sometimes all) of the costs associated with going to university. See page 77 for more on this.



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Local Colleges

With the local post-secondary landscape developing rapidly, it’s no surprise that a number of students are choosing to stay in Cayman when pursuing their higher education degrees. With an incredible location and competitive fee schedules, Cayman has also become a hotspot for foreign students to come to study professional degrees, especially in the fields of Law and Medicine. University College of the Cayman Islands

The 1980s were a key time for the development of tertiary education options in the Cayman Islands. The Governent at the time made it a priority to centralise the administration of Cayman's handful of tertiary education options, and so three privately owned schools were combined to create one college. One of the schools focused on Hotel Training, the second on Marine and Trades, and the third on the Secretarial/Business sectors and by becoming one school they were named the Community College of the Cayman Islands. The name was later changed to the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI). Fast forward to 2019 and today UCCI offers international accreditation on its courses and has 1,200 students and 70 full-time faculty and staff. They also have international partnerships with other universities and so students enjoy various options to study abroad while local students have many internship opportunities. They have a very strong STEM programme, thanks in part to the establishment of the Dr Wm. Hrudey Observatory in 2012. Their Associates, Bachelor and Masters programmes work well alongside UCCI's strong Performing Arts programme that includes a choir, a dance troupe and a multi-awarded steelpan band, the UCCI Pandemix. 88

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A few years ago, those in the local hotel and restaurant industry recognised that Cayman would benefit from a hospitality school, and so UCCI's School of Hospitality Studies was born. The school offers an internationally accredited hospitality/tourism studies programme that aims to meet existing and future needs of the Islands' tourism industry. UCCI also houses the Island’s only official Microsoft IT Academy for the preparation, training and testing of a variety of Microsoft certification exams, and more recently, UCCI have begum offering a post-graduate diplomas in Education, and the Becker CPA Review Programme.

International College of the Cayman Islands

Established in 1970, the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) is the longest standing institution of post-secondary education in Cayman. With humble beginnings as a not-for-profit organisation, the school has long been known as the birthplace of higher education in the Cayman Islands. The school offers online and face-toface classes and awards certificates, Associate, Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Since 2002, it has been accredited both locally and by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in the US, and the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities

(ASIC) in the UK. With a key focus on career placement and personal development, it’s no surprise that placement rates of ICCI graduates for 2015, 2016, and 2017 were 100%, 91% and 100% respectively.

The Truman Bodden Law School

The Cayman Islands Law School, later renamed to the Truman Bodden Law School, was established in 1982, and has been affiliated with the University of Liverpool in the UK since its inception. This association validates and awards the undergraduate and Masters Degree programmes. The University of Liverpool is a Russell Group University (equivalent to the US Ivy League) and the degree is internationally recognised. With recognition also given by the Joint Academic Quality and Standards Committee of England and Wales, as a qualifying law degree, graduates are able to pursue postgraduate professional qualifications in both Cayman and the UK. In addition to the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, the school also offers a Masters in international Financial (LL.M) and a Professional Diploma in International Law (PGDip). As such, it has established itself as a well-respected and internationally-recognised institution that is positioned in a key global financial centre.


University College of the Cayman Islands Transformative • Inclusive • Nation building UCCI, Cayman's premier provider of tertiary education, has become the institution of choice for Caymanians and residents alike, as they are able to experience the demands of a University environment right on their doorstep. As a cornerstone for economic prosperity in Cayman, UCCI develops innovative graduates through its educational, cultural and social activities. We believe in equal educational opportunities and in enhancing employability through quality training in academic and vocational pursuits.

Programmes Offered:

Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees • Certificate programmes • Professional developement programmes • Continuing education • TVET and IT courses • Customised training • Pre-College • Year 12 dual entry programmes • Business solutions • External exam preparations.

Other Local Further Education Options

St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine Cayman has a thriving medical school called St. Matthew’s which attracts most of its student population from America and other overseas countries. Students complete five semesters (three semesters a year) of Basic Science and Pre–Clinical studies in Grand Cayman, and are then transferred to do clinical rotations at teaching hospitals in the US, Canada or UK to complete their medical degree programme. St. Matthew's also has a school of veterinary medicine where students have to complete seven semesters (three per year) of Basic Science instruction in Grand Cayman before doing a year of clinical instruction overseas. Northwestern Caribbean Baptist Theological Seminary Cayman's first seminary, founded in conjunction with Dr. Randy Von Kanel and the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, offers coursework towards a Bachelor's Degree taught by credentialed professors. Students can also study for a Master’s Degree through online work with an accredited US seminary. University of the West Indies, Cayman (UWI) The UWI Open Campus is a virtual campus delivering accredited undergraduate and graduate-degrees.

For websites and contact information for these institutions, see The Listings on page 107.

Truman Bodden Law School A first rate legal education

The Truman Bodden Law School offers a world class legal education that is validated and awarded by the University of Liverpool, a “Russell Group” UK university (equivalent to US “Ivy League”). Classes are small, intellectually challenging, stimulating and offer excellent career opportunities both within the legal profession and elsewhere.

Programmes Offered:

Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree (LL.B) (both part time and full time) • Postgraduate Professional Practice Course (PPC) • Masters in International Finance: Law and Regulation (LL.M) & Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in International Law (both part time and full time)


Please contact UCCI directly for costs, application deadlines, start dates and educational requirments. See FB: @OfficialUCCI and IG: @UCCI345

Annual fees: CI$6,000-CI$16,000 per year depending on degree and whether you are Caymanian or non-Caymanian Annual University of Liverpool registration fees: £655£1500 Part-time LL.B: £1,500 per subject Academic Year 2019-20: Opens September 23rd 2019

Grand Cayman (345) 623 8224 | Cayman Brac (345) 623 0540 info@ucci.edu.ky | www.ucci.edu.ky

(345) 945 0077 | Old CIBC Building, 54 Edward St mitchell.davies@gov.ky | www. lawschool.gov.ky




Trade & Vocational

Training Courses

There are a large range of excellent vocational training options in Cayman, which could be a good choice for students wanting to learn the practical skills theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to launch their chosen career. Below is a run-down of some of the options available. Auto Repair & Maintenance

Inspire Cayman Training offers two automotive courses: an Introduction to Automotive and Automotive-Maintenance and Light Repair course. Both have been developed using the standards of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The trainees that complete the courses have the opportunity to become ASE Entry-Level certified. For more information see www.inspirecaymantraining.com.

UCCI also offers a 9-month programme which takes you to Level II and III. You can then take an exam with the Institute of Motor Industry.

Beauty Technician Courses

Cayman Career Academy (CCA) is a new spa and beauty school located in Smith Road Plaza. First in the Caribbean to offer world-renowned CIDESCO diplomas, CCA is open to anyone over the age of 17 who is interested in pursuing a career in beauty therapy. They currently offer the full Beauty Therapy course which takes 11 months to complete, a three month post-graduate course for already-trained technicians, and certificates in both Body Therapy and Facial Aesthetics which take six months each to complete. Students receive theoretical and practical training, obtain expertise and a CIDESCO certificate that will ensure they stand out to employers. Day, evening and online class options and scholarships available. They also offer excellent payment plans. For more information see www.caymancareeracademy.ky or call (345) 945 6969.

Boat Training

Aside from helping beginners learn the ropes, boat training can help boost employability, give companies formal safety qualifications and even lower boat insurance. For private/ non-commercial boat owners, training courses can often significantly lower your insurance costs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make sure to ask your insurer about discounted rates. Go Pro Diving offer two boat training certifications which are administered by an agency called MTCI (Maritime Training & Certification International). This agency is recognised by Malta and is compliant with the newly drafted Caribbean Small Commercial Vessel Code. Go Pro Diving offer the Level I Small Power Boat Operations course which is intended for new and seasoned recreational boaters wanting a license. They also offer the Level II commercial boating license which trains and certifies people for carrying passengers, taking night passages, and travelling a further distance off shore. For more 90

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information call Ash McKnight on (345) 925 9092 or see their very informative website: www.goprocayman.com. Pro Yacht (345 945 4676) is an International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT) authorised training and instructor school offering certified courses for all levels of boaters ranging from Personal Watercraft and VHF Communications to the most popular course, Small Powerboat and RIB Master. IYT is officially recognised by the Cayman Government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), making it a valuable qualification in the boating industry. You must be 16 or over to take this course and be mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft. Other powerboat courses can be taken at Cayman Powerboat School (345) 916 8487.


UCCI offers various courses which will help those get a job in the construction industry: a) Building Maintenance: this programme is run in conjunction with Dart. Part I is devoted to Electrical Service Maintenance, Part II to Plumbing Service Maintenance and Part III to AC System Maintenance. This programme is primarily aimed at Building Maintenance Personnel who are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of services in Commercial and Public Buildings. It is intended to provide a solid foundation in Building Systems Maintenance and Control for Plumbing, Electrical, Air-Conditioning and Security Systems.

Note: a course in Safe Working Practice is mandatory prior to commencing the programme. This is conducted by an OSHA-authorised Instructor in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Pensions.

b) Fundamentals of Construction: This programme runs over three semesters (classroom and workshop-based) and although it is designed for practitioners in the construction sector (who require theoretical skills upgrading), it is also suitable for those wishing to gain insight into the many facets of construction work. The objectives are to instil sound working practices, develop an appreciation for the technologies involved, upgrade existing levels of competence and develop an awareness of building regulations and specifications. c) Project Management: This is a one semester course (classroom-based) which is intended for persons employed

Occupational Safety & Health

Risk Consultancy Services Ltd. (RCS) offers a 30-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health) training programme in rigging and lifting procedures for crane operations, fall protection training, scaffold building, forklift operator training, hazardous material handling, fire warden training and PHTLS training (prehospital trauma life support). Call Julius Jacky on (345) 326 1007 or email: Julius.jacky@rcs.ky for more information.

Plumbing, Electrical & Electrical Technology Courses

in the construction industry. It aims to expose participants to the managerial aspects of the construction industry and is designed to give an introduction to the Project Delivery System.


Using the proven curriculum of Code Fellows, both UCCI and Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) are partnering to create Cayman’s first Code Academy (CCA) (starting in October 2019). The programmes offered allow those with little or no experience to enter the world of programming, and it allows those with some level of programming experience to be credited with that experience and to then progress in the field.

For more information see UCCI’s website - www.ucci.edu. ky - or contact Cayman Code Academy on (345) 945 3722 or info@caymancodeacademy.com

Computer Technician Certificate

UCCI offers a one-year lab-based Computer Technician Certificate that has been designed to conform to Industry Standard Certifications such as CompTIA (A + Certification) and Microsoft (MCTS and MCITP).

Dive Instructor Training

If you are looking to make scuba diving your career, then you will have to become a PADI Dive Master before you can take the PADI Dive Instructor training course. Go Pro Diving offers all levels of dive training up to Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and they regularly work with the Fire Department, UCCI and CIFEC.

For more information call Ash McKnight on (345) 925 9092 or see their website - www.goprocayman.com.

Hospitality & Culinary

UCCI offers various City & Guild courses including a threemonth Food & Beverage Service (Food Service and Bartending) course and a nine-month Culinary Arts (Food Preparation, Baking and Garden Manager) course (Levels II and III).

Inspire Cayman Training (ICT) is offering NCCER and ASE certified courses in craft professions (Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Construction Craft Labourer). Partnering with Caribbean Utilities Company, ICT strives to help Caymanians get on the road to employment by training them in skills that are useful in the field. Courses are taught at Grade 8 standard. ICT provides portable credentials to all trainees. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. Trainees must achieve a passing score of 70% or greater on the module test and performance profile to earn a certification.

For more information see www.inspirecaymantraining.com.


UCCI offers multiple technical and vocational courses which include working in the field with employers who offer the practical side of the training. The courses include: a) Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: This one year course prepares students to take the Level III City & Guild exam. They will then be prepped for the international license. b) Plumbing: This course prepares students to take the Level I, II and III City & Guild exams. They will then be prepped for the international license. c) Electrical Installation: Students can take Level II and III exams in Cayman and then they are prepared for the ICC (International Code Council) International Residence Code Exam. d) Electro-Technology: This course prepares students to work in the electronics and power generation fields. UCCI offers Level I which takes six months to complete, Levels II and III which both take nine months, and then there is a 15-week Prep Course. They then take exams set by the ICC. All four of the above courses involve an official apprenticeship as supervised experience.

Community Vocational Training Centre

The CVTC offer a course on how to do electrical wiring. The course is free, open to students aged 17+ and there are no entry requirements. The course is held in the evening from 6pm-8pm. Call Allan Moore on (345) 917 7320.



Personal Trainer Certification Courses

Fitness Connection located in South Sound, runs ongoing ISCA programmes in kick boxing, personal training and Mat Pilates, AEA (Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification), as well as SAI swimming instructor training courses. The instructor/owner, Laura Ribbins, has been an international training specialist for over 30 years. Call Laura Ribbins on (345) 949 8485 or email fitness@fitness.ky for more information. Bliss Living Yoga (Tel: (345) 949 9642) and Body Works (Tel: (345) 945 6485) both offer the Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga Teacher course. All these courses give you an internationally recognised qualification.

Police Service/Fire Service/Prison Service

All of the public safety offices receive a huge number of applicants: for example, in 2018 over 600 people applied for 5 posts in the Boarder and Customs Department. With Caymanians getting preferential treatment, most of the public safety training schemes are filled by Caymanians. However, this shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop you from applying should you fulfil the other criteria. For the first time since its 1907 conception, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) are allowing expats who have legally resided on-Island for 4+ years to apply for the force. The requirements are the same for both Caymanian and nonCaymanian applicants, although Caymanians will continue to get preferential treatment. Applicants must be between 1840 years old, hold a Group 2 or above CI driving licence, have a minimum of a High School Diploma and/or 2 CXCs or equivalent (including Maths and English language) and be computer literate. You must then pass a written entrance exam, the physical bleep test (to level 5.4), an interview and a medical examination to be admitted on to the 16-week training programme. During the training programme, recruits may also participate in live investigations or major policing events under close supervision. There is then a 2-year probation period as a uniformed officer on the front line before being eligible to transfer into a detective or specialist unit, such as CID or K-9.


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For more information see www.rcips.ky or contact localrecruits@rcips.ky. Firefighting is an extremely physical career path, and so to join the Cayman Islands Fire Service you must be over 18 years of age, be able to regularly lift 20-30lbs, and occasionally lift up to 165lbs in a Fireman Carry (across the shoulders). All officers have to complete a Trainee Firefighter course which is a comprehensive course in both the Domestic Division (structure/ motor vehicle fires etc.) and the Aerodrome Division (aircraft fires, land and sea search and rescue, etc.), which gives you an internationally recognised certification in Aeronautical Firefighting. They also offer internships which are a great way to get involved with the service early on.

For more information see www.cifs.gov.ky or call Tel: (345) 949 0268.

To join Her Majestyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cayman Islands Prison Service (H.M.C.I.P.S) the requirements are as follows: you must be 18 or over, have 3 high school pass grades (inc. Maths and English), and a clear criminal record. The recruitment process involves three stages: ffirst, a written exam, then a fitness test (where you must run a mile under 10 minutes, do press-ups, sit-ups and shuttle-runs) and finally an in person interview. If successful, you will begin a 9-week training course comprised of classroom work and field based training that will lead to an open contract (for Caymanians) and a two-year contract (for non-Caymanians).

Tel: (345) 640 3000 or email prisoncareers@gov.ky.

TOP TIP: UCCI also offers a wide variety of stand-alone courses, which are taken over a 2 to 14-week period. These courses include: Cake Decorating, Conversational Spanish, English as a Second Language, Real Estate, QuickBooks, Fashion Design, Videography, Photography, Customer Service, Costume Jewellery Making, Wine Appreciation, Computer Aided Designs and much more.

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1. Take notes in different colours The different colours will help you remember the content more easily. If you’re not into colours, notes in blue ink are easier to remember than those in black.

6. Testing, testing… Rather than reading the same text again and again, test yourself by reading a passage once, closing the book and trying to write the main points on a blank piece of paper.

2. Make your own whiteboard If you don’t have a whiteboard at home, use a dry erase marker on a mirror or window if you need to make notes. Use a cloth or piece of damp paper to remove marks.

7. The sound of music Listening to chilled out classical music or natural sounds whilst studying has been proven to help focus and improve productivity and mood.

3. Boost your self esteem If you are feeling low and dispirited about your school work, write some positive affirmations and stick them next to your bed. Say them to yourself before bed and when you wake up.

8. Adopt the ‘Pomodoro Technique’ Choose a task; set a timer for 25 minutes; work without allowing distractions until it dings; take a 5 minute break. Repeat up to 4 times before taking a proper break (30 mins+).

4. Pi shortcut? To remember the digits of pi, just memorise the sentence – “May I have a large container of coffee?”. Count the number of letters in each word, and you have it – 3.1415926!

9. Jump around! Make sure you get up and get your blood flowing at least every hour to boost energy levels and cognitive function.

5. Little and often If you’re studying for a test, space out study time and spend 20 minutes a day for 3 nights rather than 60 minutes the day before. Spacing out study time is nearly twice as effective.

10. Mix up your working environment Studying in the same place every time can dampen productivity and creativity. Try having a study session in the library or head to a coffee shop.

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Preschools, Primary & High Schools, Home Schooling, Tutoring, Special Needs Nurseries & Preschools The Achievement Center 197 Shamrock Road, next to Red Bay Primary. Tel: (345) 947 5050 Email: achieve4u@ hotmail.com Ages: 12 months to 5 years Monthly Fees: CI$600. Bright Start Learning Centre 7 Mile Shops, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 3017 Email: brightstartmail@gmail. com Ages: 6 weeks-5 years Monthly Fees: CI$475-CI$660. Cayman Academy Accepts children from 2 years 9 months - 18 years. See page 98. Cayman International School Accepts children from 2 years-18 years. See pages 98 and 99.

Discovery Kids Preschool Sigma Building, 93 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 5437 Email: dkids.ky@ gmail.com Web: www.discoverykidscayman. com Ages: 6 weeks-5 years Monthly Fees: CI$400-CI$600. FBCS WEE Care 920 Crewe Road, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 949 0691 Email: weecare@fbcs.edu.ky Web: www.weecare.edu.ky Ages: 3 months-4 years 9 months Monthly Fees: CI$650$805. Grace Christian Academy Accepts children from 3 years-18 years. See page 101. Island Montessori 491 Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 525 3222 Email: info@islandmontessori.

Island Montessori

Creating lifelong learners (ages 12 months – 7 years)

Island Montessori has bright and spacious classrooms with a huge 1.5 acre garden with shade trees, nature trails to explore, and areas for play, learning and sports. The outstanding team of highly qualified teachers nurture each child’s potential and they encourage independence, inquisitiveness and a love of active learning. Their Nest, Toddler and Casa Programmes follow the Montessori curriculum enhanced by the UK/Cayman Early Years Framework, with Reception and Primary classes aligned fully to the UK Curriculum. All classes are underpinned by a belief that children should be active, and outdoor learning is blended into each day. The school also incorporates the use of specialist subject and SEN teachers to support children of all abilities.


org Web: www.islandmontessori.org Ages: 12 months-7 years (Nursery - Year 2) Monthly Fees: From CI$900. Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School 39 Columbus Close, off Walkers Road, GT. Tel: (345) 949 4080 Email: littletrotters@ candw.ky Website: littletrotters.ky Ages: 18 months-5 years Monthly Fees: CI$875CI$1,060. Montessori By the Sea Accepts children from 21 months-12 years. See page 101. Montessori del Sol 11 Hinds Way, off Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 3222 Email: montessori@candw.ky Web: www. montessoridelsol.com Ages: 18 months-6 years Monthly Fees: CI$950-CI$1035.

Island Montessori

Island Montessori

Island Montessori

Highly qualified and experienced class and specialist teachers • 1.5 acres of shade trees, natural gardens, outdoor learning, play and sports areas Bright and spacious classrooms • Montessori pre-school • English/Cayman curriculum primary classes.


Principal: Clare Thorpe Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30am-5pm Monthly Fees: Start at CI$900 Age Range: 12 months - 7 years (Nursery to Year 2)

(345) 525 3222 | info@islandmontessori.org | www.islandmontessori.org | 491 Crewe Road, George Town www.caymanparent.com


Montessori School of Cayman 519





Smith Road Tel: (345) 943 7077 Email:

Ages: 18 months-5 years Monthly Fees:




Town. Tel: (345) 949 0202 Email: info@



weeks-5 years Monthly Fees: CI$495-

Triple C School


Accepts children from 3 years-18 years. See



caymanmontessori.com Ages: 18 months-6



page 101.

years Monthly Fees: CI$675-CI$995. Sister Janice's Early Learning Centre Rite Start Daycare & Preschool

41 Desmond Drive, George Town. Tel: (345)

Truth For Youth School

Shamrock Road, Savannah Tel: (345) 945

949 2524 Email: sisterjanicepreschool@

Accepts children from 4 years 9 months -11

3432 Email: ritestartcayman@hotmail.com

yahoo.com Ages: 3 months - 4 years

years. See page 103.

Ages: 3 months-4 years Monthly Fees:

Monthly Fees: CI$475. Village Montessori

CI$500-CI$600. Sprogs Garden Playschool

94 Solaris Avenue, Camana Bay. Tel: (345)

832 Walkers Road, George Town Tel: (345)


64 Courts Road, Off Eastern Avenue, GT. Tel:

746 7529 Email: info@agardenplayschool.

starfish.ky Web: www.starfishvillage.com/

(345) 945 0441 Email: stgeorgespreschool@

com Website: www.sprogs.ky Ages: 1 - 5

village-montessori Ages: 18

years Monthly Fees: CI$500-CI$1,400.

years Monthly Fees: CI$985-CI$1,025.

St. George’s Anglican Preschool






villagemontessori@ months-9

org.ky Ages: 2 years-5 years Monthly Fees: CI$125-CI$450.

Tiny Tots Academy 109 Hinds Way, off Walkers Road, GT. Tel:

Education – Government Primary

St. Ignatius Catholic School/Early Years

(345) 623 8687 Email: tinytotsacademy.


ky@gmail.com Ages: 6 weeks-5 year

Bodden Town Primary School

Monthly Fees: CI$525-CI$725 per month.

6 Condor Road, Bodden Town. Tel: (345) 947

599 Walkers Road, George Town Tel: (345)

2288. Catchment Area: East of Beach Bay

949 9250 Email: general@st–ignatius.com Web:




years Monthly Fees: CI$1,014.

Treasure Garden Preschool

Road, continuing up to Breakers and including

19 Elroy Arch Road, off Smith Road,


George Town. Tel: (345) 943 6230 Email: Shining Stars Childhood Care & Education Centre 17 Pasadora Place, Pines Road, off


Creek Infant & Spot Bay Primary School (Brac)

Web: www.treasuregardenpreschool.com

Tel: (345) 948 0226. Creek Infant School,

Village Montessori

It takes a village (ages 18 months – 9 years) Located in Camana Bay, Village Montessori, is a fully licensed private school which prides itself on being a unique and innovative environment where children experience inclusion, culture, respect and a sense of community. Children are given the opportunity to develop independence in an educational environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning.

Curriculum: The school follows the Montessori Method which allows children to learn at their own pace according to their own capabilities in a non-competitive environment. The children experience the excitement of learning through their independent daily activities.


Children are given the skills and knowledge to become productive members of their community. The school’s environment encourages children to be respectful of themselves, others and their surroundings. They employ certified teachers who work collaboratively with parents and the children.


Principals: Jeifrene Small, Traci Bradley Student Population: 90 Annual Fees: Depending on full or half days CI$985-1025 per month Afterschool Care: Monthly fee $200 Age Range: Accepts children from ages 18 months to 9 years.

(345) 640 7827 | info@starfish.ky | www.villagemontessori.ky | 94 Solaris Ave, Camana Bay 96

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located on 28 Student Drive in Cayman Brac,


covers Reception to Year 3. Spot Bay Primary

Veronica Juman-Khan. Catchment Area: All

44 Fountain Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949

School, which is located on 170 Spot Bay Road,

of Little Cayman.

3314. Catchment Area: North of Government

school is located on two different sites but is

Prospect Primary School

West Bay.

managed and run by the same team.

169 Poindexter Road, Prospect. Tel: (345)





Cayman Brac covers Years 4, 5 and 6. The

East End Primary School

Sir John A. Cumber Primary School

House up to Cobalt Coast and including all of

947 8889. Catchment Area: From Prospect

West End Primary School (Brac)

Drive eastward, to the west side of Spotts-

10 East West End Road, Cayman Brac. Tel:

17 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 947

Newlands Road and the west side of Chime

(345) 948 1425. Catchment Area: West end

7428. Catchment Area: East of the Frank Sound

Street on the Bypass /East/West Arterial

of Cayman Brac, up to Faith Hospital on the

junction, and including all of East End to Colliers.

(including all of Prospect Park, Patrick’s

north side of the Island, and correspondingly

Island, Ocean Club, Cascades Drive etc.).

across the Island to the south coast.

Edna M. Moyle Primary School 907 North Side Road, North Side. Tel: (345) 947

Red Bay Primary School

9516. Catchment Area: All of Frank Sound up to

271 Shamrock Road, Red Bay. Tel: (345)

Old Man Bay (west) and to Cayman Kai.

947 6333. Catchment Area: South side of

George Town Primary School

Education – Government High Schools & CIFEC

Memorial Avenue, along Walkers Road to

Clifton Hunter High School

Maple Road and south side of Smith Road,

311 Frank Sound Road, Frank Sound. Tel:

168 School Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949

both sides of Crewe Road bordered by Owen

(345) 947 7353. Catchment Area: All areas

2689. Catchment Area: South of Government

Roberts Drive to the North, and South Sound

on the east side of Spotts-Newlands Road

House up to Memorial Avenue. North along

to the South Sound Boarder on the east side

and the east side of Chime Street, the Bypass

Walkers Road to Maple Road, and east along Smith

of Victory Avenue.

or the East/West Arterial.

Road up to the Crewe Road airport junction. Plus the area that is north of Airport Road, through the

Savannah Primary School

John Gray High School

Junction in Industrial Park, and all areas north and

1659 Shamrock Road, Savannah. Tel: (345)

73 Academy Way, George Town. Tel: (345)

east past the airport up to North Sound.

947 1344. Catchment Area: East side of

949 9444. Catchment Area: The west side of

Spotts-Newlands Road to Beach Bay Road,

Spotts-Newlands Road, and the west side of

Little Cayman Education Service

and including the greater Pedro area.

Tel: (345) 948 1052 Email: veronica.juman-

Montessori del Sol Nurturing curious and creative minds

Chime Street, the Bypass or the East/West Arterial.

Montessori del Sol

(ages 18 months – 6 years)

Montessori del Sol provides an authentic Montessori programme for children from the age of 18 months to six years. They nurture every child’s potential in a warm and caring environment.


Located in the heart of South Sound • Authentic Montessori programme • Dedicated, highly trained and experienced staff • Unique outdoor environment with lots of shade trees where children can play and explore • Bright, spacious classrooms • Full complement of Montessori materials • Children’s lessons include Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Maths and Culture

Further Details:

Open: 7.30am-3.30pm (with after care until 4.30pm) Monthly fees: Toddlers CI$985-CI$1,175 Casa: CI$950-CI$1,035 Summer camp available (345) 949 3222 | 11 Hinds Way, off Walkers Road montessori@candw.ky | www.montessoridelsol.com

Shining Stars Education Centre (ages 6 weeks – 5 years) Our stars shine the brightest

Adjacent to George Town Hospital, Shining Stars fosters the holistic development of your child. Following the Cayman Islands Early Years Curriculum, children learn through play with emphasis on four areas of development: exploration, respect, communication and well-being. Shining Stars promotes a Christcentred atmosphere.


Awesome staff and facility with CCTV • Cayman Islands Early Years Curriculum • Chef-prepared nutritious meals and snacks included • Safe, fun and bright environment with great outdoor playground • Check out their new primary school: Cayman Christian Primary School

Further Details: Open: 7am – 6pm Monday through Friday

Monthly Fees Full Time: CI$650 (part time: CI$495) Monthly Fees Nursery (Ages 6 weeks - 12 months): CI$775

(345) 943 7077 or 936 7077 | 17 Pasadora Plc, George Town shiningstarscayman@gmail.com | www.shiningstarscayman.com www.caymanparent.com


Layman E. Scott High School (Brac)


941 A. Dennis Foster Road, Cayman Brac Tel:

Ages: 2 years 9 months-18 years Student



Kindergarten-Grade 2: CI$15,650. Grades

(345) 948 2226. Catchment Area: All areas of

population: 313 Fees per year: Pre-K–Grade


Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

6: CI$4,695; Grade 7–12: CI$7,086. Average


class size: 20-25 Curriculum: Cayman Islands

size: 15. Curriculum: American. IB Diploma,

CI Further Education Centre (CIFEC)


IB Certificates, United States High School

515 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345)

Examinations Council).




3 days/week: CI$7,950. Pre-K4: CI$13,050. CI$18,050.Grades 9-12:







949 3285 Email: DThompson@cifec.edu.ky Director: Ms. Delores Thompson Ages: 16-

Cayman Christian Primary School/KG Year

18 Curriculum: CIFEC offers BTEC vocational


courses at Levels 1-3, which are the

Smith Road

equivalent of GCSE (level 2) and AS Levels



ky. High School site: 559 Walkers Road, GT.

(level 3). Each BTEC programme includes an

www.caymanchristianschool.com Ages: 5–6

Tel: (345) 949 9115 Email: hsoffice@cayprep.

internship with an employer.

years Application fee: CI$100 Monthly fees

edu.ky Web: www.cayprep.edu.ky Ages: 4–18

(2019-20): Kindergarten: 5 days/week 7am-

years Registration fee: CI$300 Annual fees:

Education – Private, Primary & High Schools





Cayman Prep & High School off

Primary School site: 242 Smith Road, GT. Tel:

Tel: (345) 943 7077 Email:

(345) 949 5932 Email: psoffice@cayprep.edu.

6pm including meals and snacks: CI$900 per

Kindergarten-Year 6: CI$10,700, Years 7–13:

month Curriculum: American/Abeka.


Calvary Baptist Christian Academy



Primary School: 522 Student Population High

191 Walkers Road, George Town Tel: (345)

Cayman International School

School: 455 Maximum class size: 25 (24 in KG)

946 5834 Email: info@cbca.edu.ky Ages:

95 Minerva Drive, Camana Bay. Tel: (345)

with all infant classes (KG to Year 2) staffed by are qualified teacher and a Learning Assistant.

5 years-18 years Annual fees: Grade 5:

945 4664 Email: cis@cis.ky Web: www.

CI$5,800, Grades 6–12: CI$6,000 Average

caymaninternationalschool.org Ages: 2–18

Curriculum: British based. IGCSE, GCSE, AS


years Student population: 770 (approximate)

and A Levels (Cambridge International and


Welsh examination boards).





Accelerated Christian Education (ACE).





(2019-20): Nursery: 5 days/week (½ day): Cayman Academy

CI$11,050, 5 days/week (Full day): CI$13,050,

First Baptist Christian School

211 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345)



920 Crewe Road, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 945 7906


CI$5,450. Pre-K3: 5 days/week CI$13,050,

Email: fbcs@fbcs.edu.ky Web: www.fbcs.edu.







Academic excellence centred on Jesus Christ

(ages 3 mths – 5 years | ages 6 – 11 years)

First Baptist Christian School and WEE Care accepts children from 3 months to 11 years old and takes great pride in assisting their students to excel both academically and spiritually. As a proud member of the ACSI, they will work with you to provide the highest level of education for your children with their U.S. based curriculum.


American Christ-centred curriculum • Research-based instructional practices, and 21st century skills • ACSI Member • Terra Nova tests


Head of School: Mr. David K. Holtzhouse Elementary Director: Janet Durksen WEE Care Director: Beverly Chin-Sinn Student Population: 250 Annual Preschool fees: CI$6,275 – CI$7,770 Annual Fees Grade K-6: CI$8,590 – CI$9,025

(345) 945 7906 | 920 Crewe Rd | fcbs@fcbs.edu.ky weecare@fcbs.edu.ky | weecare.edu.ky | fcbs.edu.ky 98

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Sister Janice's Early Learning Centre

Prepare to teach and teach to prepare (ages 3 months – 4 years)

Sister Janice’s promotes the whole growth of the child through handson learning and experiencing. Each child is cherished and encouraged to develop their social, physical, and emotional development. The school promotes the well-being of the child within a Christiancentred atmosphere.


Creative early childhood education • Promoting hands-on experiences • Developing the whole child • Christian-based education


Student Population: 60 Hours: 7am-5.30pm (although a grace period can be given, pick-up must be by 6pm) Monthly Fees: CI$475 includes breakfast and lunch and parents are asked to provide snacks and fruits daily.

(345) 949 2524 | 41 Desmond Drive, George Town sisterjanicepreschool@yahoo.com

Cayman International School

Connect | Inspire | Serve (ages 2 – 18)

School Description: CIS is a private, college preparatory, non-sectarian, coeducational school that provides strong academic and extensive extracurricular programmes. The 13-acre campus located in Camana Bay includes early childhood, elementary, middle and high school divisions. Students represent 40 nationalities and the majority of students are dual-passport holders. CIS has a strong sense of community where children learn, play and support each other in a modern, safe and student-centred environment. Curriculum: American, IB Diploma, IB Certificates, United States High School Diploma.

Facilities: CIS is in the process of a major expansion project, adding a new Early Childhood facility and a cutting-edge High School building with a double gymnasium, library, common area and performing arts spaces. The current purpose-built campus features a 61,000+ sq ft facility. It consists of a library, STEAM Lab, computer/ video production lab, two science labs, two music rooms, two art rooms, two student support centres, 42 classrooms, an amphitheatre and an administration building. In addition, the school has a full sized, artificial turf soccer pitch with a FIFA 2-Star rating, a swimming pool, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, and a multipurpose building (ARC) with a gymnasium, cafeteria and performing arts space.

Extracurricular: Students are offered a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, from high school varsity and middle school sports (interscholastic and international) to National Honor Society, Student Leadership, Model United Nations, Global Issues Network, Debate, Robotics, and other opportunities.

“On a daily basis I see the joy and connection between students, teachers and families. We encourage every student to stretch their learning, to reflect, and collaborate while immersed in a positive culture of inquiry and exploration.” Melody Meade, Early Childhood Principal


Small class sizes • IB Programme 1:1 iPads, Chromebooks and laptops • STEAM Lab • Project based learning • Athletics and arts programmes • Extensive afterschool activities • Whole-child approach • Superior facilities


Director: Dr. Jeremy Moore Student Population: 770 Average Class Size : 15 students Faculty Size : 140 Annual Fees (2019-20): CI$5,450– CI$21,550 Sibling discount: There is a 10% reduction for the second child and 15% for the third and subsequent children.

“Powerful and innovative learning occurs at CIS because staff members are dedicated to engaging the hearts and minds of students.” Doug Murphy, Ed. D., Middle and High School Principal

(345) 945 4664 | 95 Minerva Dr., Camana Bay | admissions@cis.ky www.caymaninternationalschool.org www.caymanparent.com


Cayman Prep and High School

Dedicated to lifelong learning (ages 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 18)

At CPHS students are placed at the centre of learning and teaching. Differentiated instruction enhances learning for all students by engaging them in activities that respond to particular needs, strengths, and preferences and is effective in supporting and challenging the full range of ability levels in the classroom. Their Christian ethos is evident throughout the school and inspires their students to think about what sort of contribution they will make to the world, and how they will make a difference. The school supports them in such a way as to ensure they grow into responsible, mature, and engaged members of the school community and citizens of the world.

Curriculum: Revised National Curriculum of England (2014), IGCSE & GCSE, AS and A-levels - Cambridge International Examinations and Welsh Joint Education Committee. Facilities: IFA Grade multi-purpose astro-turf playing field and multipurpose hardcourt, computing & media suites with tablets and laptops, Music Wing, arts rooms with kilns, state of the art science labs, Interactive technology in every class room.

Extracurricular: Primary Aftershool Care until 5.30pm daily. Afterschool clubs include art, drama, music, rugby, cricket, badminton, basketball, netball, GAA, football, volleyball, Robotics, Key Club, science, Duke of Edinburgh, homework club, diving, snorkelling, Junior MUN, Senior MUN and more.

Mission Cayman Prep & High School provides a stimulating learning environment, firmly rooted in Christian principles, in which our students become critical creative thinkers, responsible citizens and lifelong learners in an ever changing world.


Key Strengths of CPHS (as per the Office of Education Standards' inspection report, March 2019):

1) The strong, positive culture and Christian ethos leads to students' behaviour being EXEMPLARY across all stages of the school. 2) Promoting students' personal and social development is EXCELLENT. 3) Students' civic and environmental understanding in all phases of the school is EXCELLENT. 4) Students' attainment and progress in secondary and post 16 is EXCELLENT. 5) Teaching in secondary and post16 phases is EXCELLENT. 6) Links with parents and the community is EXCELLENT.


Student population: Primary School 522 High School 455 Annual fees (2019-20): KG-Yr 6 $10,700 Years 7-9 $11,615 Year 10-11 $12,300 Year 12-13 $13,580 Sibling Discount: 3rd and subsequent children - 10% off

Primary School: (345) 949 5932 | 242 Smith Road, GT | psoffice@cayprep.edu.ky | www.cayprep.edu.ky High School: (345) 949 9115 | 559 Walkers Road, GT | hsoffice@cayprep.edu.ky | Facebook: @caymanprep 100

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ky Ages: 5-12 years (Kg-Grade 6) Application

Advanced Placement classes are also offered.

CI$10,608, 8am-3.15pm Mixed Ages: There

fee: CI$150 Annual fees: Kindergarten-Grade

Students take SATs in Grades 11 and 12.

are mixed ages in each of the programmes.

CI$8,590 Student population: 151 Average

Hope Academy

1:10; Elementary: 1:12 Curriculum: Follows the

Teacher-student ratio: Toddler: 1:5; Casa:

6: CI$9,025 Sibling discount: Sibling's fees are class size: 11-17 Curriculum: Christian-based

Units 1-8 Grand Harbour Shoppes, Red

Montessori philosophy, while aligning with UK

education. US Curriculum.

Bay. Tel: (345) 769 4673 Email: office@


Footsteps School

com Ages: 5-18 years Application Fee:

St. Ignatius Catholic School

210 Eastern Ave, George Town. Tel: (345) 916

CI$150 Annual fees: Kindergarten- Grade 12:

599 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345)

0875 or (345) 917 7657 Email: management@

CI$14,000 (fees for additional programmes

949 9250 Email: general@st–ignatius.com



vary; sibling discount provided) Student


footstepscayman.com. Ages: 4–11 Annual

population: 120-130 Maximum class size: 12-

years Student population: 665 Average class

Fees: Kindergarten–Year 6: CI$13,000 (can

15 Curriculum: American.

size: 22–26 Application fee: CI$100 Annual

75 Class size: 12 Curriculum: British National

Montessori By The Sea

CI$10,719; Years 12–13 CI$12,533 (fees


277 Prospect Point Road, Prospect. Tel: (345)

can also be paid per term and per month)

hopecayman.com Web: www.hopecayman.





Grace Christian Academy 21 Crescent Close, off Boltins Ave, West Bay.



Fees: Nursery–Year 6: CI$9,266; Years 7–11

be paid over 10 months) Student Population:

Religion: Non-denominational


947 0684 Email: kourtni@mbts.ky Web: www.


mbts.ky Ages: 21 months – 12 years (Toddlers

(IGCSE and GCSE); AS and A Levels –




– Grade 6) Student population: Approximately

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

160 Application fee: CI$250 Annual fees: (once

and Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).

Tel: (345) 945 0899 Email: officeadmin@gca.ky

per year) CI$700 Programmes: Toddler (21



months-3 years): 5 full days/week CI$11,015,

Triple C School

org Ages: 3–18 years Application fee: CI$200

8am–3pm; 5 half-days: CI$9,890, 8am–12pm.

74 Fairbanks Road, George Town. Tel: (345)

Annual fees: Preschool Half-Day: CI$5,000;


949 6022 Email: triplec@tripleschool.org

Preschool Full-Day: CI$9,165; Grades K–5:

Full-days/week CI$10,338, 8am–3pm; half-

Website: www.triplecschool.org Ages: 3-18

CI$9,898; Grades 6–12: CI$10,623–CI$11,054

days (3-4 years 9 months): CI$9,340, 8am–

Student population: 400 Average class



12pm Elementary–Lower/Grades 1-3 (6-9

size: 20 Application fee: CI$100 Capital


years) and Upper/Grades 3-6 (9-12 years):

fee: CI$400 Annual fees: Preschool/Pre-


American, Grades





Montessori By The Sea

A legacy of limitless possibilities (20 mos – 12 yrs) School Description: MBTS opened its first Toddler and Casa classrooms by the seaside almost twenty years ago, and it has grown steadily to become a vibrant, closely-knit community of over 160 joyful students, plus their dedicated families and teachers. Now spanning from Toddler to Upper Elementary, MBTS shines as a beacon of inspiration in the Cayman Islands.

Curriculum: MBTS offers an enriched, internationally-recognised Montessori curriculum that emphasises inquiry-based study, cross-curricular integration, and life skills education, complemented by specialised instruction in French, ICT, Physical Education, the Arts and Music.


Individualised, inquiry-based learning approach • Warm, inviting and inspiring classroom environments • Cultivates life skills such as concentration, confidence, communication and creativity • Half-day and full-day programmes for Toddlers and Preschool/Casa • After-school clubs, after-care and summer camps


Principals: Debbie Thompson & Kourtni Jackson Student Population: 160 Student-teacher ratios: Toddler 5:1; Casa/Preschool 10:1; Elementary 12:1 Annual School fees: Full-Day Toddler CI$11,015; Preschool/Casa CI$10,338; Elementary CI$10,608

(345) 947 0684 | mbts@mbts.ky | mbts.ky | 277 Prospect Point Road, Prospect



St. Ignatius Catholic School (ages 3 – 18)

Catholic education as an integration of Body, Mind and Spirit School Description: At St. Ignatius, the holistic development of each individual is their primary purpose. Their staff strive to know and nurture each pupil, working together to promote strengths and self-worth, in mind, body and spirit. They work diligently so that all pupils leave them as discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective, creative and holistic thinkers, self-directed lifelong learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members and responsible citizens. They invite you to join the St. Ignatius community of 30 nationalities, providing a rich diversity of cultures and perspectives.

Curriculum: Modified British Curriculum (IGCSE and GCSE); AS and A Levels – Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and WJEC. Facilities: Four science labs, music wing (including sound–proof practice rooms), multi-purpose sports hall (2020), canteen with full kitchen, art room, school hall, modern classrooms, sports field, basketball and a netball court, Virtual Learning Environment and laptop programme for Years 7-13.

Extracurricular: After-school clubs, art, drama, music, sailing, tennis, diving, cricket, rugby, soccer, Cub Scouts, Brownies, cooking clubs, annual music production, house activities. After-school care available 2.30pm–5.30pm daily. Weekly learning support available, football (girls and boys), netball, table tennis, field hockey, volleyball, badminton, fitness, sailing and diving.


British curriculum • Four science labs • Music wing • 1:1 laptops for high school • Wide variety of after-school clubs


Head of School: Mrs. Emily Alexander Primary Head: Mr. James Hickey Secondary Head: Mr. Peter Embleton Student Population: 675 Annual Fees (2019-20): Nursery –Year 6: Annual CI$9,266 Years 7–11: Annual CI$10,719 Years 12–13: Annua l CI$12,533 Sibling discount: A third child receives a 25% discount on fees. Average class size: 22-26 Meals: Hot Lunches CI$5-CI$6 daily

(345) 949 9250 | 599 Walkers Rd, George Town | general@st–ignatius.com | www.st–ignatius.com 102

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Kindergarten full-day: CI$7,060, half-day: CI$5,295; Kg-Grade 3:

to enhance independence and quality of life, and advocate for full

CI$7,511; Grades 4–8: CI$7,811-CI$8,264; Grades 9–12: CI$9,764-

inclusion within the larger Caymanian community.

CI$10,065 Curriculum: American - children work towards an American High School Diploma in College Preparatory, Business or Liberal Arts,

The Special Needs Foundation of Cayman

accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Tel: (345) 321 2957 Email: info@specialneedsfoundation.ky Web: www.

and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

specialneedsfoundation.ky A non-profit organisation of parents, educators and professionals, committed to supporting children with

Truth For Youth School

a range of special needs.

84 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2620 or (345) 949 7041 Email: truthfys@candw.ky Ages: 4 years 9 months-11 years

Home Schooling

Monthly Fees: Kindergarten to Grade 6: CI$450 per month Curriculum: American.

Department of Education Services 130 Thomas Russell Avenue, KY1-1103, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Wesleyan Christian Academy

Tel: (345) 945 1199, Email: james.watler@gov.ky or nicki.samuels@gov.

150 North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 1121 Email:

ky or Web: www.des.edu.ky.

principal@wcacayman.com Ages: 3 years 9 months - 18 years Annual

Mental & Educational Assessments

fees: Pre K–Grade 12: CI$5,200-CI$5,700 inclusive of book fee. Lunch and other fees not included Curriculum: American.

Hope Academy Clinical Services

Special Needs Education

Tel: (345) 769 4673 Email: office@hopecayman.com Web: www. hopecayman.com They offer psycho-educational and neuro-

For medical practitioners who can help diagnose physical

psychological evaluations to children from 2-18 years old.

or behavioural problems, see the Health listings on page 141 . KidsAbility


Tel: (345) 943 5437 Email: info@kidsability.ky Web: They offer a multi-

Bermuda House, Ground Floor, 46c Dr. Roy’s Drive, GT. Tel: (345) 949

disiplinary paediatric therapy clinic and they also conduct psycho-

7065 Email: chatterbox@candw.ky Web: www.chatterboxcayman.

educational and neuro-psychological evaluations to children.

com. They currently provide speech and language therapy,

language or learning disorders, learning disabilities, motor disorders, anxiety disorders, autism, ADHD and gifted children. Early Intervention Programme 515 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 926 1413 Email: eip@ cayman.edu.ky Services provided: early intervention teachers, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, programme for the visually impaired, teacher for the hearing impaired, counselor, educational psychologist, music therapy. Hope Academy The school is also a registered healthcare facility.They offer Speech and Language therapy, Behaviour therapy, school-based ABA therapy and Neuropsychological and Psycho-educational evaluations. These services are also available for those not attending Hope Academy. See page 118. The Lighthouse School Shamrock Road, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 945 1199 Email: barbara.peaceebanks@gov.ky This is a government school for children from ages 5–17 who have moderate to severe special educational needs, or for children with complex or multiple challenges to their learning. Sunrise Adult Training Centre 181 Powery Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 3330 Email: kimberly. voaden@gov.ky A government run facility for adults aged 18 to 45 with disabilities. They offer training and therapeutic programmes

Hope Academy Working Together To Be The Best (ages 5 – 18)



those with autism. They work with children and adults who have



(age 2-5), Chattertots playgroup (age 1-2), tutoring and support for


occupation therapy, play therapy, massage therapy, a playschool

Hope Academy offers an American curriculum that fosters learning through creativity, discovery, and imagination within a small learning environment. Online courses are also available for middle and high school students. The inclusive classrooms and flexible methodology cater to each students’ individual needs.


American curriculum • Small class sizes • Additional learning programmes for students needing extra support Extracurricular activities and sports • After-school programmes include clubs • Homework assistance and tutoring available.


Head of School: Samantha Tibbetts Student Population: 120 – 130 Maximum Class size: 12-15 Annual Fees (2019-20): CI$14,000 for regular programmes; Fees for additional programmes vary. Sibling discount provided. (345) 769 4673 | Grand Harbour Shops, Units 1 -8 www.hopecayman.com | office@hopecayman.com www.caymanparent.com


art techniques using various mediums. They

navigation, first aid, music and water-based


host a toddler art and sensory playgroup



and a popular integrated arts summer camp.

Transformations Ltd. Tel:







provided: educational assessments, school consultations,




support for parents and children, training for caregivers, therapy and intervention.

Extra-Curricular classes

Cayman National Cultural Foundation

Bon Vivant

Tel: (345) 949 5477 Email: cayfest@candw.

Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 623 2665 Email:

ky Web: www.artscayman.org Once a year

info@bonvivant.ky Web: www.bonvivant.ky

in the summer, CNCF offers an educational

They run regular after school and weekend

youth programme called Young At Arts

classes that are designed to inspire budding

(YAA) for children aged 14-22 years. They

young chefs (ages 4-12 years). They’ll learn


offer a Summer Arts Camp programme for

basic cooking skills and create delicious and

Cayman Drama Society (CDS)

children aged 6-16. They also offer a five-

nutritious dishes.

Prospect Playhouse, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 938

week summer intensive for performers

1998 Email: training@cds.ky Web: www.cds.

aged 14-22 years. Auditions required.

The National Trust

The Cayman Islands National Gallery

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.ky

ky CDS offers ongoing after-school acting and stage production classes as well as

Mission House, 63 Gun Square, Bodden Town

intensive holiday acting and drama camps.



The National Trust often host cooking

CDS has a full-time education officer on staff.

Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 945 8111 Web: www.




classes for teens and adults. They focus on

nationalgallery.org.ky. They run workshops

traditional Caymanian dishes. Visit their

throughout the year for all age groups

website for more information on upcoming

Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 938

and skill levels based on their temporary


3838 Email: info@caymanmusicschool.com

exhibitions series.

Cayman Music School


Web: www.caymanmusicschool.com. They run acting and musical theatre programmes

3 Girls & A Kiln

See page 236 for Listings.

for ages 7-15+ years. They also offer a

Market Street, Camana Bay Tel: (345) 325

speech and drama programme for 3-7 year

8217 Email: 3girlsandakiln@gmail.com Web:

olds. All classes are categorised by age.

www.3girlsandakiln.com. An art collective made up of three artists, Aimee Randolph,

Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC)

Centre Pointe Dance Studio (CPDS)

Claire Rohleder and Deborah Kern, with a

Thomas Russell Way, George Town. First Aid Training Manager: (345) 925 0715





Towers, (345)


focus on local art, fun design and island-



inspired creativity. They offer a wide

Email: firstaid@redcross.org.ky Web: www.



selection of fun monthly art classes for kids,

redcross.org.ky They offer the American


parents and adults.

Red Cross (ARC) syllabus and certification

Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands

First Aid, CPR and Automated External




cpdsnewstudent@gmail.com centrepointedancestudio.com

in the following courses: Infant/Child/Adult

produces theatre and dance shows, involving students of the school. They often perform with the Cayman Drama Society on their

Tel: (345) 546 9422 Email: vascayman@


musical productions.

gmail.com Web: www.visualartcayman.com.

Training, Pro Responder CPR and Basic

The VAS offers art, craft and ceramic camps

Water Rescue. The minimum age is 14.




Musicians Ltd.

after school, during school breaks and in the

4 Dot Com Centre, 342 Dorcy Drive, Airport

summer. The camp is held at the studio on

Cayman Sea Elements (Mike Nelson)

Industrial Park. Tel: (345) 525 6787 Email:

the grounds of Pedro St. James.

Tel: (345) 936 8687 Email: caymansea@ gmail.com Offers the full Emergency First

janine@musicians.ky Web: www.musicians. Art'y Parties

Responder (EFR) certification course either

performances, students at Musicians Ltd

6 Devon Road Tel: (345) 928 0284 Email:

at Clever Fish, schools, offices, churches or

prepare over a number of months. Classes

artypartiescayman@yahoo.com Web: www.

at home. The certification is valid for two

for all ages: Broadway Babies (6 months -3

artypartiescayman.com After school, school

years. The course covers practical and







yrs), Broadway Tots (3–5 yrs), Broadway

holiday art camps, canvas/wood/glass

theoretical adult, child and infant CPR, AED

Stars (6–9 yrs), Musical Theatre (10–16 yrs).

painting classes on Saturdays.

and First Aid including administering EPI



and parents is also offered.

pens. A Water Safety course for caregivers


Art Nest

Cayman Islands Cadet Corps

131 Centre, MacLendon Drive. Tel: (345) 949

Tel: (345) 946 9810 Email: cadetcorps@gov.

Fitness Connection


ky Cadets learn life skills, develop morals

1 Bambi Close, Glen Eden Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8485 Email: fitness@fitness.



Web: www.artnestcayman.com. Art Nest

and high standards of conduct through

hosts art classes for children age one right

challenging, military-style activities. The

ky Web: www.fitness.ky They teach the

through to adults. Hatchlings (ages 5-8) and

programme offers a wide range of activities

ASHI CPR/AED course as well as the SAI

Nestlings (ages 9-12) are taught a variety of


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Safety Training Aquatic Rescue Course and

AIDS stigma and discrimination. The course

language and Spanish. Depending on demand

Starguard Life Guard training. The minimum

is aimed at adults and children aged 16 and

they can offer other languages as well.

recommended age for any of these courses

up, but they can modify a course for children

is 14.

aged 12-15 with some advance notice.

Tutoring Companies

The Academy


Alpha Academy

Canon Place Unit 115, North Sound Road,

Spanish and French are offered from


George Town. Tel: (345) 323 9778 Email: info@

Kindergarten to A Levels in most of the


theacademygc.com. They offer self-defense

private schools, however, fewer schools







Godfrey Tel:





training for men, woman and children ages 4

offer French at early childhood level. Most of


and up. Their specialised teenage self-defense

the government schools now offer Spanish

Full time tutors in STEM related courses

course teaches teens how to recognise unsafe

classes as part of the regular curriculum


situations, plan exit routes and practice

from primary school.

technology (including IT), engineering and

physical moves should they ever need to

Web: as,





maths, as well as English and Spanish

defend themselves. The programme uses age-

French Tuition Cayman

for students from primary school age to

appropriate language and concepts.

Tel: (345) 928 7526 Email: frenchtuitionky@

college level.


com They offer French classes in your own

Cayman Learning Centre

home for children aged 5 and up, from

7 Pasadora Place, Smith Road, George

Cayman Islands Red Cross

beginner to advanced levels.

Town. Tel: (345) 943 7323 Email: info@

Modern Language Institute

caymanlearning.com CLC offers tutoring

yahoo.com Web: www.frenchtuitioncayman.

Thomas Russell Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 916 1742 or (345) 949 6785 Email: deputy@




redcross.org.ky The CIRC offers a basic

Jetik Building, 12 Walkers Road, George

programmes in literacy and numeracy

information course on HIV and AIDS, as well



skills including reading, writing, spelling and

as courses on gender and sexuality, healthy

modernlanguages11@yahoo.com They offer

comprehension for students with learning

sexuality and sexualisation, and HIV and

regular tutoring in English as a second





High Achievement Academy Confidence • Success • Skills

(all ages)

High Achievement Academy offers small group and one-on-one tutoring for all ages and abilities. Sessions are offered seven days a week and are provided by highly qualified and experienced teachers from the UK, USA and Canada. They are knowledgeable in the UK, US, Caribbean and IB curriculums. Programmes range from exam preparation (CXC, GCSE, A Levels, IB and SATs), homework help, study skills, English as a second Language and workplace training. Daytime, evening and weekend sessions are available. HAA also welcomes the travelling student who requires provisional study while visiting Cayman.

Subjects: Maths • English • Science • Geography • Business Studies •

Languages • Accounting • ITC/Computer courses: Primary and Secondary • CXC • (I)GCSE • IB • A Levels • SAT • Study skills • Homework help • College coursework support (ICCI, UCCI and others)


Personalised learning approach to meet your objectives • Day and evening sessions available • Spacious, modern learning environment • Two separate locations, one for primary school students and one for high schools students • Tutors who CARE and are DEDICATED!

(345) 746 5555 | info@haacayman.com | www.haacayman.com | 461 Walkers Rd #10, Windjammer Plaza Second location for primary school students: C6 Cayman Business Park, Huldah Avenue, George Town www.caymanparent.com


High Achievement Academy

easyconnect.ky Peter offers tutoring in Middle

and keyboarding programmes and offer

Windjammer Building, Walkers Road, George

and/or High School history, English and maths

homeschool support for students struggling

Town. Tel: (345) 746 5555 Email: info@

in the mainstream classroom.

haacayman.com Web: www.haacayman.com

Clever Fish

all ages (5+) and abilities in small groups or


Windjammer Building, Walkers Road. Tel: (345)

one-on-one. Classes available seven days

The Music Box

516 4623 Email: nic@cleverfishcayman.com

a week including holidays, during day or

Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 929 2999 Email:

An after-school academic and enrichment

evening hours.

disabilities. They also have study skills

Educational and professional tutoring for

Music Equipment & Lessons

info@caymanmusicschool.com Sell musical instruments, accessories, music books and

programme for students from Year 4 to Year 11. They also run a combined educational and

I Read For Life

recording equipment. They also repair and

watersports camp over the holidays.

Barnett Building, 24 Huldah Avenue, George

rent musical equipment.

Town. Tel: (345) 947 1497 Email: admin@ Footsteps School




210 Eastern Ave, George Town. Tel: (345) 916

They offer a method of reading remediation

0875 or (345) 917 7657 Email: management@

that helps struggling readers gain self-

Town. Tel: (345) 949 1753 Email: mylesmusic@


confidence, improve comprehension and

candw.ky. They also sell, rent and repair

read faster.




footstepscayman.com. Footsteps is a private boutique primary school for children aged 4-11

Math Tutoring With Claude Bailey


afternoons in all subject areas for children of

Tel: (345) 926 3812 A former Golden Apple

Cayman Music School

all age groups. Footsteps also offer support for

recipient, Mr Bailey offers maths tutoring for

Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 938 3838 Email:

homeschooling, children with specific learning

grades 3-12 and help for university level maths.

years and they also offer private tutoring in the

qualified and experienced teachers.



Peter Westin

in most musical instruments, voice training,


rock school, music theory, music appreciation,



Footsteps School - Tutoring - Camps (ages 4 – 11)

Footsteps School is Cayman's first boutique private school. Following the UK National Curriculum, they offer small class sizes and flexible grouping for children aged 4-11 years old. They integrate outdoor learning into their curriculum, making the most of Cayman's natural beauty and landscape whilst encouraging exploration, investigation and independence. Footsteps also offers after school tutoring in all areas of the curriculum along with a comprehensive holiday camp programme, after school care and homeschool support.


Central George Town Location • Newly renovated building • UK Curriculum • Highly experienced staff team • Beach and outdoor learning curriculum • Small, flexible classes • Tutoring in all curriculum areas

Further Details:

Non-denominational • Full and part-funded scholarships for outstanding Caymanian students Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-3pm Average class size: 12 Annual Fees: CI$13,000 Emma: (345) 916 0875 | 210 Eastern Avenue management@footstepscayman.com www.footstepscayman.com

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caymanmusicschool.com Tuition is offered

needs and exam preparation. Holiday camps and after school club available. All tutors are


Myles Music Store Barnett Building, 24 Huldah Avenue, George




Cayman Learning Centre

Helping students achieve their potential (ages 5 and up) Cayman Learning Centre makes learning easier. Their evidence-based programmes support all students including those with diagnosed learning differences. They believe that all students can be helped to reach their true potential, and they get results! The small group or private sessions are run by qualified, specially trained teachers ensuring the personal attention your child deserves. Their goal is to help students become effective, confident, and self-directed learners. Call today and make learning easier!


Qualified teachers • Assessment to identify strengths and weakness • Small group ratio • Evidence-based programmes • High school tutors


Read and Spell • Writing • Mathematics • Comprehension Evidence-based reading intervention • Cognitive Enhancement for learning disabilities (345) 943 7323 | 7 Pasadora Plc, Smith Rd www.caymanlearning.com

composition, drama classes, DJ and more. They

Academy, Triple C, First Baptist Christian

17. Teen Leaders gain important leadership

also help with exam preparation.

School and Truth for Youth. Many other

skills and experience through projects that

schools, such as Cayman Prep, suggest that

they select. Many also serve as Counsellors-in-


Tilley hats and book bags are brought in to be

Training during Y day camps which reinforces

Tel: (345) 321 5126 Email: info@jukebox.ky

monogrammed with your child's name.

core values and leadership skills. This free

Web: www.jukebox.ky They offer a mobile

programme fosters a positive sense of identity,

music service providing lessons on guitar,

values, and confidence amongst participants.

Sports Clothing & Equipment

piano, singing and a variety of group sessions including performing arts.

Activ Angels

Universities & Colleges

10 Market Street, Camana Bay Tel: (345) 946 Musicians Ltd

2645 A large selection of swimwear and sun

International College of the Cayman Islands

4 Dot Com Centre, 342 Dorcy Drive, Airport

protection tops for children.


Industrial Park. Tel: (345) 525 6787 Email:

595 Hirst Road, Newlands. Tel: (345) 947 1100

janine@musicians.ky Web: www.musicians.ky

Sport ‘N’ Zone

Email: admissions@icci.edu.ky Web: www.

Music lessons for a variety of instruments.

Hospital Road Plaza, Walkers Road, George


Classes available in singing, musical theatre

Town Tel: (345) 945 6453 Sells branded

and acting. Recitals and musical theatre

clothing and footwear including Nike, Reebok,

Northwestern Caribbean Baptist Theological

showcases at both Musicians Ltd Studio and

Adidas and more.

Seminary (NCBTS)

the Harquail Theatre. Rock School, Cayman

Cayman Islands Baptist Church, 163 Pedro

Wind Symphony, Acapella Group, Ukulele

Sportista Co

Castle Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 946 2422

Group and music theory lessons offered

The Crescent, Camana Bay (between The

Email: NCBTS@outlook.com

throughout the year.

Brooklyn and Kings Head Pub). Tel: (345)

The Studio Cayman

sell sports apparel from Adidas, Nike, Asics,

926 1122 Tel:





Email: Web:






St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine Regatta Office Park, Leeward 3, West Bay


Garmin, New Balance and Under Armour,

Road. Tel: (345) 945 3199 Email: admissions@


They are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-

stmatthews.edu Web: www.stmatthews.edu.

thestudiocayman.com Group music classes from

Email: hello@sportista.co

7pm. School of Hospitality Studies (part of UCCI)


interactive and musical activities for babies,

Tel: (345) 623 8224 Email: SHS@ucci.edu.ky

Sports Supply

toddlers, parents and carers. Private piano,

Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949

singing, saxophone and clarinet tuition classes


also available from age 4 to adults.

clothing for football, yoga, tennis and general

School of Veterinary Medicine

fitness. Brands include Nike, Adidas, Asics,

Regatta Office Park, Leeward 4, West Bay

Web: www.sportssupply.ky

Web: www.ucci.edu.ky.


Myles Music Store

Champion and Under Armour. They also

Road. Tel: (345) 814 3177 Email: admissions@

Barnett Building, 24 Huldah Avenue, George

stock watersports equipment and home gym

stmatthews.edu Web: www.stmatthews.edu.

Town. Tel: (345) 949 1753 Email: mylesmusic@

equipment. The Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS)

candw.ky. They offer piano, guitar and drum lessons. They also sell, rent and repair guitars.

Medical Health Providers for Children

Waterman Cayman & Blue Wave Surf Shop

Old CIBC Building, 54 Edward St, 2nd & 3rd

Two locations: Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road.

floor, GT. Tel: (345) 945 0077 Web: www.

Tel: (345) 769 7873 and 10 Shedden Road,


Downtown George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8166. They both sell paddleboarding, surfing and

University College of the Cayman Islands

See pages 135-143 for a list of medical

kitesurfing equipment as well as clothing for


health providers for children. These include

surfing and other watersports.

168 Olympic Way, GT. Tel: (345) 623 8224;




speech and language therapists, counsellors

Brac Campus: Avistar Building, West End, CB

Sunday School & Church Services

and psychologists.

School Health Screenings

Web: www.ucci.edu.ky. See pages 239-240 for a list of churches and Sunday School times.

See page 59 for information on getting your

University of the West Indies - Cayman Olympic Way, GT. Tel: (345) 946 8322 Email:

child a school health screening.

School Uniforms & Embroidery Services

Tel: (345) 623 0540 Email: info@ucci.edu.ky

Teen Leadership Training

cayman@open.uwi.edu Web: www.open. uwi.edu.

YMCA Tel: (345) 926 9622 Email: ysummercamp@

Island Embroidery

ymcacayman.ky Web: www.ymcacayman.ky/

119 Dorcy Drive, opposite the Airport Park. Tel:

programmes/teens The YMCA Teen Leaders

(345) 949 4733 Sells school uniforms for Hope

programme reaches young people aged 13-

Tell them you saw it in

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Health City Cayman Islands

Transforming health care. Changing lives.

A state-of-the-art tertiary care hospital located in East End, Grand Cayman, Health City Cayman Islands is committed to delivering world-class health care that is accessible and affordable, in a tranquil tropical setting conducive to healing and recovery.


Supported by Narayana Health, one of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest private health systems, Health City is a recipient of the prestigious Joint Commission International seal of approval and provides high-quality health care services in a comfortable, patient-centred environment. Health City Cayman Islands offers a combination of technical skills, technological innovation and compassionate, holistic care that results in exceptional outcomes. World-class care in several adult and paediatric medical specialties is now available right here in the Cayman Islands, without the need to travel overseas. Mother Teresaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal physician, renowned cardiac surgeon and award-winning medical pioneer, Dr. Devi Shetty, founded Health City Cayman Islands using a unique and innovative business plan focusing on high-quality health care at an affordable price.

Mission "A solution is not a solution if it is not affordable." Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder


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Childhood illnesses, swim safety, family fitness and more...

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Getting Immunisations Right


Swimming Safety


Do You See What 'Eye' See?


Identifying Learning, Behavioural & Cognitive Issues


Family Fitness: We Like to Move it, Move it!


Sun Safety for Kids


Health Book Club


Doctor's Q&As


10 Health & Wellbeing Hacks


Dental Care for Children


The Listings


Health Insurance for Kids



10 Common Childhood Illnesses



10 Common Childhood Illnesses Growing up is a busy time for small bodies; it can sometimes feel like every week brings a new illness! But do not fear – here you will find clear advice on how to identify and treat some of the most common conditions at home, as well as the red flags that mean it’s time to see your paediatrician. − Dr Jasmina Marinova, MRCPCH, MD, paediatrician and neonatal expert at Integra Healthcare


Sore Throat Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Most-often viral and gets better with supportive treatment, although can be caused by bacteria called Streptococcus (Strep Throat), which needs treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications. This is uncommon in children under 2 years of age. Can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious illness.

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Painful throat Fever Bad breath Reduced oral intake Vomiting Swollen neck glands

Buy over-the-counter pain relief Feed infants frequently Use a room humidifier Gargle with salt and baking soda (ages 5+) • Avoid spicy, salty and acidic food

See Your Paediatrician If… • Their fever doesn’t respond to Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, or lasts more than 48 hours • Child is not taking fluids and is at risk of dehydration • Child is drooling because they are unable to swallow • Child is lethargic • Your child has had contact with someone with Strep Throat.

Bronchiolitis Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Illness of the respiratory tract in under 2’s that affects the tiny airways and is caused by a virus. The bronchioles become infected and filled with mucus, which makes breathing hard. Infants born premature, those with congenital heart disease are at higher risk.

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• Nurse frequently or offer small portions of milk, given often • Place a humidifier in the room • Administer saline nasal drops • Prop up the crib so your baby's head is higher than their feet

Nasal congestion or runny nose Cough Shallow and rapid breathing Ribcage retractions Low grade fever Reduced oral intake Vomiting, especially if caused by cough

See Your Paediatrician If… • Your baby is younger than three months or in a high risk category • There is a risk of dehydration • The coughing is making your infant choke or short of breath • Your baby goes blue around the lips • There is reduced urine output • Your child is lethargic or irritable. If your child is struggling significantly with breathing, go straight to George Town ER.

Skin Infections Brief Description

Common Symptoms

Can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Skin gets infected easily if the skin is already affected by a different problem, such as eczema, insect bites, cuts or scrapes. It’s also very common in hot and humid weather.

• Blisters, crusts or little ulcers • Patches on hands, feet and other areas of the body, depending on cause • Blotches, sometimes with distinct spots within them

How to Treat at Home • Keep skin clean, especially if there

are cuts or scrapes • Apply Savlon or other antiseptic cream to cuts to prevent infection • Apply hydrocortisone 1% for mosquito bites

The challenge facing parents is that there are a great many manifestations and different infections, some of which clear up with basic symptomatic care and others which require specific topical or oral treatments. For instance, impetigo requires treatment with ointment or/and antibiotics. The safest course of action is to visit your paediatrician. 110

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Hand, Foot & Mouth Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Mild, contagious viral infection common in younger children, resulting in sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet.

• Fever • Sore throat • Blister-like lesions on tongue and mouth • Red rash, sometimes with blistering, on palms, soles of feet and/or buttocks

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Buy over-the-counter pain relief Offer cold drinks and soups Suck on ice cubes (ages 5+) Offer Pedialyte popsicles Avoid spicy, salty and acidic food Take cool baths

See Your Paediatrician If… • Fever reaches 38.5°C (101.3°F) • You feel that symptomatic relief is needed.

Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Usually caused by stomach bug virus, although can be caused by food poisoning. Can also be a symptom of a different illness, such as a urinary tract infection.

• Not tolerating fluids and solids and/ or loose stools • Loss of appetite • Abdominal cramps • Fever

• Keep hydrated by: - Frequent nursing (for infants) - Offering fluids little and often (Pedialyte, water, diluted apple juice) • Avoid solids


Vomiting & Diarrhea

See Your Paediatrician If… • Your child is not keeping any fluids down and thus at risk of dehydration • Their vomit contains blood or bile • There is reduced urine output • Your child becomes lethargic or restless.

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Earache Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Typically an infection caused by fluid behind the ear drum (middle ear infection) or an infection of the ear canal (swimmer’s ear). Under 5s are at higher risk of ear infection, especially after or along with upper respiratory tract infection. Occasionally, earache may be due to tooth pain radiating to ear.

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• Administer over-the-counter pain relief • Press a warm cloth to the ear • Nurse or feed infants frequently (sucking helps reduce pressure in tube between nose and ear) • Try to keep the ear dry

Ear pain Pulling or rubbing the ears Fussiness and irritability Fever Reduced oral intake Leakage from ear Redness around or behind ear Reduced hearing


See Your Paediatrician If… • There is no improvement with Paracetamol (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) within 48 hours • The earache is also associated with fever • There is ear pain in both ears • There is leakage from ear • There is redness and swelling around and behind ear • Your child appears unwell and lethargic • Your child is off-balance.

Eczema Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Eczema is a dry skin condition that can affect children from a very early age, especially those with a family history of eczema, allergies or asthma. It takes time to resolve, but is usually well-controlled through moisturisers and steroid creams.

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• Keep skin moist by applying moisturiser several times a day • Avoid irritants to the skin such as soap or fragrances • Avoid scratching skin

Dry, rough, red skin Weepy and/or itchy patches In infants, the rash often involves the face In older children, the skin in the creases of the knees and elbows, around the neck and on the hands is particularly affected

See Your Paediatrician If… • Your child's eczema gets worse or becomes infected. Please note: persistent skin care is paramount in managing eczema, so make sure you have regular follow-ups with your paediatrician or dermatologist.


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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) How to Treat at Home

Brief Description

Common Symptoms

UTI’s are caused by bacteria getting into the urinary tract (bladder or kidneys). Children with congenital abnormalities to the urinary tract are at higher risk. Chronic constipation predisposes children to UTI’s.

Older children: • • Pain when passing urine • • Frequent urinating • Fever • • Abdominal pain • Wetting accidents in a potty-trained child Infants can have non-specific symptoms, including irritability, lack of appetite, vomiting, fever or foul or smelly urine.

Encourage plenty of fluids Avoid constipation with a fibre-rich diet Seek medical assessment

Children with UTI’s need to see a doctor, as these infections won't get better on their own and should be treated with antibiotics.

Brief Description

Common Symptoms

How to Treat at Home

Constipation is characterised by having less frequent bowel movements (less than three per week), having hard and difficult-to-pass stools or struggling to open bowels.

• Having trouble and pain when going to the toilet • Straining when opening bowels • Feeling full and bloated • Passing small amounts of blood in stool

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Eat more fibre-rich food Avoid processed food Drink plenty of fluids Do some active exercise

See Your Paediatrician If… • There is no improvement with dietary changes and increases in exercise • You are concerned that constipation is going on for too long and starting to affect the general health and wellbeing of your child.

Head Injury Brief Description These occur mostly from bumps and bashes, e.g. falling off a bed, and can be both external to scalp and/or internal, involving the skull, with bruising/bleeding to the brain. Fortunately, most childhood falls or blows to the head cause injury to the scalp only. Common Symptoms • • • • •

Visible external injuries Headache Vomiting Lethargy Irritability

How to Treat at Home • • • •

Remain calm yourself to avoid distressing the child Comfort your child Look for external injuries Seek medical assessment

See Your Paediatrician If… • Has fallen from a significant height • Loses consciousness • Is irritable or will not stop crying • Is lethargic and not interested in distraction • Vomits • Is unable to wake up • Is unsteady on their feet. See or call your paediatrician, or go straight to the ER at George Town Hospital, if you are at all concerned.





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Swimming Safety


Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children aged 1-4 in the USA according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with around 360 children dying each year. Thankfully, in Cayman water-related deaths among children are relatively low as children are taught water safety from a young age. However, one should never get complacent as accidents can happen in an instant. With so many children participating in water-related activities, it's important to stay safe in Cayman's waters. Local swim school Sky Blue Aquatics has provided some top tips for keeping you and your family safe around water. 1. Set Strict Limits Teach children that they are not allowed to enter a pool or the sea without an adult’s permission. Always review the ‘Pool Rules’ with your child before entering the water. For older children, state exactly how deep they are allowed into the sea. It’s recommended that children use flotation devices in the sea such as noodles, swim belts and puddle jumpers as even strong swimmers can get into trouble. 2. Supervise Children Children should always be supervised when in or near the water. Adults who are supervising children should remain alert, vigilant and never turn away or get distracted, even for a moment. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach; small children can drown in as little as one inch of water. 3. Learn What Drowning Looks Like Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that people expect. When people are struggling to breathe, speech and screaming become secondary. The natural reaction is to extend arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface, as opposed to waving. 4. Learn CPR Parents need to learn basic first aid, CPR and basic water rescue. Both adults and children should know what to do if they see someone in trouble in the water. Water Safety courses are available at Sky Blue Aquatics (private and group) and CPR/First Aid courses are offered by the Red Cross and Fitness Connection (private and group). Sky Blue Aquatics also offers Nanny Water Safety Courses to teach nannies about pool safety and how to swim.

Some Common Signs of


• Head low in the water with mouth at water level. • Head tilted back with mouth open. • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus. • Eyes entirely closed. • Hair flopped over forehead or eyes. • Not using legs, but vertical in the water. • Hyperventilating or gasping. • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway. • Trying to roll over onto back without success. • Appearing to be climbing an invisible ladder.

Life-Saving Lessons

Enrol kids in swimming lessons to ensure that they are equipped with the skills to swim safely. Babies can start lessons as young as six weeks old with a paediatrician's approval. Infants cannot swim on their own as they are not strong enough and have not yet developed fine motor skills. However, starting little ones in swim lessons at a young age will get your child comfortable with structured lessons, their teacher and, most importantly, the water.

All swim lessons should include safety survival techniques such as: • Fall in, turn around, reach for the wall • Fall in, roll over, float • Getting in and out of a pool safely • Holding and walking (with hands) on the side of the pool.

SWIM SCHOOLS: Fitness Connection and Sky Blue Aquatics both offer mobile swimming instruction with lessons for babies aged six weeks to adults. Private, semi-private and small group lessons are available. Fitness Connection also has its own pool in South Sound. Fitness Connection: Tel: (345) 949 8485, Email: fitness@fitness.ky, Web: www.fitness.ky. Sky Blue Aquatics: Tel: (345) 916 0054, Email: info@ skyblueaquatics.com, Web: www.skyblueaquatics.com.


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A Life Saved



Drowning people will shout for help. Normally people who are drowning are unable to shout out as they are struggling to breathe. Kids are usually noisy in the pool so pay particular attention if they get quiet.

Drowning people will wave and splash about. People who are drowning need their arms to push down on the water; they won’t be able to wave as that will cause them to sink further.

Drowning people can help themselves if safety is near. In reality, they may well not be able to reach for a rescuer or grab a lifeline; further assistance will be required.

Drowning takes time. Typically people can only struggle at the surface for 20-60 seconds before drowning occurs.

Despite the child being blue and unresponsive, Melicia started performing life-saving CPR. Within moments, the child started bringing up water and began to breathe again. She later got the all-clear from a medical professional and suffered no longterm damage. Kathy survived thanks to the quick reactions and powerful skill-set of Melicia and her daughter.


In March 2019, a young family were visiting Cayman on holiday. Their 1½ year old daughter, Kathy, was playing by the pool in the condo and fell in. Her parents’ attention had been temporarily diverted and they didn’t notice that she was missing. Fortunately, another young child – Miyah BettyEbanks, 3 years old - was nearby and spotted that the infant was in distress. She quickly alerted her mother, who was also near. Even more fortunately, her mother was professionallytrained local Lifeguard Melicia Ebanks. Melicia immediately jumped in and pulled the child out.

Melicia had been professionally trained for over 30 hours by Senior Lifeguard Craig Amundsen from Oasis Aqua Park. Craig and the team from Oasis are making it their mission to improve the standards of lifeguarding on Cayman and are championing the importance of more hotels and water-based businesses employing fully-trained Lifeguards. For more information on Lifeguard training, email info@ oasisaquaparkcayman.com.

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Identifying Learning, Behavioural or

Cognitive Issues

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There is nothing more unsettling for a parent than the thought that their child may not be developing typically. You may notice that your child is not meeting milestones as quickly as another child. Your child may also engage in strange behaviours or do odd things that just don’t seem right. But what should you do next? − Faith Gealey MS CCC-SLP, a Speech and Language Pathologist at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority

Seeking Diagnosis

When your instinct tells you that things are not going the way they should, be guided by it. While a million questions may run through your mind, following these steps should result in a smoother journey through the assesment and/or diagnosis process: 1. Talk to anyone who helps you care for your child: A teacher, nanny, carer or grandparent. Check whether they have any concerns about your child’s development. 2. Document your concerns: Make a list of your concerns about your child’s development with specific examples of their behaviour. It will be easier for you to discuss these concerns once they are written down, and you won’t have to worry about forgetting any key areas you want to discuss with your paediatrician.


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3. See your child’s paediatrician: Paediatricians are not only there for when your child is feeling sick. Your child’s healthcare providers are also there to assist you with tracking your child’s development. Discuss your concerns with them so that an action plan can be developed. These are individuals who see children on a daily basis and are familiar with what the range of normal development looks like. Allow them to assist you in this process with securing the appropriate referrals and to ease any concerns you may have. 4. Follow through with referrals: Your paediatrician may recommend that your child see one or more service providers on-Island. Please do not wait! Proceed with making the necessary appointments for your child based on your paediatrician’s recommendations. Keep in mind that for some services, there may be a short waiting period between when the appointment is made and when your child is seen.

5. Report back to your paediatrician: After following through with your child’s referrals, it will be best to forward these results to your child’s paediatrician. Not only will they be able to decipher any of the technical aspects of the report but they can also make subsequent referrals for any therapy that is required. Many insurance companies will not cover services without a physician’s referral, so having your paediatrician as an integral part of your team is vital.

Next Steps

School Age Children Work with your child’s school If your child is over the age of five or enrolled in school, seek school-based guidance. For children already enrolled in primary or secondary school, seeking help will be varied based on the school setting. Most public and private schools have a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), or an equivalent position. Discuss your concerns regarding your

For children who attend government schools, many services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy and Education Psychology are offered within the school system. For children who attend private schools, parents may need to seek support through the Health Services Authority or through one of the privately owned medical service providers on-Island. For a full list of providers, see page 143. Ask for an Individualised Education Plan This is a plan that outlines in writing what services will be provided to your child and what accommodations can be offered to him or her in their academic setting. It also includes short term and long term goals that your child’s therapy team and teachers will focus on. Establishing an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) will assist your child’s therapy team with planning and implementing goals that will enhance your child’s academic success. IEPs are often written by a school’s SENCO (or equivalent) in consultation with all stakeholders included. As a result, it encourages an open dialogue between you, your child’s teacher and your child’s service providers. IEPs are updated annually, however, these can be updated more or less frequently, depending on your child’s unique academic needs.


Under 5's If your child is under the age of five, enrol them in the Early Intervention Programme (EIP). This programme involves a group of early childhood teachers and therapists who specialise in providing services to children under the age of five. These professionals can assess your child’s overall development and provide additional support and services if your child demonstrates a need for them. Their goal is to have your child ready for school.

child’s classroom teacher and the SENCO for your child’s school. The SENCO will coordinate a meeting with all of the stakeholders so that all concerns can be discussed and can assist you with getting the necessary referrals.


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Seek Support If your child has been diagnosed with a special need, it can be overwhelming and it is quite natural for you as a parent to go through periods of grief, denial, sadness, anger or anxiety as you try to wrap your head around their diagnosis and the way forward. Seeking support from other parents who have gone through similar experiences can help you come to terms with your child’s diagnosis. Additionally, there are non-profit agencies on-Island, such as the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman (SNFC), that are available as a resource to families to provide access to trainings, guidance and general support as you and your family goes through this difficult period. Remember that the diagnosis of a special needs child does not change who your child is to you or their role in your family. They are still the little child that you are madly in love with. As you go through the therapy process, take time to appreciate the small gains your child will make. The small changes eventually add up to greater transformations over time – and these are worthy of celebration – no matter how small!

Common Special Needs

Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (often abbreviated to ASD) is a multifaceted neurological disorder that affects communication, cognition and social skills. It is usually noticeable prior to three

years of age. It is an umbrella term that is used to describe a wide range of behaviours and abilities, thus the reason it is referred to as a 'spectrum' disorder. There are several 'red flag' characteristics across three domains that provide strong indicators that ASD is present. Communication: • Does not respond to his or her name • Seems to hear sometimes, but not other times • Used to say a few words or babble, but now does not • May engage in 'echolalia' or repetition of words or phrases heard in conversation or from other sources (toys/ television etc.) but no functional communication is initiated Social interaction: • Demonstrates poor eye contact • Lack of warm, joyful expressions • Seems to be in his or her 'own world' • Is not interested in interacting with other children or people • Does not like to play social interaction games like 'peek-aboo' Behaviour: • Repetitive movements with objects or repetitive verbalisations • Odd movements or posturing of body, arms, hands or fingers (such as hand flapping, rocking etc.)








• Plays with toys unusually (i.e. only playing with a small part of the toy, like the wheel of a car, or lining toys up instead of playing with them)

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder of the brain that affects how a person pays attention and concentrates on tasks. This neurological disorder is characterised by delayed frontal lobe development, which impacts a child's ability to attend to tasks, stay organised, manage impulsive behaviours and follow through with instructions. ADHD is three times more likely to occur in boys than girls. There are three types of ADHD – Inattentive, HyperactiveImpulsive and Combined. Here are the red flags:

Inattentive: • Easily distracted by environmental noises and activities around them • Look around frequently • Often found to be 'daydreaming' • Difficulties with staying focused on one task or activity • Difficulties with remembering instructions

Many types of communication disorders fall under the diagnosis of a 'Language Disorder' including: • Preschool Language Deficits (typically this is seen as a language delay, which is the result of atypical language acquisition) • Language-Based Learning Disabilities (these typically involve learning disabilities that affect a child’s ability to develop reading, writing and spelling skills)

• Difficulties paying attention to detail • Difficulties with organising belongings and tasks

• Selective Mutism

Hyperactive-impulsivity: • Always engaging in movement • Difficulties with remaining seated

• Executive Functioning Deficits (where metalinguistic skills such as organisation, attention and self-regulation are delayed)

• Often stands instead of sitting at table • Often touching objects

Many parents are cautious and scared about having their child ‘labelled’ or classified as having a special need. The fear that a child with special needs will be ostracised by their educators, peers and by society in general is a very real one that many parents struggle with on a daily basis. However, in most cases, having a diagnosis is beneficial to the child and entitles them to a myriad of services, classroom support and educational accommodations which, ultimately, will help them succeed.

• Excessive talking, often during inappropriate times • Difficulties with waiting for a turn • Difficulties with standing in line • Impulsive behaviour or decisions



• Cognitive Deficits (where cognitive challenges affect language acquisition and development)

• Fidgeting when asked to sit still

Combined: • Characteristics from both the Inattentive Hyperactive-Impulsivity type are observed

with language disorders have difficulties with expressing themselves clearly and fluently.


ADHD is usually diagnosed by a psychologist, but treatment of the disorder may include the guidance and care of a psychiatrist. Diet, environmental changes, therapy and medication are all methods used to treat ADHD. Families usually work closely with their child’s paediatrician to monitor a child’s response to treatment methods. Learning Disabilities Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing difficulties which interfere with the development of executive functioning skills and also impact the ability to learn basic skills such as reading, maths and writing. Children with a learning disability typically have difficulties with learning new tasks, remembering and recalling key pieces of information, answering questions appropriately, telling time, and often mix up the order of information (for e.g. mixing up letters during spelling or mixing up the order of a story). These disorders can include: auditory processing disorders, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning disorders, visual motor/visual processing disorders. Communication (Language) Disorders The American Speech Hearing Association describes a language disorder as when a person has difficulties understanding others (i.e. receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (i.e. expressive language) or a combination of the two. Typically children



Sun Safety

for Kids

Protecting Skin from the Sun Suncare Do’s and Don’ts


In a tropical climate like Cayman, where the sun is strong and a good deal of time is spent outdoors, practising sun safety is essential for all ages and ethnicities. Whilst skin melanoma is rare in children (accounting for just 3% of paediatric cancers), protecting their skin whilst young is important for their lifelong health. Suffering blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence could increase their chances of developing melanoma in the future. Here are some important guidelines to bear in mind: DO: • Apply sunscreen every morning before school and keep a bottle of sunscreen in their school bag. • Choose SPF30 or higher. • Consider using a reef-friendly sunscreen before spending time on the beach. • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, before an outdoor activity and after swimming or towelling off, even if the sunscreen is ‘water resistant’. • Throw away any sunscreen that you’ve had open for longer than 12 months or that has ‘split’ or changed in texture. • Keep infants under six months out of the sun as much as possible and keep children out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day when possible (11am to 3pm). • Cover up using a sun top, sunglasses and a hat. Choose clothes where you can’t see your hand through the fabric. • Be generous in the amount of sunscreen you use; full coverage is important. • Apply in advance – it takes approximately 15 minutes for sunscreen to sink into your skin. DON’T: • Buy spray-on sunscreens as they may harm children’s lungs. • Leave sunscreens in the sun. • Use a sunscreen that includes bug repellents – the sunscreen’s ability to screen out UV can be decreased by the repellent, whilst the toxicity of the repellent is increased. • Miss less obvious areas like ears, feet, mouth, neck and back of the knees. • Forget to apply your own sunscreen – it’s not just about the kids!


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Skin Cancer Watch


1in 5 Americans develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Over the past three years, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. Here are the main warning signs - or ABCDE's - to look out for: A: Asymmetry – if you draw a line through a mole, the two halves should match. B: Border – see a doctor if the border is uneven, notched or scalloped. C: Colour – moles should be the same colour throughout; look out for moles that include different shades of brown or black, or sometimes even patched of pink, red, white or blue. D: Diameter – be vigilant of moles that are greater in length than 6mm (though smaller moles may also be malignant). E: Evolving – moles that change shape, colour, size or elevation, or that bleed or itch, need to be looked at by a professional.

Protecting Eyes from the Sun

Although a recent survey showed that 82% of parents made their kids wear sunscreen, only 32% of their children wore sunglasses*. However, UV light can be equally damaging to eyes and can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration when older. Both of these conditions can cause impaired vision or blindness. (* VSP survey of 2,000 US adults) Infants and children lack the pigment in their eyes that help filter UV light, so making your kids wear sunglasses is crucial. This is especially important if playing on the beach, on a boat or going somewhere snowy; the reflective surfaces of sand, water and snow can almost double your UV exposure. As with skin, sun is most damaging to eyes between 10am and 4pm.


Here are six things to bear in mind when buying sunglasses for kids: • Glasses should offer 99-100% UV protection. • Select polycarbonate lenses that can take more wear and tear. • Wrap-around glasses offer the best protection. • Grey-coloured lenses are best as they absorb all colours equally so kids can see the world in natural colours. • Choose darker coloured lenses – you shouldn’t be able to see your child’s eyes through the lenses. • Expensive isn’t always best; good lenses – with full UV protection – can be bought on a budget. Sometimes knowing what to look for is only half the battle. It can at times feel impossible to encourage stubborn little ones to wear sunglasses. Here are a few tips which might help: • Let kids choose between colours or styles if possible.

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• Go shopping for your own sunglasses at the same time so you can give each other advice – or even match up! • Try and make a habit of putting them on whenever you leave the house, like shoes. • Draw their attention to older kids, athletes and celebrities who are wearing shades, and make sure you always wear your own sunglasses to set a good example. • Consider buying kid-friendly sunglasses straps to stop glasses falling off and to make sure they float if they fall into water. • If you can’t get them to keep sunglasses on, make sure they wear wide-brimmed hats for all activities in the sun. TOP TIP: Surprisingly, cloud cover doesn’t significantly affect UV rays. Your risk of UV exposure can be quite high even on hazy or overcast days. This is because UV is invisible radiation, not visible light, and can penetrate clouds. Make sure you always wear sunscreen and sunglasses, even on cloudy days.

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Q&A Dr Keelin Fox

Dr Jasmina Marinova

Why did you decide to study dentistry? As a young child, I had a fear of going to the dentist! I was fortunate to have a close family friend who was a dentist; I completed work experience with her and those few weeks changed my perceptions and planted the seed to pursue a career in dentistry.

Why did you decide to study medicine? At school I was obsessed with Chemistry and everybody thought I would be another Marie Curie, but one day I woke up and realised that people matter more than atoms and molecules.

Did you ever want to quit? Dentistry, like many other professions, is demanding on your body and mind, so it’s especially important in this profession to maintain a good work-life balance. The mouth is a very small workspace and procedures can be intense. But when you make a difference in someone’s life and see how happy they are, that’s a really great feeling and why I’ve never considered quitting. How did you decide which area of dentistry to specialise in? I’m a general dental surgeon so I treat the full spectrum of dental issues in kids and adults, which means I’m never bored! I am currently studying for a Masters in Orthodontics in London. What was the toughest moment of your career to date? When I first qualified, I felt overwhelmed. I worked in the Accident and Emergency at the Dublin Dental Hospital and was exposed to a lot of emergency patients with complex needs. I learned so much that year but I had to adapt quickly to the demands of the job.


Did you ever want to quit medicine? Yes, but not because of medicine. I started my career in difficult times for my home country and doctor’s wages wouldn’t pay the bills. It was my loving husband who persuaded me to stay in the profession I loved, taking the whole financial burden on his shoulders. How did you decide to specialise in paediatrics? As a fun-loving junior doctor I found paediatric patients funny, open, honest and unbelievably genuine, so I was naturally attracted to working with children. Little did I know at the time how challenging and rewarding paediatrics actually is! What is the best part of being a doctor in Cayman? The people! I love our unique international community. What was the toughest moment of your career to date? It’s been a long career, so I can think of many tough moments. However, I think it is the emotions you face when mother nature renders medicine powerless to help.

Who has been your main professional inspiration? I would say my previous employer back in Ireland, Dr McAllister. He was instrumental in setting up the Irish Oral Cancer Awareness programme that has saved many lives and fully supported me promoting this programme here in Cayman, which we run every year with the help of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

If you were to work in a developing country, where would you choose? My family and I support the Bansang Hospital in rural Gambia. In 2014 we spent time there and introduced the POPS (Paediatric Observation Priority Score) system to recognise sick children, as well as delivering training on neonatal life support. Part of my heart will always remain with the wonderful people we met there, and undoubtedly I will go back one day to do more.

Dr Fox is a Dentist at The Dental Centre. Originally from Ireland, she is married with three children under the age of nine.

Dr Marinova is a Paediatrician at Integra Healthcare. She is Bulgarian and is married with two grown up children.

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Dr Sripadh Upadhya

Dr Sook Yin

At what age did you decide to study medicine? I am a science person and chose science and biology during High School, aspiring to be the first medical doctor in my family.

Why did you decide to study medicine? When I was at primary school I had classmates who were handicapped due to Polio, but they never let this stop them from doing anything. They held their pencils with their toes and had better handwriting than I have! That was a defining moment for me as I knew I wanted to be in the field of Medicine and understand what we can do to help and heal people.

Did you ever want to quit medicine? Never! It was always my passion to be a physician.

What was the toughest moment of your career to date? I would say I have had two challenging career phases. The first one was the tough task of choosing between two specialties after med school. I literally had 24 hours to choose - and I don’t regret choosing paediatrics as my career choice. The second one was the decision to move to Cayman to lead and build the Cardiology department, leaving an established practice in India. If you were asked to teach your skills in a developing country, where would you choose? It would definitely be Haiti. I have visited Haiti many times to conduct cardiac screening camps for diagnosing and triaging children with heart ailments. Training the health professionals there would make a considerable difference in the way they manage children with heart disease. In fact, we are currently training a young man from Haiti who assisted us with translation. He is in India now furthering his skills and he would be a great asset for the health care of his community.

Dr Sripadh is a Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Health City. He was born in India and is married with two young sons.

Did you ever want to quit medicine as a junior doctor? I studied Medicine in Queens University Belfast in the 70s and worked in A&E in Belfast City Hospital as a Junior Doctor. Those were very difficult times as that was the height of terrorism in Northern Ireland. We were dealing with gunshot wounds and victims of sectarian attacks and bomb blasts, not to mention distressed families. Having to break the news to family members of patients who could not be resuscitated was the hardest thing to do as a Doctor. There were times I wanted to quit, but I didn't and this experience has made me a stronger person and maybe a better Doctor as a result.


How did you decide which area of medicine to specialise in? During my med school days, I was inspired by the dedication and relentless work of Paediatricians and the smile they brought about on children’s and their parents’ faces. Also, I was pained by the suffering of children with heart disease. I decided to pursue paediatric cardiology to bring smiles to these little ones’ faces.

How did you decide which area of medicine to specialise in? I started off wanting to be an OB/GYN as I wanted to deliver babies but when I finished all the rotations, I realised I love all aspects of medicine and that’s why I chose to be a GP/Family Physician. What is the best thing about working in Cayman? The wonderful people, who embraced me with open arms as one of their own when I arrived here as young Doctor in 1987! I had great mentors here who guided me, as suddenly I had to get used to the Cayman accent and the Caribbean culture and the wonderful food. My patients have been my best teachers and now I have 4 generations of family members who are now patients of my clinic, from great-grandparents to great-grandchildren.

A General Practitioner at Seven Mile Clinic, Dr Yin is British/Caymanian and has two children, aged 24 and 27.


Dental Care

for Children


Developing positive oral hygiene habits early in childhood is crucial in ensuring continued practice into adulthood. This means starting very early, even before your baby’s teeth have emerged.

It is important to be aware that primary tooth enamel is much thinner and less resistant to decay than permanent/adult teeth. The key to successful teeth brushing for young children is ensuring that they are accustomed to the experience of having their teeth and gums touched and cleaned as early on as possible.

a tooth, it must be brushed not only on the top side (chewing surface) but also the cheek side, tongue side, and in some cases the back side. It is great to let your child brush their own teeth at an early age, but it is paramount that this activity is closely supervised and that the parent goes over their brushing afterwards.

Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth and water. This early oral stimulation may help prevent fungal infections, such as oral thrush, and also makes acceptance of the toothbrush less of a challenge once the teeth start to erupt.

Proper Tooth Brushing, Frequency & Technique

First Visit to the Dentist

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend establishing a 'Dental Home' for your child by one year of age, with follow-up visits every six months. Although the first visit will not likely be much more than a quick examination, it will assist your child in becoming familiar with the process of having their teeth examined and will also allow the dentist to provide some helpful suggestions regarding oral healthcare. These examinations are also essential for early detection and/or interception of any problems.

Should I Allow My Child to Brush His/Her Own Teeth?

Fostering an early independence in oral hygiene is important for your child’s development. Allowing your child to brush their own teeth is crucial; however, until a child is eight years of age, they will often not comprehend that teeth are three-dimensional objects. They may not understand that in order to properly clean


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Prevention is key; the AAPD recommends using fluoridated toothpaste (ADA approved) as soon as the first teeth erupt. At the first glimpse of primary teeth, switch to a soft-bristled, age-appropriate toothbrush. Use only a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Gradually, as more baby teeth appear, you can increase the amount of toothpaste until you get to a ‘pea-sized’ drop once all 20 primary teeth are present. Early childhood tooth decay can start suddenly and spread very quickly; dentist visits every six months are therefore essential. Brush your child’s teeth gently, but thoroughly, twice a day. The last brush of the day should be after your child’s last food or drink (other than water) and right before they are put to bed. This will ensure you significantly decrease or eliminate any food particles that cavity-causing bacteria feed on. These bacteria are especially active at night when a child is sleeping and their saliva production is minimal. TOP TIP: Don't let your children share their toothbrushes. Toothbrushes can harbour Streptococcus mutans, which is the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.


A child’s teeth should be flossed at least once a day, preferably before bed. It is important to thoroughly floss the teeth at any point where the teeth are touching each other. The tooth brush cannot adequately clean these areas which leaves them particularly susceptible to decay. There are devices such as ‘floss wands’ for kids that make this task easier and more of a fun activity for children.

Breast Feeding & Bottle Use


The most common and serious cause of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugars, both natural and artificial. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened drinks. Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. These liquids pool around the teeth and feed the bacteria in the mouth, which in turn produce acids that attack tooth enamel. This type of destructive tooth decay is also known as Nursing Bottle Caries or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. TOP TIP: Not all toothpaste in Cayman contains fluoride so this is something you should check, either yourself or with your dentist. Toothpastes containing 1,000 and 1,500ppm of fluoride are most effective for over 3s. Children under 3 should brush twice daily with a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride.

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Health Insurance for Kids


Health insurance for your children is absolutely essential, not only from a safety perspective, but also because it’s the law. Although decades ago medical care for children was free at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, this is no longer the case. Cayman has adopted third-party American-style health insurance instead of socialised medicine. Cayman laws mandate that every citizen, including children, must have at least a Standard Health Insurance Contract (SHIC). There are a few instances when Public Health may cover some, or all, medical costs. These include Cayman-required immunisations not covered by insurance, financial assistance with pre-natal expenses for some Caymanian women if their insurance benefits have been exhausted (this does not include delivery costs), and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

Insuring Children There are no insurers in Cayman that offer

child-only individual policies for under 18s, so children must be added to a parent’s plan. Any parent working in Cayman should have health coverage offered by their employer, and the employer is required to extend coverage options to any legally-resident dependants. This extension applies to spouses and their children, step-children or adopted children living in Cayman (even if they are attending school overseas). Employers do not have to pay towards the children’s premiums, although some do contribute. Health insurance for family members can be a large expense in the budget, so be sure to discuss as part of your employment package. Unemployed parents must insure their children via their own individual policy.

Please note that information on insuring for pregnancy and birth, and on insuring newborns, can be found on page 178.

Mum’s Plan or Dad’s Plan? If you and your spouse (or other

parent) are on different health plans, you should choose to add your child to one or the other plan, or apply for both parents’ plans. When deciding which plan to go with, you should consider: • What are the benefits of each person’s plan? • Which parent is likely to stay in their job longer? Although it is possible to change plans, it can be time-consuming and things like deductible credits may be lost. • What are the monthly premiums and how much does each employer contribute towards the dependant’s coverage? • Ask your employer about renewal dates (the rates you are quoted today may change at renewal time, so the best deal right now may not be the best deal in a few months’ time). • When calculating the costs of insuring children, remember to take into account the variance in pay periods: if you are paid every two weeks, will you be looking at deductions on every pay check, including the months when you receive three?


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Both Plans? Whilst the law requires a minimum coverage it does

not block additional coverage, so in some cases it is possible to put a child on two plans. If both parents have the same insurer, however, double enrolment is not an option. In double coverage, the benefits should be coordinated between the two plans: the primary plan should pay first, and eligible differences can be submitted for coverage by the second. In Cayman, the father’s plan is usually considered the primary plan in cases of coordinating benefits (COB). It is important to consider, however, whether the potential benefits warrant paying the additional premiums. A possible instance when double-coverage could be beneficial is if a baby is ill or premature and one plan’s benefits will not suffice.

Insurance for School & College Age Children Whilst

they are dependants, children are to be insured on their parents’ plan, but once they marry or begin regular work (not counting holiday jobs), they are usually no longer considered dependants eligible for the parents' plans and should go on their spouse's or own employer’s plan (even if under age 18). In the event that the child loses his or her job, returns to school or becomes financially dependent again, it is possible to apply to add them back on to their parents' plan.

Young adults aged between 18 or 19 years old (depending on the insurer) and age 30, who are in school or college and/or otherwise financially dependent on their parent, may remain on their parents' plan as an ‘overage dependant’. In order to cover an overage dependent, however, proof that they are studying or financially dependent must be provided on a regular basis to the insurer, often as frequently as every six months. It is the parents' responsibility to maintain valid proof at all times. Parents need to know and follow their insurer’s requirements in this important matter. Failure to provide such proof – even when premiums are paid – may result in claims not being paid, and the insurer will not be able to verify coverage in emergency situations.

Children & Travel

Parents whose children travel either on school trips or to study overseas, should make sure their insurance plan covers them wherever they may be. If studying overseas, it is not necessarily a good idea to drop their Cayman plan in favour of an overseas or college plan, especially if the college plan does not cover them during vacations or whilst in Cayman. Equally, children studying in Cayman may travel to other countries for sports or school trips. In such cases it is important to find out what coverage their plan provides abroad. Many of the basic plans have minimal or no emergency benefits, and require Cayman referrals signed by two doctors or the Chief Medical Officer in order to receive major care overseas. Parents may therefore need to purchase

additional medical travel insurance for the periods when their children make trips overseas. Often travel agents carry such policies. Many overseas plans require pre-approval, so it is a good idea to provide the child or his/her caregiver with guidance on how to use the plan overseas. Your child will also need their ID card. If a parent has children living overseas who come to visit them in Cayman, they too should ensure that the child(ren) have a home policy including overseas benefits, or a travel policy, to cover them in Cayman. The Major Medical Benefits (MMB) are the most important part of the coverage to review.

If you downgrade your family’s plan to save money, you will only be portable to the new level of plan if you change jobs or plans later. If you move your child off your local coverage and

What Can You Afford? The wisest course of action is to

choose the highest coverage you can afford as even the most mundane of procedures quickly climb in costs. If, however, you opt for a lesser coverage in order to save on monthly costs, consider putting some of those savings aside for an ‘emergency fund’ which you can dip into if and when needed.

As per the Health Insurance Law, if you are Caymanian and cannot afford the premiums to cover your child, you may apply for medical coverage for your children through the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), which is part of the Community Affairs Youth & Sports Ministry. Applications and relevant documentation should be submitted before a medical emergency arises. It is also worth noting that the Government allows Caymanians (but not expatriates) to sign IOUs or put their property up for collateral for urgent medical care not covered by their insurance. This lien will remain on the property until the medical debt is repaid.


Changing Plans It is possible to change plans, and ‘portability protection’ means that if you or your child have been covered for 12 or more months with no more than a three month break in coverage on a Cayman-based compliant plan, the next Cayman insurer cannot refuse your entry nor add new restrictions onto your enrolment for a similar level of plan. The insurers may rate the premiums higher for the risks presented however, and can deny claims for conditions not disclosed on the application.

onto an overseas plan, your child will lose portability due to the break in coverage. Importantly, portability still requires, as always, the applicant to fully answer all questions accurately. Typically there will be more questions on forms for higher cover plans - allow yourself time to complete accurately. Pre-existing conditions not declared may have related claims denied in full, without even SHIC benefits available. This can be avoided by being thorough and truthful.

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Getting Immunisations Right


The Cayman Islands has one of the lowest incidences of vaccine-preventable diseases in the world, and diseases such as polio have been fully eliminated. While immunisations are not mandated by law in the Cayman Islands, they are highly recommended by the Public Health Department, who has oversight for monitoring and administering immunisations in the country. According to UNICEF, vaccine-preventable diseases are one of the major causes of illness and long-term disabilities among children both in industrialised and developing countries. The prevention of Paralytic Polio in hundreds of thousands of children worldwide since the beginning of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is just one example of the effectiveness of vaccines. Although there have been a number of controversial vaccinerelated headlines in recent years, immunisations are one of the most effective ways of protecting your child's health from the very beginning. Protecting your baby from over 16

serious diseases with the help of vaccines is a powerful defence that's tested, safe and effective. "Cayman has a very transient population and we have visitors and residents who travel to countries that have higher incidences of vaccine-preventable diseases, so we strongly recommend that parents protect their children by following our immunisation schedule", says Nurse Joanna Rose-Wright, Nurse Manager for the Primary Health Care Services, HSA. Currently, there are four nurses who are assigned to all the public and private schools in the country. You may contact the Public Health Department (Tel: (345) 244 2648) or arrange to speak to a school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your children. Nurse Joanna confirmed that there are cases when Public Health officials have recommended deferring a vaccination due to medical reasons or if a child is experiencing ill health, such as a high fever.

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2 months

4 months

6 months

12 months

3-6 years

DTaP Booster

4 years DTaP Booster 2

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Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)




Haemophilus Influenzae (Type B)









Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Influenza - Yearly (2-doses for some)


Varicella B (Chickenpox) Human PapillomaVirus C (HPV4)

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4 years IPV HiB Booster


6 months & older

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)


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Diphtheria Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis


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MMR Varicella 2-dose series

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Vaccine 101

Hepatitis B (HEP B): Hep B is an infectious disease, spread by exposure to infectious blood or body fluid. It affects the liver and can cause acute and chronic infections. Many people have no symptoms at first, but later symptoms include vomiting, yellowish skin, tiredness, dark urine and abdominal pain.

Polio (IPV): Polio is a highly contagious disease, caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Symptoms may range from nonparalytic fever and throat infection, to limb deformity and complete paralysis.

Diphtheria (DTaP): Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that spreads easily and occurs very quickly. It mainly affects the upper respiratory system, including the nose and throat. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, swollen lymph nodes and general weakness.

Rotavirus (RV): Rotavirus is a very contagious disease that most commonly affects infants, young children and those who work or live with children. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain.

Tetanus (DTaP): Often called Lockjaw, Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. Symptoms include painful muscle contractions, difficulty in breathing and intermittent muscle spasms.

Human Papilloma-Virus (HPV): HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is usually harmless, but some high-risk strains can lead to cervical cancer. A symptom of HPV is genital warts; however, most people with HPV don’t show signs of infection.


Top Facts

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• The Cayman Islands follows immunisation standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). • The last case of Polio in Cayman was in 1957. The last case in the Caribbean was recorded in 1982. The last case of Measles in Cayman was in 1990. The last case of Rubella was in 1996. • DTaP and HPV vaccines are often administered to children by school nurses at schools in Cayman, but only when written consent from a parent has been received. • If a parent chooses not to immunise their child in the Cayman Islands, they must sign a legal document accepting full responsibility if their child contracts a vaccine-preventable disease. • The Cayman Islands Public Health Department administers immunisations for free, but parents may choose to have their children immunised by a private paediatrician. • Schools in Cayman will request to see your child's immunisation record and a health screening report prior to enrolment.


Tuberculosis (BCG): Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection which generally affects the lungs. It is contagious and spreads from one person to another through the air. Symptoms include chronic cough, difficulty in breathing, fever and weight loss, amongst others.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HiB): HiB is a bacteria responsible for causing flu like infections like Meningitis, Pneumonia and other throat infections. Depending on the type of infection, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, cough, breathing problems, fever and muscle pain.

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Do You See What 'Eye' See?


According to the World Health Organization, an estimated19 million children under the age of 15 are visually impaired. Of those, 12 million children are visually impaired due to refractive errors, a condition that could be easily diagnosed and corrected. Interestingly, 80% of all international visual impairment can be prevented or cured. Eyes can potentially develop problems such as refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism), cataracts or glaucoma. Having regular eye tests are essential for spotting these problems. We asked local eye care authority, Dr. Chris Vuorenmaa from Caribbean Optical, to help us shed some light on the subject.

When should parents schedule their child’s first eye exam?

The first eye exam should be done at six months, and then from school age (four and a half years) tests should be undertaken annually.

Are school eye checks enough?

No. Although they do catch the more obvious problems, school eye checks are very basic in nature.

What sort of warning signs should parents be looking out for? Squinting, sitting too close to the television and problems reading should all be warning signs.

What are some serious eye problems that parents should be aware of?

The most serious, of course, would be a tumour and/ or damage to the eye itself. Having a large prescription difference between the eyes, and not catching this, can lead to amblyopia or a 'lazy eye'. Regular eye exams will catch this.

What tips do you have for parents buying eyewear?

Find something that is durable and that the child will want to wear. You have to get their okay, so getting them involved is important.

When is a child old enough for contact lenses?

The answer simply is when they are responsible for taking care of them. Some seven-year-olds are great with contacts, some 25-year-olds shouldn't be trusted. Whether they can keep a clean room on their own is a good guideline.

Common Eye Care


Children will outgrow cross-eyes or lazy eyes.

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Sitting too close to the TV can damage eyes. If parents have poor eyesight, their children will suffer from the same eye problems. As you get older, there is nothing you can do about your worsening vision. It is okay to skip a child’s first eye exam, as long as they don’t seem to have any problems with their sight.

Family Fitness:

We Like to Move it, Move it! Need some ideas on how to fit in exercise alongside raising kids? Want some ways to keep the whole family active? Here are 10 suggestions how:

2. Build walking into your routine Perhaps fit in a beach walk after dinner or go for an early morning power walk together. Stick with it for a month and it will soon become a fantastic new habit. 3. Attack the cleaning or gardening together Make cleaning a high energy team activity and blast the house or the garden for a short intensive workout. Give the kids something age-appropriate like sweeping the floor or picking up leaves, and set a timer for them to complete their activity. 4. Follow a YouTube exercise video together There a number of great exercise videos online that children can join in with. Try parent and toddler yoga or some higher paced aerobics – kids love jumping about so this should be right up their street! 5. Head out on the bikes, scooters or skateboards Whilst many of the roads in Cayman are unsafe for kids to bike or scooter along, there are a few places that are safe. Camana Bay is a good place for kids to scoot around whilst you jog behind, or try the Black Pearl Skate Park behind Hurleys (CI$7 entry, CI$4 helmet rental fee).

8. Play tag Tag is a brilliant way to fit in intensive bouts of cardio activity. Stick a coloured cloth or dish towel into your back pocket for children to snatch if that helps catch their imagination. 9. Give your workouts a TV theme Build in fitness breaks between episodes of your kids’ favourite TV series’ – run about like Chase or swoop like Buzz Lightyear!


1. Dance it off Whenever you have 10 minutes, and especially if the family is feeling sluggish or bored, pump up the tunes and dance like no-one’s watching. Let each family member take it in turns to DJ!

10. Walk, swim or run for charity Cayman is home to a number of fundraising walks, runs and swims. There’s even a marathon and Kids Fun Run in December if you’re feeling ambitious! Check out www.caymanparent. com for details of upcoming sporting events.

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6. Have swimming races Hit the pool and see who can swim or run through the water the fastest. Or set other challenges, like diving to pick up a certain number of objects from the pool floor. Don’t forget to give your kid a head start if they’re still little! 7. Kick a ball about The low-key joy of knocking a football or rugby ball about shouldn’t be underestimated. Even very little children (from about two years old) love getting involved in a kick about. If you live in a condo or house near other kids, get them involved too - the more, the merrier!

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Book Club

Best for Parents

Best for Children Gentle and reassuring advice, with beautiful illustrations, about how to care for loved ones who are unwell. For ages 2-6.

The Chicago Tribune call’s this ground-breaking book “breathtakingly simple and profoundly positive”. A mustread for those touched by autism.

30 short and simple mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies and emotions. For ages 4-8.

If you have a child with anxiety, you need quick, inthe-moment solutions to help them face their fears and worries. This clear framework provides just that.

A funny and colourful guide to the human body. Jam-packed with fun facts, diagrams and gross stories, this will captivate kids for hours on end! For ages 8-12.


A new book from the experts at the Mayo Clinic, this covers what to expect between ages 3 and 11 – from sleep problems to treating common injuries.

Best Digital for Parents TiLT Parenting is a brilliant podcast aimed at inspiring, informing and supporting parents raising differentlywired kids (giftedness, ADHD, Aspergers, and more). Free, available on iTunes and Google Play Music.


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Best Digital for Children The FitnessKids app animates exercises ranging from the crab-walk and the wheelbarrow to a 'kazachok dance-off'. Kids can play solo or with friends in ‘joust’ mode. $2.99, available for iOS.

10 Health & Wellbeing Hacks 6. Bye-bye splinters Create a paste of baking soda and a few drops of water and dab it onto splinters. Cover with a band aid and leave for 5 minutes to draw the splinter out.

2. Soothe small burns Keep marshmallows in the freezer to use as an ice pack in case of minor burns or bumps. They're softer (and less expensive!) than peas!

7. Get a good start Drink lemon juice and water first thing to add a burst of Vitamin C, flush the digestive system and alkalise the body to balance pH levels.

3. Protect little fingers Use pool noodles to stop doors slamming shut on children’s fingers. Just cut them and slide them onto the edges of doors out of reach.

8. Buddy swim All children should be supervised when near water. But ask older children to ‘buddy up’ so that they also look out for the safety of their friend.

4. Eat to beat the heat Eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in water, such as grapes, watermelon, coconuts, cucumber and strawberries, to keep your body cool and hydrated.

9. Sand be gone Keep baby powder and a brush in the car to dust kids down before you drive home. A bottle of tap water to wash salty hands and feet is also a winner.

5. Have a safety back-up If you’re going anywhere with lots of people, write your number on your child’s arm or stick a tag on a bracelet so that someone can call you if they get lost.

10. Glass disaster Pick up tiny shards of glass using a piece of bread. Just squish the bread down gently around the area where you dropped the glass. www.caymanparent.com


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1. Keep small hands clean Help children reach the water from the tap by creating extenders using old bottles. Cut a hole in the bottom to poke the tap through and presto!


Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) Caring People, Quality Service Description: People in the Cayman Islands can expect world-class healthcare services


right here at home with the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), the country’s principal healthcare facility offering the most comprehensive range of inpatient, outpatient and public health services through the 124-bed Cayman Islands Hospital and four District Health Centres on Grand Cayman, the 18-bed Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and a satellite outpatient clinic in Little Cayman. The HSA provides patients the highest quality of care with services including pre-natal care, paediatrics, maternity, women’s health, physiotherapy, family medicine, dental, online pharmacy refills and much more. Whether you need a routine wellness check by one of our general practitioners or Family Medicine doctors, or need further testing such as radiology imaging, laboratory services, surgery or emergency services, the HSA offers the highest degree of care, comfort and safety, delivered by a highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional team of physicians, nurses and support staff.

Mission "Our mission is to provide the highest quality healthcare and improve the well-being of people in the Cayman Islands through accessible, sustainable patient-focused services by highlyskilled, empowered and caring staff in collaboration with our partners."


• 24hr Accident & Emergency • Maternity and NICU • Online Pharmacy Refills • Dental & Eye Clinics • Immunizations • Seven Locations

Services Include:

Maternity & NICU services Paediatrics Obstetrics/Gynecology Women’s Health Centre Anesthesiology & Pain Management Blood Bank Cardiology Dietary & Nutrition Services Dentistry & Vision Emergency Medical Services ENT and Oral Surgery General Practice & Acute Care General Surgery Hemodialysis & Urology Internal Medicine Laboratory Services Mental Health & Psychology Nephrology & Dialysis Oncology, Chemotherapy & Hematology Ophthalmology Orthopedics Pharmacy Physiotherapy & Speech Therapy Primary & Critical Health Care Radiology Interventional Radiology

(345) 949-8600 | 95 Hospital Road, Grand Cayman | info@hsa.ky | www.hsa.ky 134

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Listings Paediatricians, Family Doctors, Dentists, Special Needs, Insurance


Dr. Linden Swan MBBS, DM 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600 Email: linden.swan@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky

Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Chief Cardiac Doctor / Senior Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon Health City Cayman Islands, 1283 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 640 4040 Emergencies: (345) 526 2108 Email: info@healthcitycaymanislands. com Web: www.healthcitycaymanislands.com

Dr. Marilyn McIntyre MBChB DRCOG FRCM 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600 Email: marilyn.mcintrye@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky

Dr. Chela Lamsee-Ebanks,MBBS, DM 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600 Email: chela.lamsee-ebanks@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky

Dr. Deepa Subramanian, Paediatric Endocrinologist Health City Cayman Islands 1283 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 640 4040 Email: info@healthcitycaymanislands.com Web: www.healthcitycaymanislands.com.


Dr. Cecily Abraham MBBS DCH DM Unit 7, Alexander Place, Dorcy Drive. Tel: (345) 945 7050.

Dr. Earl Robinson, MBBS, Consultant Paediatrician 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600 Email: earl.robinson@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky.

Integra Healthcare

Dr. Sara Watkin, MB ChB, FRCPCH, MD Dr. Jasmina Marinova, MRCPCH, MD

The Paediatric Service at Integra Healthcare Ltd provides comprehensive paediatric and neonatal (newborn) care from preterm through to 18 years of age. Services include attending both normal deliveries and caesarean sections, conducting the full range of newborn services from baby checks to complex care, and the full range of paediatric services.


Attending deliveries (all types) • Neonatal Intensive Care • Emergencies & resuscitation • Baby checks & immunisations • Well child checks & developmental follow up • Urgent care • Behaviour & developmental issues • Asthma & respiratory problems • Unexplained symptoms


Open: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm & Saturdays 9am-1pm Online booking: Instant confirmation Available by telephone & for admissions 24/7 (345) 745 7450 | Grand Pavilion, 802 West Bay Rd team@integra.ky | www.integra.ky www.caymanparent.com


Dr. Sara Watkin MB ChB, MRCP (paeds) FRCPCH, MD Integra Healthcare, The Grand Pavilion, 802 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 745 7450 Email: sara. watkin@integra.ky Web: www.integra.ky.


Dr. Sarah Newton MB ChB DCH (NZ) FRACP The Children’s Clinic & Family Practice, 93 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2970 Fax: (345) 946 2768 Email: drsarah. thechildrensclinic@gmail.com Web: www. thechildrensclinic.ky. Dr. Ramon Lacanilao MD FAAP CTMH | Doctors Hospital, 19 Middle Road, off Walkers Road. Tel: (345) 949 6066 ext. 6504 Email: ramon.lacanilao@ doctorshospitalcayman.com. Dr. Jasmina Marinova MRCPCH, MD Integra Healthcare, The Grand Pavilion, 802 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 745 7450 Email: jasmina.marinova@integra.ky Web: www. integra.ky. Dr. Sripadh Upadhya, Senior Paediatric Cardiologist Health City Cayman Islands, 1283 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 640 4040 Emergencies: (345) 526 2108 Email: info@healthcity.ky Web: www. healthcitycaymanislands.com.

Dr. Gordon Smith MB ChB MRCP (UK) MRCGP DRCOG The Children’s Clinic, Windward Centre, 93 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2970 Email: drgoffice@candw.ky Web: www. thechildrensclinic.ky Other languages: French.

Dr. Rina Bernard MD Dr. Sidney Ebanks MBBS Ext. 6506 Email: sidney. ebanks@gmail.com. Dr. Andrew Robinson MBBS Tel: (345) 949 6066 ext. 6508 Email: andrew. robinson@doctorshospitalcayman.com.

General & Family Doctors

International Medical Group Dr. John Addleson MB ChB Dip Mid COG Email: draddleson@intmedicalgroup.com. Dr. Francisco Martinez Saborido MD GP Email: drmartinez-saborido@intmedicalgroup.com Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 945 2881 Web: www.intmedicalgroup.com.

Dr. Alvaro Armiñán MD Celimar Central Clinic, Governors Square, 23 Lime Tree Avenue, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 925 2512 Fax: (45) 945 1300 Web: www.celimar.ky. Dr. Dirk Belfonte MBBS MRCP (UK) DCH 43 Walkers Rd, George Town. Tel: (345) 326 5741 Fax: (345) 946 2624. Seven Mile Medical Clinic Dr. Beatriz Esteban Benavides MD Dr. Enoka Richens MBBS CCFP Dr. Suzanne Johnson MD, LMCC Dr. Sook Lee Yin MB ChB BAO Dr. Sarah Cuff MRCGPMB ChB DFSRH, Queens Court, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 5600 Email: admin@sevenmileclinic.ky. CTMH Doctors Hospital CTMH Doctors Hospital, 16 Middle Road, George Town.

Doctors Express 81 Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 745 6000. TrinCay Medical Centre & Urgent Care Dr. Sharon Chambers MD MRCP (UK) Dr. Christine Chen MBBS DABP FAAP Dr. Alfred Choy BA Hons MA (CANTAB) MB BCHIR FRCS Dr. Howard Deosaran BSc, MD, DM, FACOG, LLB (Hons) Dr. Alison Duncan MBBS MSc CCT (Derm) FRCP Dr. Ayanna Ennis BSc, MBBS, DM Dr. Tameka Irons BSc, BMedSci, Dip. Fam. Med. Dr. Hortense Mitchell-Smith BSc BMedSci MBBS

The Strand Medical Centre General Practice & Surgery

Conveniently located along Seven Mile Beach, The Strand Medical Centre has been serving the Cayman community for over 20 years. The Clinic, headed by Dr. Louis A. Cona MD, is experienced in caring for all family members. The staff's professionalism and caring nature creates a welcoming environment for every child and parent. The doctors are known for their holistic approach to medicine while simultaneously delivering premium care every day. The Centre also has a network of specialists.


General and family practice • Women’s, men’s and children’s health • Allergy testing and asthma treatment • Medically supervised weight reduction programme • Cayman school and U.S. University physicals • Urgent care • Sports-related injuries • Musculo-skeletal injuries • Diving-related injuries • Minor surgery


Open: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 8:30am-12pm Languages: Italiano, Français, Deutsch and Español Most local insurance policies accepted

(345) 945 7077 | thestrandmedicalcentre@candw.ky | caymandoctor.ky | The Strand Shopping Centre


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Doctors Express

Healthcare for the whole family Description: Doctors Express is healthcare for the whole family. We’re an urgent care facility, which is a new concept for Cayman. An urgent care facility functions just like a walk-in GP clinic, except we have upgraded equipment like in-house X-rays and labs that most GPs don’t provide. No Appointments Necessary: Just walk in and get the care you need.

Hours of Operation: We’re open 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm, including most public holidays. So, if you don’t have a GP on-Island or if you can’t get in to see your usual GP, we have you covered.

Other Services: We’re also a one-stop-shop for work permit medicals. You can come to Doctors Express and have your X-ray, bloodwork and medical exam done under one roof – usually in less than 45 minutes! We know your time is just as valuable as our doctors’, so our goal is to get you in and out in under an hour.


Open 7 days a week, 9am– 9pm (including most public holidays) • On site lab • On site X-ray • On site pharmacy • GP and ER consultant physicians


Doctors Express cares for your whole family’s healthcare needs. Everything from minor ailments like cough, colds, fever and flu all the way up to very severe illnesses and injuries like bad burns, fractures and cuts that need stitches. With in-house X-ray and lab, Doctors Express can care for these urgent issues that might otherwise send you to the emergency room.

Services Include: Walk-in (no appointments needed) Urgent care GP services Prescription refills Allergies Cold/flu/fever symptoms Urinary tract infections Fractures & sprains Lacerations Burns Back pain Women’s health School physicals Work permit & immigration medicals Wellness exams Pre-employment physicals Drug testing Imaging & radiology Laboratory services Pharmacy Medical cannabis consultations

Mission "One-stop premium healthcare, affordable pricing. We're your doctors 7 days a week. Open 9am-9pm."

(345) 745 6000 | 81 Godfrey Nixon Way | info@doctorsexpress.ky | www.doctorsexpress.ky www.caymanparent.com


Dr. David Stone BSc, BMedSci, MBBS 55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 4633 Email: trincayms@candw.ky Web: www.trincay.ky. Dr. Else Christoffersen MB BCh LRCP & SI (NUI) Cayman Doctors Ltd, West Shore Center, 508 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 6363.


Medical Centre Dr. Louis A. Cona MD The Strand Shopping Centre, off West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 7077 Email: thestrandmedicalcentre@candw.ky Web: www.caymandoctor.ky. Cayman Islands Health Services Authority George Town GP Clinic Dr. Gerard Christian MBBS Dr. Ricardo Clarke MD Dr. Moses Gallow MBBS Dr. Anna Matthews BSc MBBS MSc MPH Dr. Fiona Robertson MBBS MRCGP Dr. Wilmoth Shillingford MBBS MRCP Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez MD Dr. Joy Wallace-Grant MBBS Dr. Orett Thane MBBS Dr. Glaister Bell MBBS Dr. Eryka Simmons MBBS Dr. Karlo Sedano-Barredo MD Dr. Imilia Sedano-Barredo MD Dr.Ngozi (Grace) Onah-Ezema MD

Dr. Lorna Jackson MD Dr. Paul Williams MD MS Family Medicine Dr. Karthik Mahadevappa (Cayman Brac) 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 244 2858 (direct queries) Tel: (345) 244 2800 (clinic appointments) Web: www.hsa.ky. Cayman Clinic Medical Centre Dr. Virginia Hobday MBE MBBS MRCGP MPHIL Dr. Heidi Fahy MBBS DRCOG MRCGP Dr. Denise Osterloh MB ChB Dr. Fiona Robertson MBBS DRCOG MRCGP Dr. Melissa Mascaro MD CAQSM Nina Baxa RDMS 439 Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7400 Email: cayman.clinic@gmail.com Web: www.caymanclinic.ky Other languages: French, Spanish, Farsi. Ultrasound, Sports Medicine, Lab Services & Ideal Protein Weight Loss Dr. Victor Look Loy MBBS Unit 4, 2nd Floor, Windward Centre, 93 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7535. Dr. Joseph Marzouca BSc MBBS Suite 29, Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 949 6631. Dr. Michelle Mon Desir BSc MBBS Oasis Medical Group, Centennial Towers, West Bay. Tel: (345) 943 6066 Email: info@ omgcayman.com. Web: omgcayman.com.

Dr. Ruthlyn Pomares MBBS Unit 14A, Rankin’s Plaza, 21 Eclipse Drive, George Town Tel: (345) 945 2273. Dr. Charles H. Reid MA (Oxford) BM BCh The Brac Clinic, Tibbetts Square, West End, CB. Tel: (345) 948 1777 Email: clinic@bracmed.com. Dr. Gordon Smith MB ChB MRCP (UK) MRCGP DRCOG The Children’s Clinic & Family Practice, 93 Smith Road, GT. Tel: (345) 949 2970 Web: www. thechildrensclinic.ky Other languages: French. Dr. Kenia Warden MD Suite 27, Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 945 9260.

Hospitals Cayman Islands Hospital (CIH) 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600 Web: www.hsa.ky The country’s principal healthcare facility, offering the most comprehensive range of inpatient, outpatient and public health services through the 124-bed Cayman Islands Hospital and four District Health Centres on Grand Cayman, the 18-bed Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and a satellite outpatient clinic in Little Cayman. The HSA provides patients the highest quality of care with services including pre-natal care, paediatrics, maternity, women’s health, physiotherapy, family medicine and dental.

Dr. Wolfe's Dental Centre Dr. Wilbert Veit DMD FACD, FAES, FICOI Dr. Adam Stang D.D.S.

For over 35 years, Dr. Wolfe's Dental Centre has served their customers in a comfortable, attractive neighbourhood environment with excellent care for the whole family. They want to lead each client and family through a lifetime of oral and dental health. Their mission is to make sure each client can greet each day in comfort, with a confident smile that they know is pleasant and attractive. Dr. Wolfe's Dental Centre is leading in comfortable, caring, and professional dental care.


Family & cosmetic dentistry • Pediatric dental care • Cleaning & polishing • Non-surgical gum therapy • Periodontal maintenance & monitoring • Cosmetic whitening • ClearCorrect aligners • Evaluation and treatment of gum disease & root canals • Wisdom teeth removal/nitrous oxide • Safe sedation with state of the art monitoring for children & adults • Speaks Spanish • 24 hour emergency care for regular patients


Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm, Friday 8am-1pm, Saturday & Sunday closed

(345) 945 4388 | info@wolfedental.ky | www.drwolfesdental.com | 153 Andrew Dr, Snug Harbour


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CTMH Doctors Hospital 16 Middle Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6066 Web: www.doctorshospitalcayman.com An eighteen bed, medical/surgical hospital specialising in surgical care. Other services include Family Practice & Primary Care, Urgent Care, Paediatric Services, Maternity Services, Women’s Health, Urology Services, Anaesthesiology, Pain Management and so much more.

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists Caribbean Optical Dr. Chris Vuorenmaa BSc OD Dr. Thaddeus Daniel OD Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943

Dr. Eugene Foley FRCS MB BCh BAO NUI 107 Claude Hill Road, off Smith Road. Tel: (345) 946 4944 Emergency: (345) 916 6264 Email: defoleyeyeclinic@yahoo.com. Dr. Richard Corkin M.B. Ch.B., F.C.S. (Ophth)SA, M.R.C.Ophth (UK) Cayman Islands Hospital, 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600. Dr. Krishna Mani MBBS MS MAMS FICS FSES MJF Unit 31, Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 945 1565 Email: eyeman_2020@yahoo.com Other languages: Hindi and Spanish. Dr. Maeve O’Doherty MBBCh MRCPI MRC 2 Melrose Lane, off Smith Road. Tel: (345) 946 4944 Emergency: (345) 916 6264. VisionWear Cayman Dr. Thaddeus Daniel OD Dr. Chris Vuorenmaa BSc OD 72 Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 5151 Email: info@visionwearcayman.com Web: www. visionwearcayman.com. Dr. Douglas Van Putten MD FACS Tropical Optical, Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 7588.

Laboratories Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Laboratory Services (Medical & Forensics) 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 2442722 or 244-2670 Phoenix Health Services

21 Eclipse Drive, Rankin Plaza, Eastern Avenue. Tel: (345) 943 8150 Email: phoenixhealthservicesltd@gmail.com Web: www.phoenixhealthservices.weebly.com Cayman Health Laboratory Grand Harbour Medical Suites. Tel: (345) 946 4795 Email: caymanhealth@hotmail.com. TrinCay Laboratory Suite 1204, 55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 4633 Email: trincayms@ candw.ky Web: www.trincay.ky, Open: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm.

General Dentistry Cayman Dental Dr. Howard Ironstone BSc Phm DDS FAGD FICD Dr. Thomas Lerikos BSc DDS Dr. Adam Stang DDS Dr. Imogen Bexfield BChD 18 Forum Lane, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 945 4447 Email: caymandentalservices@gmail. com.

Smile Dental Clinic

My Island Dentist

Smile Dental Clinic believes in spending the time to make you comfortable and happy while offering you a range of treatment options. We provide the most gentle dental care possible, using the best tool for the job, whether it’s high-tech or tried-and-true.

My Island Dentist offers cosmetic and comprehensive general dentistry to patients of all ages. We measure our success not only on the quality of our services and care provided, but also on the quality of the relationships we develop.



Dr. Boban Kostich, DDS MFGDPRCS Dr. Hamish Caithness, BDSc, DipDSed

Dental care for adults and children • Oral surgery and implants • Periodontal surgery • Tooth colour restorations and sealants • Cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening • Crowns, bridges and veneers provided by our in-house lab • Hygiene services • Dentures • Root canal treatment • Digital X-ray • All major dental insurance accepted

Services Include:

Open Monday to Saturday Evening appointments available After hours emergency care and walk-ins welcome (345) 949 7303 | #10 Alexander Place, Dorcy Dr info@smiledental.ky | www.smiledental.ky


Health City Cayman Islands 1283 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 640 4040 Email: info@healthcity.ky Web: www.healthcitycaymanislands.com Health City Cayman Islands provides affordable compassionate medical services to children in its state-of-the-art medical facility accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). The hospital offers the highest calibre of care with a team of internationally trained physicians and surgeons. Medical specialties include adult and paediatric cardiology, electrophysiology, neurology, paediatric endocrinology, imaging and radiology, rehabilitation, nutrition counselling and more.

1515 Email: info@cariboptical.com Web: www. cariboptical.com.

Dr. Lori Graham, DMD Dr. Talia Davidson, DDS

Complete dental care for adults and children • Digital X-rays • Cosmetic and restorative dentistry • Full mouth makeovers • Invisalign • Intra oral camera for decay detection • Nitrousoxide sedation • Teeth cleaning • Cosmetic whitening • Root canal treatment • Periodontal cleaning • Extractions • Botox


Office Hours are alternating Mondays and Fridays 7:30am1:30pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8:30am-6:30pm. Alternating Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm. (345) 324 9500 | Governors Square (under the clock tower) 3249500@gmail.com | www.myislanddentist.com www.caymanparent.com


Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Dental Clinic & Merren Dental Clinic Dr. Lyle Bridgeman DDS Dr. Andrea Campbell-Maitland DDS AEGD Dr. Krista Flesher DDS Dr. Michael Leon DMD Cert Endodontics Dr. Harold Phillips DDS Dr. Carolyn Rickleton BDS (UK) Dr. Rachael Windhaber BSc BDS Dr. Naude Dreyer DMD 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: 244-2741 or 244 2742 Web: www.hsa.ky.


Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac Dr. George David D.M.D Tel: 2345-948-2618 The Dental Centre Dr. Stephen Blackledge BDS ITI Cell: (345) 517 9176 Dr. Keelin Fox BA B.Den.Sc MFDS(RCSI) Cell: (345) 324 1834 Dr Jennifer Mountjoy BDS NUI MSc Imp Dent. 2nd Floor, Fidelity Financial Centre, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 7000 Email: thedentalcentre1@gmail.com Web: www. thedentalcentrecayman.com. Dr. Lori Graham DMD My Island Dentist, Under the Clock Tower Governors Square, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 324 9500 Email: 3249500@myislanddentist.com

Web: www.myislanddentist.com. Dr. Naude Dreyer DMD The Merren Dental Clinic, Hospital Road. Tel: (345) 949 2554. Pasadora Family Dental Centre Dr. George Batgidis DDS FIADFE (USA) FAAID GDC (UK) Dr. Kathy Fysikoudi DDS HSPD (HonM) GDC (UK) Dr. Jonathan Lavington BChD (Leeds UK) 94 Smith Road, Pasadora Place, George Town Tel: (345) 943 2222, (345) 936 3222, Fax: (345) 943 2223 Emergency: (345) 936 3221, (345) 916 8588 Email: drgeorge@pfdc.ky, drkathy@pfdc. ky, jonathanlavington@hotmail.co.uk Web: www. pasadorafamilydental.ky Languages: English, German, French, Greek. The Strand Dental Clinic Dr. Florence Enescot DMD (France) DDS (Canada) Other languages: French. Email: florence.enescot@gmail.com Dr. Jan Frank Pultr LT (Sweden) BDS (UK) Other languages: Swedish, Czech and German Email: jpultr@yahoo.com. The Strand Shopping Centre, off West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 3367.

Dr. Pourang Rahimi, DDS, MSD, FRCDc Dr. Geoffrey Newton, BSc, DDS, MSc Island Smile Orthodontics is dedicated to providing you and your family with professional and personal orthodontic care. We strive to provide a setting where patients and their families can bond with our team, knowing that their needs are of supreme importance to us. We treat every patient with dignity, respect and appreciation. Our purpose is not only to straighten teeth, but to improve lives through a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

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Complimentary consultations • Most insurance plans accepted • Payment plans available interest free • Damon Braces • Invisalign • Clear retainers • Removable and fixed appliances • Lingual wires

Services Include:

Open Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm Prescheduled Friday and Saturday appointments After hour emergency appointments (345) 946 7303 | #12 Alexander Place, Dorcy Dr islandsmile@live.com | www.islandorthodontics. ky

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Smile Dental Clinic Dr. Boban Kostich DDS MFGDPRCS (UK) Dr. Hamish Caithness BDSc(hons) DipDSed 10 Alexander Place Dorcy Drive, Industrial Park, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7303 Email: info@ smiledental.ky Web: www.smiledental.ky. Dr. Wolfe’s Dental Centre Dr. Wilbert Veit DMD FACD, FAES,FICOI Dr. Adam Stang DDS 135 Andrew Drive, Snug Harbour Tel: (345) 945 4388 Fax: (345) 945 2063 Email: info@ wolfedental.ky Web: www.drwolfesdental. com.

Paediatric Dental Specialists Dr. Sean Childers BSc DMD MSc FRCD(C) Seven Mile Beach Dental Clinic, Marquee Place, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 7400 Email: appointments@smbdentalclinic.ky.

Dr. Sharn Mentz BChD (Pretoria) Ocean Dental, Grand Harbour Tel: (345) 949 7623.

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Seven Mile Beach Dental Clinic Dr. Janish Grewal BDS MDCH Dr. Scott McFarlane BDS MSc FICOI DICOI Dr. Sean A. Childers BSC DMD MSc FRCD(C) Marquee Place, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 7400 Email: appointments@smbdentalclinic. ky.

Pasadora Family Dental Centre

Your Healthy Smile Starts Here Pasadora Family Dental Centre is a new dental facility offering Cosmetic, Paediatric, Orthodontic, Oral Surgery and General Dentistry services customised for every member of the family. Using the most modern technologies, PFDC aims to provide patients with the highest standard of care in a comfortable environment to give your family the best dental experience.


Private consulting and treatment rooms • Oral surgery & perio treatments • Calming relaxed atmosphere • Advanced digital imaging • Orthodontic treatments (Braces) for all ages • Invisalign • Laser treatments • Special care & Hygiene services • Sedation • Implantology • TMD therapy

Services Include:

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat by Appointment Only Executive Hours Available (345) 943 2222 | Pasadora Plc, Smith Rd info@pfdc.ky | www.pasadorafamilydental.ky

Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics Dr. Kathy Fysikoudi DDS HSPD (HonM) GDC(UK) Pasadora Family Dental Centre, 94 Smith Road, Pasadora Place, George Town. Tel: (345) 943 2222, (345) 936 3222 Emergency: (345) 936 3221 Email: drkathy@pfdc.ky Web: www. pasadorafamilydental.ky Other languages: English, German, Greek. Cayman Orthodontics 18 Forum Lane, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 949 5090 Email: caymanorthodontics@gmail.com Web: www.caymanorthodontics.com.


Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Elizabethan Square, GT. Tel: (345) 949 9559. Hope Academy Pauline VanderGrinten MHC LPC NCC DCC Nadine Maxner - Psychologist Tonia Condor (Counselor) Jason Jones (Counselor) Elizabeth Lancaster (Counselor) Carla Mueller (Counselor) Dr. Morgan Panora - Paediatric Neuropsych Dr. Jill Kelderman Walsh - Paediatric Neuropsych Grand Harbour, 1053 Crewe Road. Tel: (345) 769 4673. Web: www.hopecayman.com. KidsAbility 4 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 943 5437 Email: info@kidsability.ky Web: www.kidsability.ky.

Cayman Islands Hospital Dr. Toni-Ann Heron MBBS DM (Consultant Psychiatrist) Sophia Chandler BSc MSc (Child Psychology) Antonia Hawkins BSc MSc PhD (Psychology) Dr. Arline McGill MB BS DM (Psychiatry) Clement von Kirchenheim PhD Dr. Yusuf Grant Bin Michel MBBS DM-P1 Dr. Marc Lockhart MD (Psychiatry) 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600.

The Counselling Centre 3rd Floor, Royal Plaza, Cardinall Ave, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8789.â&#x20AC;©

Dr. Marc Lockhart MD Behavioral Health Associates Cayman Unit B, Hospital Road Plaza, George Town. Tel: (345) 746 0066 Email: info@bhac.ky Web: www.bhac.ky Other languages: Spanish.

The Wellness Centre D-5 Cayman Business Park, Elgin Avenue. Tel: (345) 949 9355 Web: www.wellnesscentre.ky

Dr. Susanne Neita MB BS DM (Psychiatry) Behavioral Health Associates Cayman Unit B, Hospital Road Plaza, George Town. Tel: (345) 746 0066 Email: info@bhac.ky Web: www.bhac.ky.

J. Alexandra Stewart BSN MA 247 Smith Rd, George Town Tel: (345) 925 4804.

The Family Resource Centre Compass Centre, North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 949 0006 Email: frc@gov.ky Web: www.frc. gov.ky.

Allergy Doctors

Psychology, Psychotherapy & Counselling

The Strand Medical Centre Dr. Louis A. Cona MD The Strand Shopping Centre, off West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 7077 Email: thestrandmedicalcentre@candw.ky Web: www.caymandoctor.ky.

Aspire Therapeutic Services Unit A13, Crown Square Plaza, Eastern Avenue. Tel: (345) 743 6700 Web: www.aspire.ky.

Dr. Frank Glatz MD FABO FAAOHNS FAAOA Cayman E.N.T. Associates, 2 Alexander Place, Dorcy Drive, GT. Tel: (345) 945 3822 Email: drbob@candw.ky Web: www.entcayman.com.

Dr. Alexandra Bodden PsyD MA MS ClinPharm OnCourse Cayman Tel: (345)745 6463 Email: info@oncourse.ky Web: www.oncourse.ky Caribbean Haven Residential Centre (CHRC) 2409 Bodden Town Road, Breakers. Tel: (345) 947 9992. Cayman ABA Chestnut Centre, Suite 3, 8 Palm Rd, GT. Tel: (345) 947 5477 Email: info@caymanaba. com Web: www.caymanaba.com.

Dr. Shyla Jehangir, Paediatric Allergist Health City Cayman Islands, 1283 Sea View Road, East End. Tel: (345) 640 4040 Emergencies: (345) 526 2108 Email: info@healthcity.ky Web: www.healthcitycaymanislands.com.

Dieticians Chad Collins RD Registered Dietitian Cayman Nutrition, 227 Smith Rd, GT. Tel: (345) 525 2019 Email: caymannutrition@gmail.com.

Kristen Lomas RD MBA Seven Mile Medical Clinic, Queens Court Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 5600 Email: admin@sevenmileclinic.ky. Brandi Propas MHSC, RD, CCDE International Medical Group, Suite 30, Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 945 2881 Email: bpropas@intmedicalgroup.com Web: www. intmedicalgroup.com. Cayman Islands Hospital Specialist Clinic, 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Simone Sheehan RD, Tel: (345) 244 2655 Email: simone.sheehan@hsa.ky. Tamara Riley, Tel: (345) 244 2663 Email: tamara. riley@hsa.ky.

Dermatologists Dr. Rebeca de Miguel Madurga MD PhD Celimar Central Clinic, Governors Square, 23 Lime Tree Avenue, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 925 2512 Web: www.celimar.ky Other languages: Spanish.


Island Smile Orthodontics Dr. Geoffrey Newton BSc DDS MSc Dr. Pourang Rahimi DDS MSD FRCD(C) Unit 12, Alexander Place, Dorcy Drive. Tel: (345) 946 7303 Email: islandsmile@live.com Web: www. islandorthodontics.ky.

Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC) Tel: (345) 949 0366 24-hour Crisis Line: (345) 943-CICC (2422) Toll Free Number: 1 800 534 2422 Email: info@cicc.ky Web: www.cicc.ky. Dee Duggan MS CRC LPC CPAM/Solutions Ltd. Waterfront Centre, North Church Street. Tel: (345) 949 1327 Web: www.solutionsltd.ky.

Dr. Wayne Porter MD FAAD 282 Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 9020 Email: wrpmd@bellsouth.net Other languages: Spanish.

Pharmacies Be Well Pharmacy West Shore Center, 508 West Bay Rd, GT. Tel: (345) 949 2323, On Call: (345) 927 0489 Email: rx@bewellpharmacycayman.com Open: MonFri 8.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am2pm. Free delivery. Care Pharmacy Queens Court Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 2273 Email: carepharmacy1@gmail.com Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm, closed Sundays and holidays. Cayman Islands Hospital Pharmacy 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 244 2716/15 Open: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8am-7pm and public holidays 8am-6pm. Open to the general public, as well as in-patients. Online refills available. CTMH Doctors Hospital Pharmacy 16 Middle Road, off Walkers Road. Tel: (345) 946 2407 Email: david.pellow@ doctorshospitalcayman.com Open: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat, Sun and Hols 9am-6pm. Savannah Pharmacy & Gifts Countryside Shopping Village, Savannah. Tel: (345) 946 3336 Email: abalram@candw.ky Open: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. West Bay Pharmacy & Gifts 106 Centennial Towers, West Bay. Tel: (345) 945 0777 Email: westbayrx@yahoo.com Open: Mon Sat 9am-8pm, Sun and Hols 11am-6pm.



Foster’s (Airport) 63 Dorcy Dr, George Town. Tel: (345) 815 4051 Open: Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm, public holidays 9am-6pm and closed Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Foster’s (Camana Bay) Camana Bay Tel: (345) 945 3663 Open: Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Holidays 9am-6pm. Closed Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Health Care Pharmacy The Shoppes at Grand Harbour, 1053 Crew Rd, GT. Tel: (345) 947 8900 Open: MondaySaturday 8am-10pm, Sunday and public holidays 10am-6pm Email: health05@candw. ky. Governors Square, 7 Mile Beach Tel: (345) 949 8900 Email: rx@healthcarepharmacy.ky Web: www. healthcarepharmacy.ky Open: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-2pm, Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Kirk Pharmacy Kirk Market, Eastern Avenue. Tel: (345) 949 7180 Email: pharmacy@ksl.ky Web: www.market. ky/pharmacy (online refills) Open: MondaySaturday 8am-9pm, public holidays 10am-6pm and closed on Sundays.

Quality Pharmacy Serendipity Building, 78 Hospital Road. Tel: (345) 946 6266 Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Sat 8.30am-12.30pm, Sun and public holidays closed. TrinCay Pharmacy Suite 1204, 55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 4633 Emergencies: (345) 925 7020 Email: trincayms@candw.ky Open: MonSat 8am-9pm. Valu-Med Pharmacy (Two locations) Photo Pharm Centre, Walkers Road. Tel: (345) 949 0442 Email: sales@valu-medpharmacy. com Prescriptions: rx@valu-medPharmacy.com Open: Monday-Saturday 8am-10pm, Sunday and Holidays 10am-5pm. Evron Plaza, Bodden Town Tel: (345) 946 5511 Email: sales@valumedpharmacy.com Prescriptions: rx@valumedPharmacy.com Open: Monday-Saturday 8.30am-9pm, Sunday and Holidays 10am-5pm. Windward Pharmacy Shop 1, Windward Centre, 93 Smith Road. Tel: (345) 949 4081 Email: windward@candw.ky Open: Monday-Friday 8am-5.30pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.

Physiotherapy A Step Ahead Physiotherapy Governors Square, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 745

The Wellness Centre

Psychology & Mental Health Since 2004

The Wellness Centre is Cayman's largest psychology and mental healthcare provider, and the only private clinic in Cayman Brac. Offering a wide range of evidence-based services for both adults and children, we utilise a reflective practice model and approach each client with respect and a commitment to confidentiality.


Specialised services for infants, children & adolescents • Individual & family therapy • Services for schools & organisations • Developmental screening for children • Psychological assessments • Play therapy • Traumafocused therapy • ABA/ESDM • CBT • Social skills • Marriage & family therapy • Parenting support

2727 Email: info@astepaheadphysio.com Web: www.astepaheadphysio.com. Back To Health Cayman Clinic, 439 Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 947 7400 World Gym, Seven Mile Beach Tel: (345) 946 2225. Web: www.backtohealthky.com. Cayman Islands Health Services Authority 95 Hospital Road, GT. Tel: (345) 244 2730. Email: info@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky Cayman Rehab Services Unit 10, Eucalyptus Building, Shedden Road. Tel: (345) 943 7974 Cell: (345) 926 3099. Cayman Physiotherapy Two locations: Suite 26 Pasadora Place, Smith Road & West Shore Center, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 8828 Email: physio@candw.ky Web: www.caymanphysiotherapy.com. Da Vinci Physiotherapy Park Place, off West Bay Road Tel: (345) 943 2002 Email: info@davinciwellnesscentre.com Web: www.davinciwellnesscentre.com. RVC Rehab Services Tomlinson Building, 9 Walkers Road and CTMH Doctors Hospital, 19 Middle Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6024 Email: info@rvcrehab.ky Web: www.rvcrehab.ky.


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Synergy Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Ltd. Marquee Plaza, Lawrence Thompson Boulevard, SMB. Tel: (345) 943 8200 Email: info@synergychirophysio.com Web: www. synergychirophysio.com.

The Wellness Centre Suite D-4, Cayman Business Park, Elgin Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 9355 Email: info@ wellnesscentre.ky Web: www.wellnesscentre. ky Psychology, child and adolescent counselling,

SOCI Tel: (345) 946 7624 Email: soci@candw.ky A registered non-for-profit sports organisation for intellectually disabled children and adults.

Acupuncture & Alternative Medicine

Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), Family and Parenting Support, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Social skills training and art therapy.

Sunrise Adult Training Centre 181 Powery Road, West Bay Tel: (345) 949 3330 Email: kimberly.voaden@gov.ky Web: www. sunrise.gov.ky A government run facility for adults aged 18 to 45 with disabilities. They offer training and therapeutic programmes to ensure independence and full community inclusion.

Annie Laux LAc MAOM CPAM Cayman Physiotherapy, Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 949 8828 Email: physio@candw.ky Web: www.caymanphysiotherapy.com.

Violetta Kanarek NCCAOM L.Ac Tel: (345) 946 4420 or (345) 916 4420 Email: drvyin@gmail.com. Uma Lenin BSc PT CKTP (Doc ALT MED) RVC Rehab Services Tomlinson Building, 9 Walkers Road and CTMH Doctors Hospital, 19 Middle Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6024.

Special Needs Educational Assessments Transformations Ltd Tel: 345 324 1298 Email: admin@transformationscayman.com Web: www.transformationscayman.com Educational assessments, school consultations, in class and home support for parents and children, training for caregivers.

Occupational, Speech & Language Therapy Cayman Islands Health Services Authority 95 Hospital Road, GT. Tel: (345) 244-2730 or 9498600 Email: info@hsa.ky Web: www.hsa.ky

Cayman Theraplay Ltd/Dr. Mona Kazemi 9 Plaza Venezia, North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 749 7529 or 924 3459 Email: admin@caymantheraplay. com Web: www.caymantheraplay.com Through occupational therapy they help children improve physical function, fine motor skills, cognitive planning, self-care, social skills, emotional health, and integrate sensory information more efficiently.

Chatterbox Bermuda House, 36c, Dr. Roy's Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7065 or 926 1693 Email: chatterbox@ candw.ky Web: www.chatterboxcayman.com Services provided: Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, playschool, tutoring, Hanen programmes, occupational therapy, autism consultancy, family support worker/social worker.

ABA Therapy

Aspire Therapeutic Services

Cayman ABA Chestnut Centre, Suite 3, 8 Palm Rd, GT Pasadora Place, Unit 15, Smith Rd, GT. Tel: (345) 947 5477 Email: info@caymanaba.com Web: www.caymanaba.com.

Unit A13, Crown Sq Plaza, Easter Avenue. Tel: (345) 743 6700 Email: info@aspire.ky Clinical psychologists and therapists.

Other Special Needs Service Providers

Mental Health Providers

Behavioral Health Associates Cayman 62 Hospital Road, Hospital Road Plaza. Tel: (345) 746 0066 Email: info@bhac.ky Web: www.bhac.ky. Board Certified Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of children and adolescents. Additional associates specialise in psychiatry, assessments and life coaching. Hope Academy Grand Harbour Shoppes Units 1-8, 1053 Crewe Road. Tel: (345) 768 4673 Email: office@hopecayman. com Services provided: Psychology, Social Skills Trainings, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Counselling and Speech and Language Therapy.

KidsAbility 4 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 943 5437 Email: info@kidsability.ky Web: www.kidsability.ky Services provided: Clinical psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, feeding therapy (SOS approach), handwriting remediation, inclusive classroom support, teacher and parent workshops.

Early Intervention Programme 515 Walkers Road. Tel: (345) 926 1413 Email: eip@cayman.edu.ky. Early intervention teacher, occupational, speech and language therapy, Programme for the visually impaired, teacher for the hearing impaired, counsellor and educational psychologist. I Read For Life 2nd Floor Barnett Building, 24 Huldah Avenue. Tel: (345) 947 1497 Email: admin@ireadforlife.ky Web: www.ireadforlife.ky. Lighthouse School 233A Shamrock Road. Tel: (345) 926 2614 (Senior School Improvement Officer) Email: barbara. peace-ebanks@gov.ky School for children from ages 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17 who have moderate to severe special educational needs, or for children with complex or multiple challenges.

The Special Needs Foundation of Cayman Tel: (345) 321 2957 Email: info@ specialneedsfoundation.ky Web: www. specialneedsfoundation.ky A non-profit organisation of parents, educators and professionals, committed to supporting children with a range of special needs.

Insurance Companies


Da Vinci Centre for Wellness and Alternative Therapies Park Place, off West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 2002 Web: www.davinciwellnesscentre.com.

For more mental health providers see page 20.

Aetna 2nd Fl, North Building, Caribbean Plaza. Tel: (345) 623 4689 Email: debbie.ebanks@srsmail. com. Aon Cayman Risk Solutions (Cayman) Ltd. Tel: (345) 945 1266 Email: nigel.twohey@aon. com Web: www.aon.com/caymanislands. BAF Insurance Company (Cayman) Ltd. Dot Com Centre, Dorcy Drive, Industrial Park. Tel: (345) 949 5089 Email: askus@mybafsolutions.com Web: caymanmybafsolutions.com. British Caymanian Insurance (BritCay) Britcay House, Eastern Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8699 Email: medical@britcay.ky Web: www.britcay.ky. Cayman First Insurance Company 17 Vibert Bodden Drive, off Shedden Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7028 Email: askus@caymanfirst.com Web: www. caymanfirst.com. Cayman Insurance Centre (Insurance Brokers) Tel: (345) 949 4657 Web: www.cic.com.ky. CINICO (CI National Insurance Company) Tel: (345) 949 8101 Web: www.cinico.ky. Fidelity Insurance (Cayman) Ltd. Tel: (345) 949 5836 Email: insurance@ fidelitycayman.com Web: www.fidelitygroup. com. Generali Worldwide Insurance Company Ltd. Tel: (345) 747 2000 Email: caymanservice@ generali-health.com Web: www.generaliworldwide.com.

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Finding a Family

Whether you're renting or purchasing, location is just as imperative as a property's size, layout and amenities offered. The best way to navigate moving house, whether from just down the road or another country, is made much easier by utilising a real estate professional. These wonderful professionals have their finger on the pulse of Cayman rentals and purchases and will keep you in the know and in the driving seat for this challenge! Your real estate agent can start searching for properties and sending you links to review and offering feedback before you have even arrived on-Island. Once they have a better idea of what you want in the way of budget, location and size they can search properties up until you arrive or are ready for the move. Rentals in Cayman move very fast and places become available and then get leased and sold very quickly! In Cayman, because of the Multi Listing System (MLS) all CIREBA agents can access and show their inventory, meaning they do all the leg work and you can relax and enjoy seeing everything that is available and stay organised with your one agent relationship. Living in the Cayman Islands is very safe for expats and locals alike. A small country that’s big on international business, education and attracting overseas investment, the local authorities do a good job of keeping things running smoothly. In fact, it has one of the lowest violent crime rates of any country in the world. It is probably the most secure country in the Caribbean and there are no areas of the island to avoid. Cayman has been growing and continues to attract new residents from all over the world. Many brand new options and amenities are available for those


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who 'want it all'; as there are just as many options for those of you whose families want a more laid back Island style pace and lifestyle... there's something for everyone! Buying and/or building a home is a large and important investment decision and involving a real estate professional is always a very wise choice. Owning a home allows you to invest in yourself! Pay into your own equity instead of the landlords. Renting is a fine option if you are not sure how long you will be here in Cayman and don’t want to commit...but don’t wait too long! Real Estate investments are A+ here in Cayman and you only pay tax at the point of purchase. It is referred to as Stamp Duty or Transfer Tax and is typically 7.5% of appraised value of property less the chattels (moveable items).

What to Buy

Always bear in mind that you are much better off buying a property that offers flexibility and is affordable. This will give you a fall-back position should you need one. 'Right sizing' is key. High-end homes do not sell every day in Cayman and they can sit on the market for a long time, so instead buy a good property within your means. If you are going to use real estate for points in your Cayman PR application one day, be sure to speak to an immigration specialist to get all the facts. There are several levels of real estate that are required for different types of residency.


Always shop around when looking for a mortgage. Research your options with various banks as there are a myriad of finance options available which constantly change.

Cayman's retail banks usually do not offer mortgages to buyers over 65 years of age, so start early! To increase your chances of obtaining financing from a bank, you should have a good sense of your future income, have been working in Cayman for a minimum of six months and be in a solid financial position. A general rule of thumb is that you will need a minimum of 10% of the negotiated sum to secure a mortgage. This will include a bank deposit, bank fees, stamp duty, legal fees, an appraisal fee, and also government fees.

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Buying vs. Renting

If you fall in love with Cayman and would like to stay a while, think about buying a property as soon as possible. There are fairly easy exit strategies even if you plan to leave the Island later; it has traditionally been possible to earn a good rental income while overseas. Plus, Cayman has the advantage of having no annual property taxes. Real estate agents encourage their clients to rent for no longer than one year (if possible). So, avoid being a tenant indefinitely and invest in your own property!

Costs to Consider

When Renting a Property Deposit: You will usually need to put down a security deposit and the first monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rent in advance. For utilities, estimate approximately CI$100 for water, CI$200CI$500 for electricity and CI$100 for telephone if setting up direct-debit standing orders. Maintenance Costs: Make sure the landlord will take care of maintenance costs associated with garden and pool care, garbage collection, pest control and servicing of general systems such as air conditioning. Insurance: Insuring personal belongings is the responsibility of the tenant. Furnishings: A lot of units come 'fully furnished' (linens, kitchenware and appliances are supplied, as well as furniture). Prior to signing your lease ask for an inventory showing everything that comes with the unit. You will have to be prepared to supplement anything missing.

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Pets: Some complexes do accept pets but will ask for an additional non-refundable security deposit, which can be as much as CI$500 per pet. Smokers: Many landlords will not rent to smokers. No Sharers: Sometimes landlords will require apartments not be shared, i.e. only one family per unit.

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Applying for a Passport Ensuring your baby or child is legally allowed to travel can be daunting – especially if he or she was born abroad. Here we outline the steps to take to get it done and get travelling! Once your child has a birth certificate you can apply for a passport. Parents are encouraged to apply straight away and obtain any necessary visas; in case of emergency, you will all need one. Please read on for details on how to get a passport for your child.

American Passports

If you are a US citizen who recently had a child in the Cayman Islands, you need to apply for a 'Consular Report of Birth Abroad' as well as a passport for your child. You will need to make an appointment (via email) with the Consular Agency and then complete the application forms which can be found on www.travel.state.gov. The parents and child must then attend the appointment and bring all necessary original documents. They do not accept walk-ins, so you must make an appointment. US Consular Agency: Smith Road Centre, Suite 202B, 150 Smith Road, George Town, email: usconsularagency@gmail. com or caymanacs@state.gov. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-2pm (closed on all Cayman and US holidays).

Australian Passports

Obtaining an Australian passport for a child born in the Cayman Islands to at least one Australian national is complicated. For a passport application form visit www.passports.gov.au.

British Passports

Visit www.gov.uk/overseas-passports to fill out an online passport application form and pay the prescribed fee. The passport office will then email you a personalised declaration pack. You need to sign this and send it by courier along with the supporting documents and photos to Her Majesty’s Passport Office, OVS-D, Millburngate House, Millburngate, Durham DH97 1PA, England. The cost of a child’s passport is £72.86, inclusive of the courier fee. Processing time takes between two to eight weeks.

Canadian Passports

The Canadian Consulate offers assistance with obtaining Canadian citizenship for children born in the Cayman Islands to Canadian parents, passports and any emergency assistance. Application forms for Canadian passports can be collected from the Consulate or downloaded online from www.cic.gc.ca. The Consulate can review your application before you send it to the High Commission of Canada in Kingston, Jamaica. The estimated processing time is 15-20 business days. Canadian Consulate: 1st Floor, Landmark Square, 64 Earth


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Close, West Bay Road (near The Strand Shopping Centre). Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm.

Caymanian Passports

Caymanian passports (also called a British Overseas Territories Citizen passports) are processed at the Passport & Corporate Services office in George Town and then sent to the UK passport office to be printed. The processing time is around six weeks. Application forms, and a list of required documentation for a BOT passport, can be downloaded from www.immigration. gov.ky. Passports cost CI$75 for a child. Emergency passports, issued in the event of a medical air evacuation, are produced in Grand Cayman and can be turned around within a day. Passport & Corporate Services Office: 2nd floor of Sussex House, 128 Elgin Avenue (next to WORC). Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm. For any other nationalities visit www.gov.ky and select Consular Agents for contact details of the consular representatives.

Registering the Birth of Your

Child Born in Cayman Children born in the Cayman Islands will be issued a Live Birth Notification Form. The original copy of this will be sent to the Registrar of Births and you will be given a copy. Parents must go to the General Registry on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue with the Live Birth Notification Form, a marriage certificate (if married) and your passport(s). Residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman can register their children at the District Commissioner’s Office on Cayman Brac or in Grand Cayman. By law, you must register your child within three months of birth. There is no charge for this, however, a copy of your child’s birth certificate from the Registrar of Births will cost CI$10 per copy.

For more information on passports and visas, go to www. caymanresident.com. Contact details for the various consular representatives can also be found on the Cayman Resident website.

The Logistics of Hiring a

Helper or Nanny

Hiring a Domestic Helper through an Agency

Expect to pay CI$12 per hour for a minimum of four hours if hired on a full-day or half-day regular weekly basis. On a temporary basis allow CI$14 or more per hour. The convenience of using an agency is that they train the staff, pay their health insurance, pension, and will replace them if they can’t work for any reason. See page 205 for agency details.

Hiring a Domestic Helper Directly

A domestic helper is primarily employed to clean the house, prepare food and babysit the children. They would transport the children to activities, but they would not be expected to plan activities or get involved with doing homework. The standard working week in the Cayman Islands is between 40 and 45 hours per week. The Labour Law (2011 revision) states that the minimum wage is CI$6 per hour for a 45-hour week, or 9 hours per day. Anyone being asked to work over 45 hours should get paid 1.5 times the hourly rate for additional hours. If the employee is a live-in helper, then their 'in kind' credit (accommodations and utilities, etc.) can only account for 25% of their salary, meaning the employee must be paid a minimum of CI$4.50 per hour in gross monetary compensation. If this is not met then the employee should call the confidential line at the Department of Labour and Pensions on (345) 945 3073. For a very good full-time domestic helper/nanny you would pay a salary of between CI$400 and CI$450 per week before overtime. This would be for a 45-hour week and you would expect this person to be able to drive, cook for your children and help with cleaning the house. For part-time work, or babysitting, and working over the 45 hours per week, you will find that everyone will expect to be paid CI$10 per hour. For non-agency helpers, you will need to take care of their health insurance, give them at least two weeks paid vacation per year, and pay them double time for working any public holidays. By Law, you do not have to contribute to a domestic worker's pension. A good employer will also pay for one airline ticket home per year if the employee lives nearby (e.g. Jamaica) or a ticket home every two years if they live in the Philippines. They should also provide a Christmas bonus of between two-week’s and a month’s salary.

Hiring a Professional Nanny

A professional nanny is expected to have a university degree and/or some form of childcare training. Their role is to focus on the children and not on household chores. For a professional nanny working part-time (1pm-6pm Monday to Friday) you would expect to pay CI$2,000 per month. Overtime pay is either

CI$15 or CI$20 an hour, depending on their qualifications. Typically a nanny's job includes washing the children’s laundry, doing dishes, doing the household grocery shopping, preparing healthy dinners or homemade baby food, arranging activities, helping to organise and drive children to afterschool activities, assisting with homework and organising playdates. They would be expected to help develop a well-rounded, responsible child with a strong moral compass. Find professional nannies by word of mouth, or through local agencies such as AAA Caregivers. If you are looking for a live-in au pair visit www.greataupair.com. Most nannies would expect to be provided with a car to use seven days a week, a monthly fuel allowance of CI$50, flights home (usually once a year for those who live nearby, once every two years for those from the Philippines), two weeks paid vacation, non-contributory health insurance, and to be paid their monthly salary whether the family are away on holiday or not. It is not unusual for a nanny to travel with the family on vacation and stay overnight as needed (but please check visa requirements of the holiday destination if the nanny is working on the trip). For overnight stays the going rate is a sleep fee of CI$10 an hour or CI$40-CI$50 a night and then CI$15-CI$20 an hour for the hours the children are awake, but that are outside of the nanny’s regular working hours.

Work Permit Rules for a Domestic Helper/Nanny

If you are an expat then you cannot submit your domestic helper's or nanny's work permit paperwork until your own work permit has been approved. It is illegal to have them pay for their own work permit. Helpers are not allowed to have dependents on their work permit and the absolute maximum time they are allowed to stay on the Island is ten years. You can take out a work permit for any nationality of a helper or nanny as long as you can demonstrate a genuine need.

The Department of Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) does not usually grant expats a work permit for a domestic helper or a nanny unless they can show sufficient need, i.e. they have children who need looking after. In this case you'll need to provide certified copies of the birth certificate of each child to be cared for, and think carefully about the information you provide in your cover letter to support your application. Please note, a work permit for a 'Nanny' needs to be advertised in the newspaper for two consecutive weeks but a work permit for a ‘Domestic Helper’ does not need to be advertised. The work permit for a domestic helper costs CI$250 per year, while the cost for a nanny is CI$650.



Immigration Rules

Children Born to Caymanians

The Immigration (Transition) Law confirms that children born on or after January 1st 2004 are 'Caymanian as of Right' (no matter where they are physically born) if at the date of their birth at least one of their parents was Caymanian and settled in the Cayman Islands. If the parents obtained Caymanian status (also known as 'The Right to be Caymanian') any other way than by descent, and their child is born overseas when neither parent is settled in the Cayman Islands, then their child will also be 'Caymanian as of Right'. The responsibility for determining whether or not someone is in fact a Caymanian now falls to a new Government department: Workforce Opportunities and Residence Cayman ('WORC'). If the children’s parents became Caymanian by descent (i.e. through a parent or grandparent), and the child is born overseas, then the child is not Caymanian. It is strongly recommended that any child (or indeed adult) who is believed to be Caymanian apply to the Director of WORC under s. 26(2) of the Immigration (Transition) Law, 2018 for formal acknowledgement that they are in fact Caymanian. The form that you need to fill in and submit is the R21 ‘Acknowledgement/Continuation of the Right to be Caymanian’ form. The Law provides that the Director of WORC must, within 14 days, provide such acknowledgement (and, if requested, provide a stamp to be placed in the child’s passport confirming them to be Caymanian) or provide written reasons for the refusal to do so. There is no fee for this application, although a CI$50 fee is payable where the application is being made on the basis that a child is Caymanian by Entitlement (see 'When Parents Become Caymanians After the Child's Birth' in the following column). 150

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When Caymanian Parents are Not Married If the parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth, and the parent claiming to be the father is a Caymanian, a DNA test may be required. The issue does not arise if the mother is Caymanian. Such a child will be Caymanian as long as the mother is settled in Cayman at the time of the child’s birth. When Parents Become Caymanians After the Child’s Birth Quite often, parents of a child will become Caymanian after the child is born. In such a case the child may be entitled to be acknowledged as 'Caymanian by Entitlement', and the parent is expected to apply to the Director of WORC for formal acknowledgement that the child is 'Caymanian by Entitlement'. The application must include a fee of CI$50, and must demonstrate that the child concerned is under the age of 18, has at least one Caymanian parent, and has been legally and ordinarily resident in the Cayman Islands for at least one year. Please note that the child must be the subject of an application for continuation of their Right to be Caymanian. As the Law presently stands, such children cease to be Caymanian upon turning 18, and need to apply for a 'continuation'. This should be done after the child turns 17 and before they turn 18. If they apply after the age of 18, they will have ceased to be Caymanian but can technically regain that status provided an application for continuation is granted. However, the child may be unable to apply for a scholarship or a job until their status has been confirmed and 'continued'. They also risk being determined to be unlawfully in the Islands and thus (if the period is long enough) ineligible to apply for 'continuation'.

Children Born to Non-Caymanians

Children born in the Cayman Islands to expats are not automatically entitled to reside in Cayman. Their treatment varies depending on the immigration status of their parents. The main options for the children of non-Caymanians are set out below:

How to Make Your Expat Child Legally Resident When a child is born in or brought into the Cayman Islands, unless they are 'Caymanian as of Right', they must be reported to the immigration authorities and have the appropriate permissions sought to allow them to stay. The procedure to be followed will vary depending on the nature of the parent’s immigration standing. For example, your child must be added as a dependant if you are: here on a temporary or full work permit, are a Government-contracted worker, or have an application for Permanent Residence submitted and are working on a valid PCW ('Permission to Continue Working'). The next paragraph explains how you add your child to your work permit or Permanent Residency. Children Born to Work Permit Holders If you are on a work permit, your baby must be added as a dependant on your work permit. You can find the AMD2 ‘Dependant Information Form Checklist’ (aka the R15) on www.immigration.gov.ky which outlines the things you need to gather and submit. These include the application filing fee of CI$100 and a separate grant fee of CI$500, which is payable on approval. The required supporting documents include employment letters in relation to each parent and a ‘Monthly Income and Expense Report’ with which the Dept. of Immigration will decide whether you can afford to have a dependant stay in Cayman with you. It is generally accepted that your minimum monthly base salary for a family of three must be in the region of CI$3,500. You will generally be expected to earn an extra CI$500 to CI$1,000 per month for each additional dependant. When all the requirements are met, your child’s passport (once issued) will get a stamp with a date on it. Remember to get each new passport re-stamped as airlines need to see an up-to-date dependant stamp in the passport when you travel. If you have any questions, call WORC on (345) 949 8344 or see their website. Children Born to Applicants for Permanent Residence with Permission to Continue Working In the event that you become a parent while your application for Permanent Residency is still being processed, you need to act as soon as possible to vary your Permission to Continue Working (PCW) to add a new dependant. Following this, you need to update your application for Permanent Residence to reflect the change of circumstance. This requires a submission to the Director of WORC, accompanied by a CI$100 application fee, a completed copy of the R15 'Dependant Information Form' and its list of supporting documents. Children Born to Government Employees Foreign nationals in government service are exempt from the Work Permit Regime by virtue of their government contracts.

They should, however, check with their relevant Department/ Ministry to seek to ensure that their child is able to lawfully reside in the Cayman Islands. Please note that there is no distinction between expatriate children of persons in government service and those in the private sector, and so considerations as to Permanent Residence and the 'Right to be Caymanian' (including 'continuation' thereof) should be taken fully into account. A foreign national who has lived in the Cayman Islands for at least eight years and works for the Cayman Islands Government can apply for Permanent Residency. Once it is granted, they have the choice of adding their child/children as a dependant and paying the annual dependant fee of CI$500 per child. Alternatively, they can continue to include the child as a dependant on their government contract and, in such a case, they will not have to pay an annual fee for their children. Please note that it is very important that evidence of your child's residency status is maintained. At some point you may want to apply for Permanent Residency or Status for your child, and you will need to show proof that they have been resident in the Cayman Islands for five years prior to the application. Children Born to Permanent Residents A child born to a Permanent Resident (whether through the points system or by independent means) must be added as a dependant to the parent’s PR. You will need to fill in and submit a ‘Variation of Permanent Residence’ form (the RV30 or RV34-

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37 form) as well as the 'Dependant Information Form Checklist' (the R15 form). There is an administrative non-refundable CI$500 fee attached to the application. You will need to include a cover letter explaining why the change is being made, as well as a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate, a signed affidavit, a filled in application form, as well as (where relevant) an employment letter from both parents which includes the hours worked per week, the monthly income and any other benefits received. The issue fee is CI$400 for the holder of a 'Residency and Employment Rights Certificate' on the basis of eight years' residence, or CI$1,000 for the dependants of the holder of a 'Certificate for Persons of Independent Means'. At the time of the child’s birth, if one parent already holds Permanent Residency and/or has been Naturalised as a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) because of a connection with the Cayman Islands, but is not (yet) Caymanian, then the child born in the Cayman Islands (to expatriate parents resident in the Cayman Islands) will be born a British Overseas Territories Citizen by virtue of a connection with the Cayman Islands. Although they will not be Caymanian, such children can hold a British Overseas Territories (Cayman Islands) passport and have an automatic right to live (but not to work) in the Cayman Islands. They should be registered under the British Nationality Act with the Deputy Governor’s Office and an application made through the local passport office. As mentioned above, the child also needs to be added as a dependant on your Permanent Residency. Please note that as a Permanent Resident, if you then become a Caymanian (and have children and a spouse as dependants) you have only 45 days to 'regularise' your dependants. If for some reason you forget, then your spouse’s 'Residency & Employment Rights Certificate (RERC) as the Spouse of a Permanent Resident' will be revoked and there will in effect be nothing to extend. If this situation happens, then the only option to 'regularise' your spouse’s position is to apply for the 'Right to be Caymanian', but you cannot do this unless you sign an affidavit saying that you tick the 'stable marriage' box. Alternatively, if you have been married for less than seven years, then you can simply apply for a RERC on the grounds of being married to a Caymanian. Expatriate Children Born in the Cayman Islands and Continuously Resident for the First 10 Years The British Nationality Act makes provision for the registration of children born in the Islands (and legally resident for the first 10 years of their life) as British Overseas Territories Citizens by virtue of a connection with the Islands. Whilst such registration will not make them Caymanian, they will be entitled to a Cayman Islands passport and allowed to reside permanently in the Cayman Islands provided they do not move away, are of good character, and do not breach the Immigration Law. This option is available without regard to the immigration status


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of parents and an application should be made to the Deputy Governor’s Office as soon as possible following the child’s 10th birthday. Such children can hold a Cayman Islands passport, and (independent of their parents) almost certainly be able to apply to become Caymanian immediately following their 15th birthday if still legally and ordinarily a resident in the Cayman Islands at that date.

Rules Once a Child Turns 18

A 'Caymanian by Entitlement' Turning 18 Please note that a child who is a 'Caymanian by Entitlement' will lose this status when they turn 18. In order to continue to be Caymanian after their 18th birthday, an application must be made to the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board for 'continuation' of their Status. Such an application ought to be made when the child is 17, and before they turn 18, or they will automatically lose their Status upon turning 18. If a child forgets to apply to continue their Caymanian Status, they can reapply at any time, however, they may be unable to work or apply for a scholarship until they have had their Status regulated. A student visa or alternative immigration permission may be needed to fill any gaps. An application can only be granted if the child has been legally and ordinarily resident for five out of the seven years immediately preceding the date of application. Provided that an application is made before the child turns 18, they will (once the application is granted) be deemed to have been Caymanian without break. If the child is the subject of an application after their 18th birthday, they will (if the application is granted) be deemed to only be Caymanian from the date of the grant. Under the Immigration (Transition) Law, absences necessitated by health and education may nevertheless count as legal and ordinary residence in the Islands provided that Cayman is 'home' for the relevant period of absence (which cannot in any event be for more than 12 months). Permanent Resident's Child Turning 18 An expatriate child of a Permanent Resident (even if the child has a Cayman Passport) must in most cases apply for Permanent Residence in their own right under section 39 of the Immigration (Transition) Law. They can do this without being subject to the points system, provided they have been legally and ordinarily resident in the Cayman Islands for seven years prior to the application being made. This application must be made before the child turns 19 (ideally even before they turn 18) but if the parent’s Residency & Employment Rights Certificate has been varied to allow the child to be a dependant past 18, it can be made up until the child is 24, provided the child is still in tertiary education or within six months of the end of such education. They will then be able to apply to become Caymanian once they have been in Cayman for 15 years, or five years after having been naturalised and become a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC). An expatriate child, who is the child of the spouse of a Caymanian and whose parent holds a RERC (Residency & Employment Rights Certificate) as the spouse of a Caymanian, can be added as a dependant on their parent, but only until they are 18, unless they continue into tertiary education and their permission is varied.

Work Permit Holder's Child Turning 18 Dependant children can only remain on a parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Work Permit after the age of 18 if they are: in full time tertiary education or special circumstances apply (such as the child is unable, for medical or other exceptional reasons, to maintain themselves). Should your child turn 18 before they finish secondary school, the immigration authorities will usually allow your child to remain in Cayman, although not formally as a dependant on your work permit. However, if your child chooses not to go on to university or college, and they want to continue living in the Cayman Islands, then their only option is usually to try and get their own work permit. At this point they are competing with every Caymanian and Permanent Resident school leaver who will have precedence over them, placing them at a distinct disadvantage when seeking job opportunities. Gap Year Dilemma Despite numerous requests, the Immigration authorities have, to date, declined to confirm their treatment of students seeking to take a gap year, and the Law does not appear to make any provision for them. Work Experience for Expat Kids Children of work permit holders cannot accept paid work experience without having their own work permit, and an unqualified 16-20 year old is very unlikely to ever be granted a work permit. However, there is nothing in the Law to say that the children of expats cannot accept unpaid internships if they have been resourceful enough to go out and find work in their

school holidays! In fact all children, expat or Caymanian, should be encouraged to seek work experience as soon as they are over the age of 16. It not only keeps them busy, but it also teaches them the value of money and to have a good work ethic - invaluable tools for life! Naturalisation as a BOTC (Section 18 (1) Grounds of Residence at 18) If you are a Permanent Resident (PR) and not married to a Caymanian then getting Naturalised as a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) is an essential step in the process of acquiring Caymanian Status. Once you have had Permanent Residence for 12 months, and have lived in Cayman for at least five years, you can apply under the British Nationality Act for Naturalisation as a BOTC by virtue of a connection with the Cayman Islands. Please note that you will still need to pay your Permanent Resident work-related fees every year once you are Naturalised. However, the spouse of a Caymanian does not pay these fees. The spouse of a Caymanian will (provided their Caymanian Spouse is a BOTC), be able to apply for Naturalisation 12 months from the date that their RERC was approved, provided they have been resident in the Islands for at least 3 years and seek to apply on the basis of marriage to a BOTC. The application is made to the Deputy Governor and must include an up-to-date travel history covering the last five years (you can obtain this from WORC), as well as certified copies of your relevant documents and a fee of CI$825. Please note that a child under the age of 18 can (on successful application) be registered as a BOTC and the cost is CI$450.

Nick Joseph is a partner at HSM, where he deals primarily with the provision of advice in relation to a broad range of regulatory matters including immigration and employment issues with an emphasis on relocation advice. Nick is a leading immigration lawyer in the Cayman Islands and was a partner for almost ten years at a major offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands before joining HSM in early 2013.



The Divorce Dilemma:

How it Affects Immigration in Cayman There are some specific issues relating to divorce and immigration statuses which are important to be aware of. Whether or not you can continue to live in Cayman could be in the balance. − Nick Joseph Divorce For Expats/Work Permit Holders

Should an expat couple living in Cayman decide to divorce, the non-working (previously) dependent spouse may have no particular right to stay in Cayman. Residence based purely on the presence of children is not allowed by the Immigration Law. Children in such circumstances can remain as approved dependents of the parent who is on a work permit or government contract, and continue to attend full-time education until adulthood (as late as 24 if attending full-time university). However, the formerly dependent parent will likely only be able to remain if they obtain their own work permit (including through the Special Economic Zone regime) or government contract; or alternatively secure some form of residency as a person of independent means. They may be permitted to remain as a tourist, but remaining in such a capacity for more than 90 days can present difficulties, and no permission ought to be expected after a total of 182 days of physical presence in any 12-month period.

Former Spouse of a Caymanian

In the instance where the former spouse of a Caymanian is the mother/father of a Caymanian child, they will usually be allowed to remain (subject to various approvals) and be permitted to work until the children complete their education or their 24th birthday, whichever happens sooner. If their last child reaches the age of 24 and the non-Caymanian parent has not obtained an alternative immigration permission before this point, then the parent will (according to the provisions of the law as presently drafted) have to leave the Cayman Islands. Such a parent will however have an opportunity to apply for Permanent Residence pursuant to the points system, provided Cayman has been their home for more than 8 years.

Spouses of Permanent Residents

The dependant spouse of a Permanent Resident can apply for their own Permanent Residence and Employment Rights Certificate (RERC) as the spouse of a PR holder, as soon as their spouse is granted Permanent Residence. They do not have to wait the usual eight years of residency and do not have to take any test or be subject to the points system. They are however free to apply for Permanent Residence in their own right, (and go through the normal process) if they have been living in Cayman for 8 years. If they hold Permanent Residence and have been naturalised, they should also apply for the Right to be Caymanian as soon as they have been living in the Cayman Islands for 15 years (or five years following the date 154

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of naturalisation). Ideally, spouses who qualify should in any event consider applying for Permanent Residence in their own right once they have been legally and ordinarily resident for eight (and less than nine) years. However, many people just carry on having their Residency and Employment Rights Certificate (RERC) 'tied to’ their spouses’ Permanent Residency since there is no time limit on the award. The problem arises when one of the spouses applies for and is granted the Right to be Caymanian. At this point the RERC holder/ spouse whose Residence is based on marriage to a PR holder, must have their immigration status in the Islands ‘regularised’ within 45 days, i.e. they must have their RERC changed to that of the 'Spouse of a Caymanian'. They may even (if they have been married for more than 7 years) apply directly for the Right to be Caymanian based on marriage to a Caymanian. If they forget, or divorce, then as they are no longer married to a Permanent Resident, their certificate becomes void. There will in effect be nothing to extend. This has caused a lot of problems for couples/parents who then decide to separate. One of the requirements in the Immigration Law is that you can hand-on-heart tick the box saying you have a stable marriage. If you cannot then there may be no rights remaining for you in the law: your immigration standing may be in limbo and you may not be allowed to stay in the Cayman Islands.

Spouses of Caymanians

The spouse of a Caymanian has no entitlement to a work permit, or even to reside in the Cayman Islands on the basis of their marriage. Unless they have a prior permission, which is yet to expire, they must first apply for (and hold) an RERC on the basis of marriage to a Caymanian. The law has now changed to make such RERC’s permanent in nature. After seven years of marriage, the nonCaymanian spouse can apply for the Right to be Caymanian on the basis of marriage. If a Caymanian also happens to be a BOTC, the holder of an RERC as the spouse of this Caymanian can apply for naturalization as a BOTC by virtue of a connection with the Cayman Islands as little as three years after becoming resident here. Anyone resident 5 years after naturalization is eligible to apply for the Right to be Caymanian alaw provides that the right of any RERC holder (as the spouse of a Caymanian) ceases to have the right to live and work in the Islands upon the breakdown of their marriage. In any event, WORC can revoke an RERC. If the RERC is revoked, then one of the only ways for your spouse to stay on the Island is by being granted a work permit under section 38 (7) of the Immigration (Transition) Law, and only for a period of three years (unless the marriage is first formally dissolved). At the end of three

years, if you have passed your term limit, then the non-Caymanian spouse may have to leave the Islands and be without a work permit for one year in order to reset their term-limit clock. Short of an application to the Cabinet there is little leeway in the law. The only avenue to fighting this could be on the grounds of human rights, and that process could be lengthy, costly and uncertain. TOP TIP: If you are experiencing marital difficulties, please do seek legal advice regarding your immigration status, as current legislation may not be supportive of those who cannot swear in an affidavit that they are in a stable marriage.

Things to Consider

The length of time you and your spouse have lived in the Islands and what implication that has on your term limit and applications for Permanent Residency, or the Right to be Caymanian. If you qualify, you can seek Permanent Residence in your own right when you have been in Cayman for at least eight years. Further, if your spouse is (or has become) a Caymanian, you can apply to be Caymanian when you have been married to the person for 7 years (whether or not the seven years have been spent in Cayman) although there are some requirements regarding cohabitation. Remember that under current legislation it is an offence for an applicant for PR, whose application is pending, not to inform the authorities forthwith of any change in an applicant’s marital (or other material) status. There is also a requirement on persons holding Permanent Residence (other than on the basis of Marriage to a Caymanian) to file an annual declaration. It is also an offence punishable by a substantial fine and potential loss of immigration permissions for an RERC holder (other than on the basis of marriage to a Caymanian) and their Dependant Spouse, not to inform the Director of Workforce, Opportunities and Residency Cayman (“WORC”) of a change in marital status within six months of any dissolution or breakdown.


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Writing a Will Why Draft a Will?

If you pass away without leaving a will (known as dying 'intestate'), your estate will be distributed between your beneficiaries in accordance with the legal statutes that are applicable. Your family members will have to follow the clearing-off principles to determine who is entitled to become the representative of your estate, and then actively administer the same and distribute it amongst your beneficiaries according to criteria set out in the Law. The Cayman Islands have very broad testamentary freedom, which means you are effectively allowed to leave your assets to anyone as you please. However, one must note that certain countries and/or states that operate under civil law, have strict rules as to who benefits from all or part of your estate, irrespective of whether you have a will. If you wish, you can decide on who to appoint as the representative of your estate. The benefit of having a local representative who is familiar with the Cayman Islands legal system cannot be overstated. Their familiarity with the rules

could save your estate from significant expense, not to mention alleviate the stress placed on bereaved loved ones who may otherwise find themselves having to negotiate the requirements of a country and legal system they may not be familiar with.

Worldwide Assets

Proper estate planning can limit your estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exposure to certain taxes upon your death. Long term residents often incorrectly assume that being domiciled in the Cayman Islands (which does not have estate taxes) automatically means that their estates and assets located in other localities are exempt from jurisdictional taxation rules. It can be an incredible and unnecessary shock to beneficiaries to suddenly have part (or all) of an estate subject to heavy taxes. As such, in certain circumstances it will become both smart and necessary to draft multiple wills for each jurisdiction within which your assets are located, or consider the creation of certain trust structures.

Drafting a Will

Take advice from an attorney to make sure your will is unambiguous, clearly sets out your wishes and meets legal requirements. Attorneys can also provide additional services such as the retention of your will. Remember that the beauty of a will is that it can be rewritten or amended at any time, assuming you meet the legal requirements to do so. Review your will periodically to make sure it still reflects your wishes.


Consider what will happen to your children if you and your spouse were to pass away suddenly? Who will care for them and how will your estate fund their education and upbringing? Use your will to appoint your childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guardians and also create structures and empower the trustees of your estate to invest, apply and manage your assets in the best interest of your children. Drafting a will can ensure that your beneficiariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs are tended to with the same level of care and careful management of your estate.

Living Wills

The Health Care Decisions Bill, enacted in March of 2019, provides a framework for advance healthcare directives (better known as living wills) about medical treatment before a person becomes terminally ill or mentally impaired and is no longer able to make such decisions. This Law provides for matters such as do-not-resuscitate orders and restrictions on the type of treatment to be administered. Speak with your local attorney about this legislation and take steps to ensure your wishes are properly recorded. It will ease the emotional burden placed on relatives and help guide health care providers when end-of-life decisions need to be made. 156

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Letters of Wishes

A letter of wishes sets out additional, non-binding requests and generally holds all of those items that we take for granted, but which are only known to us. Simple instructions include where your life insurance policies, annuities and pension plans are held. Setting this out in a letter of wishes will save your representative hours of digging through papers and making telephone calls trying to determine where your assets are held. Giving precise details can save your estate from potential losses due to unidentified assets. Your attorney will ask you to fill out an instruction sheet with the following information: Family Information What is your full name, date of birth and home address? What is the full name of your spouse and children, their dates of birth and addresses? Were there any previous marriages, or children from that previous marriage? Key Roles in your Will • Names and addresses of your proposed executors and your relationship with them. • Name and address of guardians to your children, if your children are young.

Gifts • Pecuniary bequests – These are legacies of cash that you may want to leave to someone. Include their names, addresses and the specific amount you would like to leave to them. • Legacies of property – Identify the specific item/property that you want to leave someone, as well as their full name and address. • Beneficiaries of the rest of your estate – This is whatever is remaining in your estate and can be given to one person, or it can be divided equally, or unequally, between several people. This is called the ‘residue’ of your estate. • Substitute beneficiaries of your estate – Name a substitute to inherit your estate should the named beneficiaries die before the estate can be given to them. • Age of inheritance – Specify an age when your beneficiaries inherit the residue of your estate. This is only really relevant if your beneficiaries are very young at the time of you writing your will. • ‘Worst case scenario’ gift – Name a charity, family member or friend who will inherit your estate if everyone you have named in your will dies and cannot inherit it. If you have named someone in your will and they die before you, you

need to specify if you would like the gift to pass to their children. The final portion of the will requires you to list your assets, liabilities (mortgages and outstanding debts), any life insurance policies you may have, as well as the details of your pension plan. You will need to estimate a value for each of these and indicate whether they are owned by you alone or shared with your spouse.

Why Buy

Life Insurance?

To Pay for Funeral Expenses: A funeral and burial or cremation can be very costly. You don’t want to leave your family to worry about money on top of the emotional turmoil of your death. To Cover for Your Children’s Expenses: If you have young children you will want them well taken care of and able to afford a good education all the way up to university. To Replace Your Spouse’s Income: If you have always relied on two incomes to afford your lifestyle, then replacing your spouse's income will be vital. To Pay Off Debts: Your family can use the life insurance to pay off the mortgage, expenses from the funeral and any other debts you may have had. To Buy the Shares of a Business Partner: If you are involved in a business partnership, you should get life insurance on your business partner’s life so that if they die you will have enough cash to buy out their interest in the business and pay their share of the company’s obligations without having to sell the company itself.

TOP TIP: Dying without a will can cause significant stress and heartache for those left to administrate your estate. Tying up your affairs neatly and with the advice of a local attorney is important. Don’t put it off!

David Dinner is the Managing Partner of Dentons’ Cayman Islands office. His broad-based practice offers local family advice and guidance related to wills, estate and trust planning, and real estate, together with more global expertise including business licensing, corporate/commercial litigation and professional malpractice/clinical negligence claims. After studying and practising law in Canada, David moved to Cayman in 2008 and is currently Chairman of the Cayman Heart Fund.



Bank Accounts

Educating your children on the importance of money from a young age sets the stage for a lifetime of smart money moves. The sooner your child appreciates the value of a dollar, the sooner they will be able to make conscious decisions about spending and saving. Opening a savings account for them is a great first step into the world of financial responsibility. Below are answers to a few important questions you should be asking.

How Soon?

Financial planning is certainly easier before you have children. Some financial planners encourage clients to set aside funds for their unborn children. But do not despair! If your child arrived without a nest egg, there’s no time like the present to start saving. While some parents choose to open their child’s first account at birth, accumulating funds for them until they are able to manage the account with minimal supervision, others tend to get started later. Some banks have saving accounts geared towards families and children ages 17 and under. Others cap the age limit at 19 years old.

What Type?

The Cayman Islands has numerous commercial banks to choose from and each will have specific account plans that are tailored to a variety of needs. Setting up your child’s account at your family bank may appear to be the more seamless option due to your existing relationship; however your bank may not always offer what you need. Before opening an account you should have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Are you setting up an account to save for college? If so, Cayman National Bank has a Student Saver account designed to help parents save money for their children’s education. There are also savings accounts to help your child learn about the importance of saving money and Butterfield Bank has an excellent Young Savers Account. Butterfield 158

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for Children

Top Tips for Opening a

Children s Savings Account Choose an account without a minimum balance requirement: If your child did not receive a financial windfall at birth, he or she will be able to save small amounts without worrying about maintaining a specific balance. Choose an account with no monthly fees: Watching their bottom line dwindle away because of excessive monthly fees will cause any young saver to lose heart. Preserve your child’s nest egg by choosing an account with no or very little monthly maintenance fees. Ensure your account earns interest: Look for accounts that will allow your child to earn high (or at least some) interest on every penny they save. This will encourage your young saver to accumulate a fat balance and not spend it. Choose an account that can be managed online: Help your child brush up on their financial management and online skills simultaneously. Choosing an account that can be easily managed from the comfort of your home will be far more convenient and provide you with a much needed reprieve from rush hour errands.

also offers a more hands-on approach with their Financial Management 101 classes, open to full-time college or university students aged 18 and older. These classes advise on savings strategies, credit management and budgeting techniques designed to give you practical money management skills. Attendees are eligible for a special package of services designed just for students, including a savings account, a Butterfield Debit Card and Credit Card, and access to Butterfield Online Internet and Mobile Banking. Alternatively, Scotiabank has a Primary Savings Junior Account and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has a Leo’s Young Savers Account. These are just a few options on-Island that offer countless benefits to families and young savers.

What Will I Need To Open the Account?

Only a few banks stipulate that you are an existing account holder in order to set up an additional account for your child, but nearly all will require the following: • Two forms of identification (e.g. valid passport and driver’s licence). • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill or apartment lease). • One or two character references. • That a parent or guardian of the child is a joint account holder. • Some banks have a minimum age requirement. • A minimum deposit upon opening the account.

Overseas Banking for Children

Children who go overseas for boarding school need to have a way of accessing money, or paying for things, especially in the case of a delayed flight when they are travelling. If they are over the age of 10 then you can open a local bank account and get them a local debit card, you can try and register them with a bank overseas, or you can get them a GoHenry debit card (if they are in the UK or the USA). The advantage of using a bank in the Cayman Islands is that there is no cost of transferring money between accounts, but there will be exchange rate charges. Always contact your child's bank before they travel so the account doesn't get frozen. A new and much easier way to give your child access to money while they are away is to get them a GoHenry card. In the UK it is linked with Visa and in the USA it is linked with MasterCard. Your child will receive a debit card which is linked to an App and with this you can attach parental controls, track their spending, set spending limits, and upload more money anytime simply by transferring it from your Cayman debit card. It has revolutionised how children have access to money when overseas and completely removes the need to open them an overseas bank account. See www.gohenry.com for more information.



Adopting a Pet

in Cayman

Thinking of adopting a dog or cat? Pet ownership can be a wonderful experience and a great way for children to learn responsibility, kindness and respect. There are also a multitude of scientificallyproven upsides for kids who live with pets. Children who have pets have been proven to: • Be more confident – children who are given age-appropriate tasks relating to looking after a pet, such as laying out fresh water, show an improvement in self-esteem. Pets also provide unconditional love when the outside world can be stressful and confusing. • Show greater compassion – studies have shown that children with pets show a higher level of empathy towards others. Pet ownership shows you how to care and nurture an animal that is dependent on you. • Be healthier – as well as the fantastic health upsides of being active whilst walking and playing with a dog, several studies have shown that kids with pets actually have a decreased chance of developing allergies. • Be happier – petting an animal lowers cortisol and increases serotonin and dopamine levels, lowering stress levels and benefitting mood. And who doesn’t like coming home to a loveable friend?! However, once you have kids there are a few extra things to think about before you adopt a pet: • Safety – new pets are always going to be unknown to a large degree; if you have young children, you will always need to supervise them around dogs or cats. They can easily overwhelm or frighten dogs, who could then turn on them. Never leave children alone with a pet. • Hygiene – you will have to make your peace with the fact that adopting a pet will make your house less clean and they may well lick your children and their toys. • Bad habits – new pets can come with bad habits, especially if they’re very young. If you get a puppy, for example, you can expect nipping, jumping up and barking. They may also chew up your children’s toys or damage your furniture or possessions. A good training regime should solve most or all of these issues. • Capacity – if you’re running around looking after children, do you have enough time to look after a dog? How will you

The Brosnihan Family dog walking for the Humane Society

manage the logistics of fitting in two walks a day? Can you handle being woken up at night or in the early morning by a dog, as well as your children? Think very carefully whether pet ownership is something you can cope with, both mentally and logistically, at this point in your life! The good news is that you can take small steps before you commit enitrely to pet ownership. The Humane Society offer a full range of volunteer options from ad hoc dog walking to becoming a foster parent before you decide whether pet ownership is for you.

The Cayman Islands Humane Society is a dog and cat shelter that looks after over 85 abandoned or mistreated animals at any one time. They are run solely on donations. How you can help: • Donate money, clothing, books or pet food • Volunteer • Shop at The Book Loft (above the shelter on North Sound Rd.) or the Thrift Shop (Plaza Venetia) • Walk or train the dogs • Foster or adopt a pet • Chaperone animals on flights to overseas homes.


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Pet Ownership – the T&Cs

Owning a pet is an exciting opportunity, but it does come with responsibilities and obligations. Here are some of the issues to keep in mind as a pet owner in Cayman:

Micro-chipping: You will need to micro-chip your pet to keep it safe. Micro-chipping is a painless one-off injection, placing a tiny chip in the scruff of the neck. Not only will it help identify your pet if it gets lost, it is essential for travelling overseas. Immunisations: There are some core vaccinations that all dogs and cats need to have – DHPPL for dogs (distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, parvovirus, Leptospirosis) and FVRCP and FeLV for cats (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Leukemia). There are also some non-compulsory vaccines, including for kennel cough (Bordatella) and rabies. These are given according to the risk of exposure so consult with your vet about your pet’s requirements. Spaying & Neutering: Spaying and neutering is shown to increase longevity and health in pets and should occur when your pet is 4-6 months of age. Crucially, it also reduces over-population and homelessness on-Island. It is strongly recommended that owners get females spayed before their first season. Heartworm Prevention: This is a widespread and potentially fatal disease affecting dogs and cats in Cayman, spread by mosquitoes. Thankfully, it is preventable and treatable - the use of monthly preventatives, in the form of chewable tablets, is mandatory. Flea & Tick Prevention: Fleas and ticks are common in Cayman and regular monthly prevention is highly recommended. Pet Food: A good quality diet reduces risk of metabolic disease and helps pets live longer, healthier lives. Avoiding raw food diets is strongly recommended in households with young children. General Health: Familiarise yourself with your pet’s ‘normal’ behaviour and demeanour. Make a point to check their bodyweight, teeth, nails, coat and comfort regularly. An annual check with your vet is important to stay on top of their wellbeing and immunisations.

TOP TIP from Kman Vets: Pet insurance is not currently available on-Island, so preparation helps avoid tough decisions. We thoroughly recommend, where possible, that pet owners regularly put some money aside for unexpected eventualities or pet emergencies.

Hurricane Checklist for Pets Don’t forget to include your pets in your hurricane planning. In the run up to hurricane season, make sure you have the following: A month’s worth of dry food, water and any medication. A pet crate or transporter equipped with food and water bowls, newspaper, blankets, a litter for cats, and a toy. Make sure there is some identification securely attached to the crate. Pet paperwork, including travel health certificate from your vet, photos for identification, medical records and any notes on food/medication requirements in an airtight plastic bag.

Note: Public hurricane shelters do not accept pets. You will need to make alternative arrangements if you are evacuating your home.

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The most common natural disaster that threatens the Cayman Islands is hurricanes. Although statistics suggest the Cayman Islands will only get hit by a tropical storm or hurricane every 1.7 years, changing climate trends mean the elements required for hurricanes to flourish have multiplied. In the event the Island does get hit by a hurricane, you will want to have taken the practical steps to ensure you and your family stay safe and dry. For more information, visit www.caymanprepared.gov.ky and www.caymanresident.com. Hurricane Supply Kit

Preparation is key. Prior to the start of hurricane season (June 1st to November 30th) put together a hurricane supply kit, stocked with the items on the checklist below:

❑❑ Several gallons of drinking water ❑❑ Long-life food that does not require refrigeration or to be cooked (tinned food is particularly helpful)

❑❑ Plywood and screw nails for windows/doors (if necessary) ❑❑ ‘C’ type fire extinguisher for electrical fires ❑❑ Oil and petrol for generator (optional) ❑❑ Portable gas cooker and refills ❑❑ Charcoal and lighter fluid ❑❑ Flashlight, lantern and oil ❑❑ Candles and matches/lighter in watertight bag ❑❑ Battery operated radio, fan and extra batteries ❑❑ First aid kit, sunscreen and feminine hygiene supplies ❑❑ Medication ❑❑ Mosquito coils, citronella candles and/or spray ❑❑ Life vests, galoshes and whistle ❑❑ Rope/strong twine, duct/packing tape ❑❑ Plastic sheeting to cover furniture ❑❑ Tarpaulin for roof ❑❑ Paper towel, toilet paper and napkins ❑❑ Disposable plates, glasses and cutlery ❑❑ Aluminium foil, plastic freezer bags ❑❑ Can opener/knife (e.g. Swiss army) ❑❑ Chlorine bleach (sterilising water) and Dettol (disinfecting hands and feet)

❑❑ Hand sanitiser and baby wipes (for personal hygiene) ❑❑ Ice chest (to stock up with ice in the run up to a major stom) ❑❑ Baby supplies: nappies, wipes, food ❑❑ Pet food and litter box See page 161 for a Hurricane checklist for pets.


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Things to Do

In the immediate days leading up to the storm, make sure you have ticked off the following:

❑❑ Design a family plan for which shelter and route is best suited to your needs

❑❑ Store important documents, records, irreplaceable and precious items in watertight containers and back up to an external drive

❑❑ Fill cars with gasoline/charge if electric and move them to higher ground

❑❑ Withdraw cash from bank - ATMs won’t work without power ❑❑ Bring in everything from outside, i.e. bird feeder, hose, barbecue, chairs, potted plants

❑❑ Secure boat and remove all equipment - battery, life jackets, etc. ❑❑ Make arrangements for the safety of your pets ❑❑ Move furniture and belongings away from windows and doors and elevate off floor level

❑❑ Put silicone or foam around outside doors and also fill enough sandbags to protect the outside of the doors at ground level

❑❑ Pick up rugs from the floor and remove drapes from windows ❑❑ Buy buckets and sheets of plastic to protect furniture and wood floors from ceiling leaks

❑❑ Clean tubs/baths and fill them with water ❑❑ Turn freezer and fridge to the coldest setting. If power goes out, food and ice will last longer

❑❑ Charge cell phones and have cell phone charger that plugs into car lighter or a cranking mechanism

❑❑ Wedge sliding doors to prevent them lifting from tracks and reinforce garage door

❑❑ Keep swimming pool full, to around 12 inches from the top ❑❑ Turn off propane tanks ❑❑ Secure TV antennae ❑❑ Ensure there is an adequate supply of emergency food ❑❑ Close cistern openings and disconnect downspouts ❑❑ Fill empty gallon bottles with water for bathing and flushing ❑❑ Have raincoats/ponchos handy ❑❑ Make sure you have the phone numbers of family and friends and that they have yours

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1. Stick it on the board Stick children’s schedules, reminders and chores on a bulletin board. Hang one in their bedroom, or section out a big one and hang it in a communal space.

6. Picture perfect every time When you have to hang something with exact holes, photocopy the back of the picture and use it as a template to drill with.

2. Don’t get twisted Organise a jumbled bunch of cords and wires using old loo-rolls! They can easily be stored in drawers or a storage box.

7. Sun safe Store money, keys and other small valuables in an empty sun lotion bottle for safer keeping at the beach.

3. Repurpose hanging shoe racks Store cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack on the back of a door! Perfect for keeping all your supplies in one place.

8. Always keep a spare Glue your spare key inside a small food bag to the bottom of a stone and hide it near to your front porch.

4. A wrinkle-free solution Place ice cubes in the dryer with the wrinkled piece of clothing on the hottest setting. Ice will turn to steam, ironing out any creases.

9. Save on bubble wrap If you’re moving house, wrap breakables in clothes instead of bubble wrap. Socks are great padding for the inside and outside of glassware!

5. Travel smart When travelling with kids, swap your weekend bags for backpacks, leaving your hands free to push buggies or even buy a coffee to go!

10. Hurricane ready Keep important documents stored inside a watertight ziploc bag ready to be grabbed in the event of a hurricane.

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Immigration Consultants, Lawyers, Banks and Life Insurance Providers

Banks Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd. PO Box 705, Grand Cayman KY1-1107. Tel: (345) 949 7055 Email: info.cayman@ butterfieldgroup.com Web: www. ky.butterfieldgroup.com Banking Hours: Butterfield Place Banking Centre (GT), Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am4.30pm; Midtown Plaza Banking Centre (GT), Monday-Friday 9am-4pm; Governors Square Banking Centre (SMB), Monday-Friday 9am4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Cayman National Bank

PO Box 1097, Grand Cayman KY1-1102. Tel: (345) 949 4655 Email: cnb@caymannational. com Web: www.caymannational.com Branches & Banking Hours: Elgin Ave (GT), Camana Bay (SMB), Buckingham Square on West Bay Road (SMB) and Cayman Brac, Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm; Centennial Towers (WB) and Countryside Shopping Village (Savannah), Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm; Little Cayman, Mondays and Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am and 12pm2.30pm.

CIBC FirstCaribbean

PO Box 68, Grand Cayman KY1-1102. Tel: (345) 949 7300 Web: www.cibcfcib.com Branches & Banking Hours: George Town, Monday-

Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm; Regatta Office Park, West Bay Road (SMB) and Plaza Venezia, North Sound Road, MondayThursday 9am-3.30pm and Friday 9am-4pm, Health City Service & Loan Centre, TuesdayFriday 1pm-6.30pm and Saturday 9.30am1.30pm.

Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd.

PO Box 914, Grand Cayman KY1-1103. Tel: (345) 949 7822 Email: info@fidelitycayman. com Web: www.fidelitygroup.com Branches & Banking Hours: Cayman Financial Centre, Dr. Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive (GT), Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm; Fidelity Financial Centre (SMB), MondayFriday 10.30am-6pm.

RBC Royal Bank

PO Box 245, Grand Cayman KY1-1104. Tel: (345) 949 4600 Web: www.rbcroyalbank. com/caribbean Branches & Banking Hours: 24 Shedden Road (GT), Monday-Friday 9am-4pm; Red Bay Branch, 53 Shamrock Road (next to Grand Harbour), Monday-Friday 11am-6pm.


PO Box 689, Grand Cayman KY1-1107. Tel: (345) 949 7666 Web: www.scotiabank.com/ky Branches & Banking Hours: Scotia Centre, 18 Forum Lane, Camana Bay, Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm; South Sound (across from Grand Harbour), MondayFriday 10am-6pm.

Family Counsellors - see page 141 Family Law, Wills & Estate Planning


Appleby Tower, 71 Fort Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 4900 Email: cayman@ applebyglobal.com Web: www.applebyglobal. com Estate planning.

Bedell Cristin

Unit 3211, 53 Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 949 0488 Web: www.bedellcristin.com Wills and estate planning.

Bodden & Bodden Attorneys-at-Law

2nd Floor, Caribbean Plaza, North Building, 878 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 0303 Email: info@bcsl.ky Web: www.boddenandbodden. com Wills and estate planning.

Broadhurst LLC

40 Linwood Street, George Town Tel: (345) 949 7237 Email: info@broadhurstllc.com Web: www.broadhurstllc.com Family law, wills and estate planning.


4th Floor Willow House, Cricket Square, GT. Tel: (345) 949 2648 Email: campbells@



campbellslegal.com. Web: www. campbellslegal.com Family law and estate planning.

com Web: www.ogier.com Estate planning including wills.


2nd Fl, Caribbean Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 946 1577 Email: info@palawcayman. com Web: www.priestleys.ky Family law, wills and estate planning.

81 West Church Street, West Bay. Tel: (345) 623 0202 Email: info@chapmanslegal.com Web: www.chapmanslegal.com Family law, estate planning and wills.

Carey Olsen

Willow House, Cricket Square, George Town. Tel: (345) 749 2000 Email: cayman@ careyolsen.com Web: www.careyolsen.com Family law and estate planning.


3rd Fl, One Capital Place, Shedden Road. Tel: (345) 745 5000 Email: info.ky@dentons.com Web: www.dentons.com Family law, wills and estate planning.

Ritch & Conolly Attorneys-At-Law

4th Fl, Queensgate House, South Church Street Tel: (345) 949 7366 Email: info@ rc.com.ky Web: www.rc.com.ky Family law, wills and estate planning.


3rd Floor, Genesis Building, Genesis Close. Tel: (345) 743 2626 Email: info@sinclairs.com. ky Web: www.sinclairs.com.ky Family law, wills and estate planning.

Stenning & Associates


Tel: (345) 745 5000 Email: randall.martin@ dentons.com Web: www.dentons.com.

HSM Chambers Attorneys-at-Law

Tel: (345) 949 4766 Email: njoseph@ hsmoffice.com Web: www.hsmoffice.com.

McGrath Tonner

Tel: (345) 623 2740 Email: mcgrathtonner.com Web: mcgrathtonner.com.

info@ www.

Ritch & Conolly Attorneys-at-Law

Tel: (345) 949 7366 Email: jconolly@rc.com. ky Web: www.rc.com.ky.

Symons & Symons

Forbes Hare

Cassia Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 7700 Email: cayman@forbeshare.com Web: www.forbeshare.com Estate planning.

3rd Floor Marquee Plaza, 433 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 0220 Email: info@stenning. ky Web: www.stenning.ky Wills and estate planning.

Tel: (345) 745 7529 Email: stephen. symons@symonsandsymons.com Web: www.symonsandsymons.com.

HSM Chambers Attorneys-at-Law

Stuarts Walker Hersant Humphries

Tel: (345) 945 8869 Qualified attorneys offer free legal advice over the phone or on a walk-in basis, every Tuesday at the Compass Centre, North Sound Road 5pm6.30pm and via a phone-in service on Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm.

68 Fort Street, GT. Tel: (345) 949 4766 Email: info@hsmoffice.com Web: www.hsmoffice. com Family law, wills and estate planning.

Kobre & Kim

9 Forum Lane, Suite 3207, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 749 4000 Email: inquiries@kobrekim. com Web: www.kobrekim.com Family law.

Venture One Legal Ltd.

Cayman Reporter Building, Walkers Road, GT. Tel: (345) 936 5222 Email: info@venture1legal. com Web: www.ventureonelegal.com Family law, wills and estate planning.

Higgs & Johnson

2nd Floor Willow House, Cricket Square. Tel: (345) 949 7555 Email: cayman@ higgsjohnson.com Web: www.higgsjohnson. com Family law, wills and estate planning. M aples Group Ugland House, South Church Street, GT. Tel: (345) 949 8066 Email: info@ maples.com Web: www.maples.com Estate planning.

McGrath Tonner

5th Floor Genesis Building, Genesis Close, GT. Tel: (345) 949 2740 Email: info@mcgrathtonner.com Web: www. mcgrathtonner.com Family law, wills and estate planning.


94 Solaris Avenue, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 949 4123 Email: caymanislands@mourant. com Web: www.mourant.com Estate planning.

Nelson & Company

31 The Strand, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 949 9710 Email: info@nellaw.com Web: www.nellaw.com Family law, wills and estate planning.


4th Floor, 89 Nexus Way, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 949 9876 Email: cayman@ogier.


Priestleys Attorneys-at-Law

CML Immigration Services

Tel: (345) 949 1345 Email: info@cml.ky Web: www.cml.ky.

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69 Dr. Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive, GT. Tel: (345) 949 3344 Email: info@stuartslaw.com Web: www. stuartslaw.com Wills and estate planning.

Symons & Symons

4 Tropic Centre (Coconut Plaza), 18 Earth Close, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 745 7529 Email: stephen.symons@symonsandsymons.com or peta.symons@symonsandsymons.com Web: www.symonsandsymons.com Family law, wills and estate planning.

Travers Thorp Alberga

Harbour Place, 103 South Church Street, GT. Tel: (345) 949 0699 Email: info@ traversthorpalberga.com Web: www. traversthorpalberga.com Family law and estate planning.

SMP Partners

24 Shedden Rd, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 9107, Email: info@smppartners.ky Web: www.smppartners.com Estate planning.


190 Elgin Ave, GT. Tel: (345) 949 0100 Email: info@walkersglobal.com Web: www. walkersglobal.com Estate planning.

Immigration Professionals

Affinity Recruitment Ltd.

Tel: (345) 943 2020 Email: info@affinity.ky Web: www.affinitycayman.com.


Tel: (345) 945 1781 Email: info@baraud.com Web: www.baraud.com

Bodden Corporate Services Ltd.

Tel: (345) 945 0400 Email: info@bcsl.ky Web: www.bcsl.ky

Cayman Immigration Consultant Services

Tel: (345) 943 1186 Email: info@cicsky.com.

Legal Befrienders

Life Insurance Providers

Aon Cayman Risk Solutions (Cayman) Ltd.

Tel: (345) 945 1266 Email: nigel. twohey@aon.com Web: www.aon.com/ caymanislands.

British Caymanian Insurance

Tel: (345) 949 8699 Email: info@britcay.ky Web: www.britcay.ky.

Cayman Insurance Centre (Insurance Brokers)

Tel: (345) 949 4657 Health: (345) 946 3930 Web: www.cic.com.ky .

Fidelity Insurance (Cayman) Ltd.

Tel: (345) 949 5836 Email: insurance@ fidelitycayman.com Web: www. fidelitygroup.com.

Karim Awe

Tel: (345) 916 0948 Email: karim.awe@cic. com.ky Web: www.lifeinsurancecayman. com.

Michael Webster - Life Agent

Tel: (345) 925 5433 webster@cic.com.ky lifeinsurance345.com.

Email: Web:

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Tel: (345) 949 8211 Email: customerservicecayman @sagicor.com Web: www.sagicorcayman.com.

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Fertility Options in Cayman

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Fertility Options in Cayman You might be surprised to learn quite how common infertility issues are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12% of Americans (7.3 million people) are infertile. In England, one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving. So if you are having problems, then know you are not alone. Where to Start

The timings for when to see a fertility specialist depend largely on your age and how long you’ve been trying to conceive naturally. It is generally recommended that you see someone right away if: • You’re under 35 and have been trying to conceive for 12 months or more • You’re between 35 and 40 and have been trying to conceive for six months or more • You’re 40 or over • You already know you have fertility issues because you’ve had your tubes tied or you don’t get your period One thing that is important to talk about is the emotional rollercoaster that couples go through when dealing with infertility. The hormones, poking, prodding, waiting and crushing disappointment (if it fails) can test even the most resilient and glass-half-full kind of person. There is also the cost to discuss: fertility treatment is often not covered by insurance and it can be very expensive. An initial round of IVF in the US can cost at least US$15,000, possibly more depending on the clinic, where it’s located, and the difficulties in the way. Then you have flights and hotel costs on top of that, not to mention time off work. The Cayman Fertility Centre is a new addition to the Island and offers all levels of fertility testing and treatments. This is a good alternative to going abroad, as local IVF starts at US$7,000 and you do not need to travel or take as much time off work. Success cannot be guaranteed however, and many couples need to be prepared to have more than one round of IVF before they consider other options. A couple who can be honest with each other and are prepared to discuss all the possible outcomes have the best chance of getting through it.

Fertility Evaluation

Your OB/GYN or fertility doctor will want to try and establish why you are not getting pregnant. In your initial consultation they will discuss testing options (physical exam, blood tests, sperm analysis and then imagining tests) and your doctor will work out a plan with your agreement on which tests to do. They will need to test both you and your partner and often couples go to the initial visit together. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, of the known 168

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causes of infertility, roughly one-third of infertility problems are male-related, half are female-related and the rest are often unexplained. Female fertility testing often begins with a medical examination, an ultrasound and a series of blood tests. A basic gynaecological exam and an ultrasound are done to rule out polycystic ovaries, ovarian cysts, fibroids or uterine polyps, among other things. Blood tests such as anti-müllerian hormone (AMH) can tell you how many eggs you have, and other tests are done to make sure you are in good health to carry a pregnancy. Another step is to check if the fallopian tubes are open or blocked. There are two tests that can show this: the Hysterosalpingography or Sonohysterosalpingography test and, if the results are abnormal, this may be treated with IVF or laparoscopy. In the latter case, a small incision is made through the belly button and in two other places to examine the abdomen. This test is useful for ruling out endometriosis, if the tubes are blocked, and if there are adhesions (scarring in a wrong place) or fibroids etc. Male fertility tests start with a simple semen analysis. Usually this is all that is needed to diagnose or rule out male infertility, however, further tests might include a general physical exam by a Urologist and blood work to check hormone levels. Both partners will also have STD tests. Other fertility tests involve both partners and might include genetic tests to look for inherited disorders, especially if recurrent miscarriages are the problem.

Fertility Tests & Insurance

Insurance companies are fairly clear on the fact that they consider fertility testing and fertility treatments as 'off plan' and they do not cover them. What they are less clear about, and something you must talk to your OB/GYN about, is the possibility that health insurance companies may limit substantially the cover to the resulting pregnancy and birth if that pregnancy has come about via fertility treatment. Some may cover a very small portion of infertility investigation but then significantly limit the cover to any resulting pregnancy.

Fertility Treatments

Ovarian Stimulation and Insemination OB/GYNs talk of the 'first tier' of fertility treatments being

ovarian stimulation and insemination. This usually involves you taking either oral or injectable medicines to stimulate the follicles of your ovaries to release eggs. This process needs to be monitored carefully with both vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests. The timing of ovulation or release of the egg can be controlled using an injection hormone. At this point the doctor will ask the male partner for his sperm, which will then be ‘washed and concentrated’ and inserted via a very thin tube directly inside the uterus; a technique called ‘Intrauterine Insemination’ (IUI). This procedure, which is similar to a pap smear, should not be too uncomfortable. It takes about five minutes and you can return to regular activity afterwards. The 'two week wait' for the results of your pregnancy test is the hardest part. Ovarian stimulation and IUI is routinely conducted in the Cayman Islands and, for many people, may be a good option that is not too expensive.

4) Embryo transfer 5) Hormonal support of the pregnancy and pregnancy test. Guidelines of the step-by-step process of IVF can be found online or you can talk to your OB/GYN. You may also want to consider the additional step of Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT, formerly called PGS). This is where the DNA of an embryo is screened for abnormal chromosomes. Embryos with abnormal chromosomes often end up in a failed treatment cycle, or a miscarriage, or the child may have a condition such as Down Syndrome. Visit the following websites for more information on IVF: www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy/fertilitytreatments/what-ivf, www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk and also www.reproductivefacts.org.

Further Fertility Treatments If neither of these options are possible, there are some alternative routes available:

In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

IVF is the next option if IUI did not work (or a first option for some people). Reasons to go straight to IVF include severe cases of male infertility, poor ovarian reserve, blocked fallopian tubes, an egg donor is being used, or a surrogate is needed, amongst other things. Once you have decided to consider IVF, finding the right clinic for you may require some research. Cayman Fertility Centre is a full spectrum clinic providing the latest IVF technology and is the only local practice that offers IVF. A few other Caribbean countries have IVF centres, including Barbados, and the US and UK have numerous options.

The cost of IVF varies significantly depending on the country and the clinic. You can pay as little as US$7,000 at clinics in Cayman, Barbados and Jamaica, whereas treatment in America starts at around US$15,000 and can go up to US$50,000+ for top clinics in larger cities. There are five major steps in the IVF process. These include: 1) Ovarian stimulation 2) Egg retrieval and sperm collection 3) Fertilisation and embryo culture

• Egg Donation with IVF: If a woman is unable to use her own eggs for IVF, finding an egg donor can be an effective solution. Selecting an egg donor is an emotional and difficult process so should only be undertaken with professional guidance and support. • Egg Freezing: Women who might want to have children sometime in the future, or women who need treatment for cancer, for example, can freeze their eggs for later use. The cost of egg freezing starts around US$5,000 in both Cayman and the US. Those who freeze their eggs will need IVF when they eventually want to use them. • Gestational Surrogacy: This is when a surrogate carries a baby she is not biologically related to – so the sperm and eggs come from the intended parents or an egg donor. This differs from “traditional surrogacy”, which is no longer common practice, where the baby being carried is genetically derived from the eggs of the pregnant woman and the sperm of the male intended parent. If you go down the gestational surrogacy route, you will need to go through a surrogacy agency who will manage the matching and screening, offer counselling and give legal advice. They will also refer you to a surrogacy attorney. The legal process around surrogacy is complicated and can be expensive. It also differs by country and state, so you will need to take professional advice before going down this route. The cost of surrogacy can accumulate and often exceed US$100k.

PLEASE NOTE: Fertility treatment can be draining – both emotionally and financially. It’s important to speak with a fertility specialist to get accurate information about the process, cost and success rates of different options before you get started. If you are struggling with the emotional aspect of infertility, please contact a counsellor. See page 20 for a list of local organisations.



Exercising for Two

If you exercised before pregnancy then you should be able to carry on as usual during your first trimester and beyond, as long as you follow a few sensible guidelines. If you didn’t exercise before, now is the perfect time to start investing some time in looking after yourself!

The Do’s & Dont’s of Pregnancy Exercise DO: • Drink enough water before, during and after exercise. • Start exercise very gently, and stretch down and cool off properly afterwards. • Exercise regularly rather than intensely; regular gentle activity is better for you than occasional intensive bursts. • Add Kegel/pelvic floor exercises into your routine; aim for three sets of 10 repetitions a day. Kegel exercises are simple – just hold and relax your pelvic floor muscle as though you are stopping and starting the flow of urine.

The Benefits of Pregnancy


• It helps boost energy levels. • It can ease common pregnancy issues such as nausea, leg cramps, swollen feet, varicose veins, constipation, insomnia and back pain. • Stronger muscles will help your body through labour and recovery. • It helps you feel generally fit and healthy as your body changes shape.

• Stop exercising immediately if you feel pain, experience bleeding or feel unwell. DON’T: • Exercise in the heat of the day; if you’re exercising outside, stick to early mornings and evenings when temperatures are cooler. • Overstretch. Your body produces a hormone called relaxin when you’re pregnant, which can make you feel more supple than you actually are. • Do high impact, jerky exercise like high intensity aerobics after your first trimester. Low impact exercise – where you keep at least one foot on the floor at all times – is fine as long as you feel comfortable. • Do anything where you risk falling or hurting yourself, e.g. competitive team sports, horseriding or skiing. • Exercise without consulting your doctor, or if you have risk factors in your pregnancy such as placenta praevia. • Sit in hot tubs or saunas, lift heavy weights or lie on your stomach. • Obsess about your weight. Weight gain of 25lbs to 35lbs is perfectly healthy.


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TOP TIP: If you want some exercises to try at home for free, try YouTube channels such as: • Pregnancy Yoga by Katy Appleton • Pregnancy Unleashed by Diana Antholis • Full Body Prenatal Workout by Lauren Hefez • Pregnancy Pilates by Jen Chae and Cassey Ho

Exercises To Try At Home Kegels


Sit on a stability ball and concentrate on your pelvic muscle, imagine you are trying to stop the flow of urine, contract your muscles and relax. Repeat 10-20 times. Aim for at least three sets every day.

Lower your bottom like you are going to sit on a chair, stop at the midway point and hold for 10 seconds, slowly return to the starting position. Aim for two sets of 10. Hold on to the back of a chair if you need extra stability.


Bound Angle Pose

Hamstring Stretch

Leg Raise

Lie down with your arms by your side and feet resting on the floor. Inhale and lift your hips and back off the ground. Hold for a few counts. Exhale and gently roll your spine back onto the ground.

Sit on the floor with one leg straight in front of you and the other bent. Bring the sole of one foot toward your groin so you're comfortable and can sit squarely on both hips. Gently stretch forward reaching for your toes. Place a towel around your heel and hold one end in each hand if stretching is difficult for you.

Sit on your mat with the soles of the feet together. Bring your heels close to the groin. Hold your feet with your hands and (with a straight spine) begin to gently bend forwards from the hips – only as much as is comfortable.

Lift your leg up and hold it parallel to the ground. Raise your leg up and down several times. This is useful for maintaining strength and flexibility.

Great Prenatal Exercise Options in Cayman • Walking Try brisk walking along Seven Mile beach in the early mornings. Reward yourself with a healthy smoothie for your effort! • Swimming Swimming is a fantastic pregnancy option and here in Cayman you’re never far from water. Sitting on top of a noodle in the water with a straight back whilst cycling your legs is another great low-impact water-based exercise you can do. • Prenatal Yoga & Pilates Kula Kids, based on Shedden Road near the airport, offers pre- and postnatal yoga; Bliss Yoga Cayman offers Prenatal Workshops. • Meditation/Relaxation Whilst not ‘exercise’ per se, this is great for keeping the mind as healthy as your body. You can do this easily at home using apps such as Headspace or join a class somewhere like BodyWorks.

Laura Ribbins is the owner of Fitness Connection and has over 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry. Fitness Connection offers a range of pre and postnatal fitness options, both in the gym and in their pool. Contact fitness@fitness.ky for more information. Located in George Town.



Top Tips for Dressing Your Bump • Buy bigger: Even if you’re still pretty small by the half-way mark, the chances are you’ll fill out in your third trimester. To avoid the double expense, buy items that may be a bit loose for you now rather than buying things that ‘just fit’. • Buy comfortable: Anything that grips your bump tightly is going to feel restrictive in the Cayman heat so choose fabrics that are soft and lightweight. • Emphasise your bump: Try tying a scarf or belt loosely above your bump to highlight it and give shape to loose tops and dresses. • Look after your feet: Wear supportive trainers or cushioned flip flops whenever you can. Feet can swell during pregnancy, so make sure you set your old shoes aside if they become uncomfortable. • Elongate your look with long flowing garments: A long beach sarong or lightweight cover-up will be invaluable for feeling comfortable on the beach or out in the evening. • Colour block: This will help define your top and bottom, or pair a patterned top with a plain skirt. Horizontal stripes will show off your bump brilliantly!

• Think ahead: Consider buying items that have nursing access for after the birth. Your body probably won’t ping back immediately so you’ll be grateful for some roomier clothes that feel comfortable and allow you to feed your baby easily. • Have fun: This is an exciting time and, whilst there may be times you feel huge, you will look back at your pregnant body with so much admiration. Enjoy your new shape, invest in a few core pieces that make you feel great, and make sure to get lots of photos!

TOP TIP: Bump Boutique owner, Brittani McGregor, has the following advice for pregnant women in Cayman: "Don't wait too long to buy clothes. Swap out anything that's starting to feel tight right away. Pregnancy is hard enough − make sure you're as comfortable as possible. Pregnancy pillows are almost always a good idea too; they can do wonders for achy bodies!".

Premium Maternity/Nursing Wear and Support Products for all Stages of Motherhood. (345) 526 2867 • 10 Huldah Ave, Cayman Business Park


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Preparing for

Birth & Beyond

As bellies grow, thoughts inevitably turn towards "What can I do to prepare for childbirth?". Fortunately for mums-to-be, there are plenty of options to help you feel prepared and take the mystery out of childbirth in Cayman. Childbirth Preparation Classes & Doula Services

The Health Services Authority (HSA) offers free childbirth classes at the Women’s Health Centre. This free eight-week series is called ‘Parent Craft’ and is held on Monday evenings from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Topics include, Nutrition for Pregnancy, Labour and Delivery, Knowing your Baby, Breastfeeding and Infant CPR. You will also be taken on a tour of the maternity ward so you can familiarise yourself with the facilities. There is no charge or need to register for any of the classes. Call (345) 244 2649 or 244 7627. If you miss any classes, you may make them up during a subsequent eight-week course cycle. Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes give you a grounding in one of the most popular birth techniques. Lamaze classes approach childbirth as a natural and healthy process; they neither support nor discourage the use of medical interventions during labour and delivery. Instead, they educate mums-to-be about their options so that they can make informed decisions. Nurturing Birth Experiences offers both group and private Lamaze classes. The course consists of six two-hour sessions with a maximum of 12 couples. These classes are a great way to meet other parentsto-be at a similar stage of pregnancy. Refresher childbirth classes and doula services are also available. Tel: (345) 949 6024. Baby Whisperers Childbirth Education Workshops, run by nurse Kelly Johnson, are one-day group childbirth classes that help parents-to-be prepare for the challenges of labour and life with a newborn. Classes cover labour, massage techniques, coping skills, labour support for the birth partner, epidurals, caesarean sections, breastfeeding and newborn care. One day workshops cost CI$300; private classes and doula services can also be arranged. Call (345) 324 1380 for more information. CTMH Doctors Hospital offers free Antenatal Classes, including a tour of the maternity ward for those planning to give birth in their hospital. Tel: (345) 949 6066.

Post-Partum Care & Lactation Consultants

With many new mums in Cayman living far away from family and in different time zones, the post-partum care offered in Cayman can really come in handy. Nurturing Birth Experiences offer lactation services to help mothers get off on the right foot with breastfeeding. They offer in-home visits and work with mothers to address practical issues and help set realistic expectations for your baby and yourself.

They will leave you with strategies to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. Tel: (345) 949 6024. Baby Whisperers provides a caring in-home service with postpartum care and board-certified lactation support. They can also assist with newborn care, feeding, emotional and physical recovery, soothing and coping skills. Tel: (345) 324 1380. The Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group is a volunteer group which meets once a month to offer free support and education in breastfeeding to expecting and existing mothers. The volunteers visit new mothers in hospital and at home to offer free breastfeeding advice and support. They will rent hospital-grade Medela pumps in emergency situations and provide reasonably-priced breast pumps for mothers returning to work. Visit www.facebook.com/CIBreastfeeding or email: cibreastfeeding@gmail.com for details. The midwives at the Women's Health Centre offer free post-natal care and home visits for all patients. They can provide general and breastfeeding support after the birth of your child. The Health Services Authority offers services to all new mums through five health centres on-Island: • Bodden Town Health Centre Nursing services are available Monday and Thursday 8.30am-8pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 8.30am12pm. Tel: (345) 947 2299. • East End Health Centre Nursing services are available Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 8.30am-12pm. Tel: (345) 947 7440. • West Bay Health Centre Nursing services are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8.30am-4pm; Wednesdays 8.30am-8pm and Saturdays 8.30am-12pm. Tel: (345) 949 3439. • North Side Clinic Services are available Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm; Saturday 8.30am-12pm. Tel: (345) 947 9525. • Nursing Clinic at George Town Health Centre Services are available Monday to Friday 7.30am-8pm; Saturday 8.30am-4pm. Tel: (345) 949 8600.

Other Family Resources

The Family Resource Centre (FRC) at the Department of Counselling Services offers a range of free individual and group parenting services. For more information call (345) 949 0006 or email: frc@gov.ky.



Stocking the Nursery Decorating a nursery for your new baby is one of the most enjoyable pre-baby tasks. It’s an exciting way to daydream about what the future might look like once your baby arrives. You can pick up most things you need in Cayman’s baby and furniture stores. There's also a booming second hand market – via friends passing things on, thrift stores or forums like Ecaytrade.com and Hope of Cayman Buy & Sell on Facebook. Things on these sites can go quickly though, so you’ll need to move fast to snap up a bargain! Moses Basket, Crib (Cot) & Mattress

Newborn Baby Clothing

All cribs sold in the US and UK meet established US and EU safety standards, so you can trust that all cribs from these places are safe. Mattresses should be firm, flat and covered in waterproof material (or a waterproof cover). There should be no more than two fingers-width of gap between the mattress and the edge of the crib. You will also probably need a bassinet or portable Moses basket for the first 3-6 months. For safety reasons, mattresses should always be bought new.

Stock up on plenty of bodysuits and sleepsuits before your baby arrives. Five to seven cotton onesies, socks and scratch mittens are also essential. So are a couple of hats to help newborns retain body heat, and a few sun hats. You will also need some lightweight sleepsacks or cellular blankets for bedtime. As well as buying newborn basics, it’s a good idea to buy some 0-3 months sizes too.

Available at Tomlinson Furniture, Bedside Manor, The Baby Shoppe, Baby Express.

Available at Atlantic Kids, Tomlinson Furniture, Valu-Med Pharmacy, Baby Express, The Baby Shoppe, Bedside Manor.

Changing Table

Armchair or Ottoman

A changing table is invaluable. Not only does it give you an easily-sanitised, standing height area to change your baby, but it also provides essential storage space for nappies, wipes and other baby necessities. A well-padded and wipe-clean or washable surface is key. Tables with straps are recommended.

Whilst a chair specifically designed for breastfeeding is a niceto-have rather than a need-to-have, it is definitely advisable to have a comfy armchair of some sort in your baby’s room for those sleepy night-time feeds. Perfect for storytime snuggles too!

Available at Tomlinson Furniture, The Baby Shoppe.


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Available at Tomlinson Furniture, The Baby Shoppe. Ashley Furniture.

Baby Monitor

An essential piece of equipment for any new parent. A baby monitor allows you to keep an ear out (or an eye on) your little one when you’re not in the room. Video monitors aren't essential, but can provide welcome reassurance in the early months.

Available at Valu-Med Pharmacy, The Baby Shoppe.

Car Seat

One of the most important purchases you’ll make. It’s really important that the car seat is installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Children should be rear-facing until 24 months, and it is best to buy new car seats rather than second hand. Make sure the car seat is fitted – and you know how to get it in and out of the car – several weeks before your due date, just in case!

Photo by Daria Keenan Photography

Available at The Baby Shoppe, Baby Express.

Shipping to the

Cayman Islands Occasionally you might need to get some items shipped to Cayman. Although shipping costs can seem reasonable, it is the duty rate that usually pushes the cost up; the vast majority of baby items are charged 22% duty on arrival in Cayman. Small cargo shipping services are often the best option. The shipper will give you an address in Miami to have your items delivered to. They will then be shipped to Cayman on their weekly sailing. If you are ordering a number of items, they will hold them in Miami for up to 30 days so you can ship everything together. On arrival in Cayman, the shipper will clear the shipment through Customs for you and let you know when you can collect it. They can even deliver it to your home for an additional charge. For details on reputable shipping companies and small cargo shipping services see page 188.

Cribs • Crib Mattresses • Crib Sheets Changing Tables • Dressers Toddler Beds • Gliders • And so much more



Q&A Dr Joseph Davis

Dr Zbigniew Zwierzchowski

What made you decide to bring your expertise to the Cayman Islands? Since my work with the WHO, I have been an advocate for improving access to high quality care and I wanted to bring American quality fertility care to the Caribbean. Cayman is a country that prides itself on quality health care and yet patients were needing to travel overseas to build their family.

Why did you decide to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynecology? I always enjoyed witnessing the beginning of life, it is so optimistic.

Is the technology available at the Cayman Fertility Centre comparable to clinics in the USA? Yes, and then some. We built the Cayman Fertility Centre with the latest IVF technology, making it a lab to be envied by most US clinics. I have worked in a few clinics in the US and can say this is the most modern purpose-built clinic I’ve seen. We can perform all levels of IVF care, including genetic testing of embryos to identify the best ways to help women get pregnant. What advice would you give those struggling to conceive? Get good information early. One in eight couples have infertility issues and many of them are treatable. I have listened to many patients over the years say they were told not to get testing because “it will happen eventually”. My main goal is to give you the information you need to make the best decisions. Do you recommend patients receive ‘natural’ treatments when undergoing fertility treatments? Yes, I believe in incorporating alternative therapies into fertility treatments. Acupuncture has been used for over 5,000 years so it’s certainly not a trend or fad. It has been shown to reduce stress and this alone can help you get pregnant. How much do you feel diet, wellness and alcohol can have an impact on fertility treatment success? They all have a major impact. If the body is an orchestra, fertility is the symphony. If you give the best musicians broken instruments they may be able to make sound, but it’s not a beautiful result. This can be said about your body. Processed foods filled with unnatural chemicals can impact how your body functions.

Dr Joseph is a Reproductive Endocrinologist with eight years’ experience in the fertility field.


Approximately how many babies have you delivered? I stopped counting in 1995 when I reached 1,000! What has been the hardest moment of your career? Attending twins being delivered at 21 weeks. What is your top tip for a first-time mum preparing for labour? Relax, practice and co-operate. Relax - you have intrinsic knowledge and ability to deliver your baby. Practice - please attend prenatal classes to know what to expect and learn how to push. Co-operation is key to success. If you hold your breath and push when the time is coming, and relax and exhale when needed, you won’t have many problems. Do you recommend mums-to-be have a birth plan? Yes, a birth plan is a great communication tool between doctor and parents. You will know what to expect and we will know your preferences. What exercise regiment do you recommend for an expectant mother throughout her pregnancy? Avoid extreme sports such as free diving or scuba diving. Observe your body and if you feel any discomfort after an activity don't do it again. If you feel great, it is probably safe for you. Remember to drink lots of fluids as your blood supplies all the nutrients and oxygen to your baby. What kind of diet should a patient follow? Eat what you like and when you are hungry. Avoid raw meat, deli meats, soft cheese, deep sea fish, smoked seafood and raw shellfish, raw eggs and unpasteurised milk. If you are nauseated, try natural remedies such as fresh ginger and peppermint. Remember to take folic acid and your prenatal vitamins.

Dr Ziggy is an OB/GYN at CTMH. He studied at the University Hospital of Lublin and at Pulawy Hospital.

Advice for conception and beyond

Ems Melland

Harmony Scott

Which pregnancy guides would you recommend? A friend leant me a book during my first pregnancy called 'The Good Birth Companion' by Nicole Croft which I found very helpful. It explained all the different stages of labour and the different scenarios that can happen during a birth, whether it be natural, with pain relief or a planned or emergency C-section. It helped me prepare mentally for birth and got me in 'the zone'.

Why did you decide to specialise in massage therapy and particularly baby massage? I have always loved receiving massages and just wanted to have the ability to offer others that same, blissful experience. I took both of my babies to classes when they were a few months old and we absolutely loved it! I wanted to become an instructor so that I could help other mums and caregivers to have that experience as well.

Any weird and wonderful food cravings? I went through a phase of wanting smoked salmon quite a lot! Near the end of my pregnancy, I craved chocolate and coke, but I think that was more due to depleting energy levels as my pregnancy went on, particularly with an active toddler to chase after!

Who has been your main inspiration throughout your life? My mum. Throughout our childhood and right up to now she has shown graciousness, humility and endless compassion. She is a very gentle soul and her generosity knows no limits!

What was your favourite way to relax whilst pregnant? Relax?! 'Relaxing' in this pregnancy was very different to my first, because this time I already had a child! With both pregnancies, being in the water was my happy place. Swimming was the only activity where I didn’t feel pregnant and I could happily swim a mile without feeling tired. Any useful items that aren’t on the standard list that you would recommend new mums take to hospital for their labour and the birth? Snacks! Sometimes the hospital food can arrive at odd times. When you’ve gone through labour and the adrenaline rush afterwards and have a newborn who wants to constantly feed, you will be hungry! Apart from snacks, something warm and maybe your own pillow. What was your biggest worry whilst pregnant? Our biggest fear this time round was pre-term labour. My daughter, Elsie, was born premature and had to spend two weeks in the NICU. It all happened so suddenly and quickly. We didn’t even have a hospital bag packed or anything ready for a baby at home. This time round, things were different. My hospital bag was packed from 32 weeks and the crib was built and we were organised!

Ems is a music teacher at CPHS and is mum to 21-mth old Elsie and one-mth old Reuben.

What do you enjoy most about your job? I love watching parents bond with their little ones. It’s great to see mums or dads smiling, singing and cooing away to their babies, and their babies responding with smiles and wriggles. How long did you study to gain your qualification? My Massage Therapy course (Swedish and Deep Tissue) was one year long, and I have since taken several additional courses (e.g. Hot Stone Massage, Thai Foot Massage) over the past few years. The baby massage course was conducted over the space of three months and involved several workshops, case studies and practical and written assessments. What are the main benefits of baby massage for both babies and their parents? Baby massage is so beneficial: it can help with colic or crying spells; digestion; pain and discomfort; teething; restlessness and poor sleep. Baby massage has also been proven to boost the immune and circulatory systems, and help with weight gain in premature babies. Overall, baby massage is about providing a quality, pleasure-filled time between parents and their little ones. The parent gains a better understanding of their infant through their responsive cues and the infant experiences, through touch, a powerful message of care, attention and security.

Harmony is a Speech and Language Therapist and Massage Therapist at Chatterbox.



The Costs of Having a Baby


Like many things in Cayman, having a baby isn’t cheap and with little public healthcare, you’ll want to be on the best insurance plan you can afford, this time with a baby in mind too. Understanding costs, insurance and their relationship to each other is crucial to an affordable experience without surprises. Some Insurance Issues to Consider

Prenatal Health Insurance Most policies have limits on prenatal care, e.g. only CI$500 on the basic Standard Health Insurance Contract (SHIC) plan, which might only cover the first visit and ultrasound. If you are covered by a company health insurance plan (or covered under your partner’s company plan), it is important to read the policy thoroughly and understand what benefits are and aren’t included. Policy provisions can be different, even in two policies from the same insurance company. Even with premium plans, new parents can still expect to incur out-of-pocket costs that can be significant. It is vital to have your doctor’s office explain what will happen, how much that will cost and what proportion of it will be covered by insurance. It is prudent to get this in writing from both provider and insurer, to ensure you understand. NOTE: Caymanian women may have assistance available via Public Health and/or via the Department of Children and Family Services if they are in need of services in excess of their health plan coverage. Pregnancy as a Pre-existing Condition If you are pregnant upon arriving in Cayman, or sign up to a health insurance plan whilst already pregnant (even if you don't know), your pregnancy will be considered a ‘preexisting condition’. As such, you may not be covered by your new insurance policy, except up to the minimal benefit limits mandated by law. Some insurance plans require a 10 month waiting period before they will cover your pregnancy with full benefits. It's therefore important to discuss costs with your doctor's office before you begin your prenatal care. Adding a Newborn to Your Health Insurance It is your responsibility to ensure that your baby is enrolled on one or both parent’s insurance schemes from the moment of birth. Talk to your employer/insurance company in advance of your due date and familiarise yourself with the process you will need to go through after your baby is born to ensure coverage is effective from birth. Although babies are automatically covered under their mother’s labour and delivery plan for the first 30 days of life, this does not count as enrolment onto an 178

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insurance scheme and the amount of coverage can be minimal. It is advisable to compare the benefits and costs of both the father’s and mother’s plans to decide which plan to enrol your newborn onto. Parents do not have to be married for either the father or mother to add their child to their health plan. A Mother on Her Mother’s Insurance If a mother is on her own mother’s insurance policy, e.g. if she is still a student, the baby will not have any coverage from birth. In this situation, you must have cover arranged in advance of your baby’s birth to prevent you being out-of-pocket. Neonatal Care Premature or sick newborns can be some of the largest claims insurance companies face, so read the policy, (not just the benefit summary) very closely to understand the potential limits against complications, or for babies born with congenital problems. If your baby is in the neonatal unit, look at both parents' policies carefully to ensure that you get the best, most affordable coverage for your newborn baby. It is also possible, if your baby is preterm, to enrol on both policies. An infant born very prematurely can have a protracted stay in the neonatal unit (10+ weeks under specialist care) and may even need care in the US. So if you are thinking about having a baby or if you are already pregnant, it may well be worth looking into whether upgrading your insurance plan would provide enhanced coverage for a preterm birth or any other complications, just in case. Co-insurance Most insurance policies require you to pay a proportion of the costs (generally called co-pay), even for care at Cayman’s standard rates. Co-pay is usually taken by the provider when the first bills and insurance claims are submitted. Labour and delivery charges have a capped co-insurance (otherwise known as Out-of-Pocket or OOP) sum of CI$1,000 each, but if the doctor(s) charge above the Standard Health Insurance Fees (SHIF), there may be an additional amount to pay. Ask your insurance company what your co-insurance will be and always ensure your provider breaks down costs into standard charges, additional charges and what the co-insurance or copay part of that is.

will add surcharges above SHIF allowances to account for this. Additional charges can also be incurred for an anaesthetist, e.g. for an epidural or c-section, and for additional services such as a circumcision. Since each doctor can set their own fees, you should ask your doctor exactly what they charge and how much of this is covered by insurance. See page 187 for a list of obstetricians in the Cayman Islands.

Birth Options & Their Cost Implications

Hospital Costs In the Cayman Islands, all babies are scheduled to be born in a hospital. Home and water births are not options that are currently offered on-Island. Charges for the facilities and hospital stay are generally charged separately to those of the midwifery or medical professionals supporting your birth. Births are permitted in the Cayman Islands Hospital and CTMH Doctor’s Hospital. The service charges are different for each and vary depending on what’s provided. When you discuss birth options with your obstetrician, they should also be able to explain exactly what each facility will charge you. Doula Services Private doula services are readily available and may be hired to assist with the birthing processes. See page 173 for more information.

Midwife Birth If you have your pregnancy and delivery under the care of the Cayman Islands Health Service Authority (HSA), you will likely have your baby delivered by an experienced midwife at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Hospital obstetricians oversee the midwives and are called in as necessary during prenatal care or delivery. HSA pre-natal costs are lower than most private offices, so those with fewer pre-natal benefits on their health plan may choose to start with, or transfer care over to, the HSA. Turn to page 180 for more information on midwife births. Obstetrician Birth If you have your pregnancy and delivery under the care of a private obstetrician (OB), they will provide both the antenatal care at their clinic and the delivery at a hospital. Most parents-to-be, especially those with higher-coverage insurance plans, will opt to have a private obstetrician throughout their pregnancy, labour and delivery of their baby. It’s important to ask your doctor whether they will be on-Island for your due date and who they ask to handle their caseload if they are going off-Island. Insurance companies in Cayman are only mandated by law to pay up to the SHIF within your policy cover, but private doctors do not have to charge within those SHIF levels. Malpractice insurance for obstetricians worldwide has increased significantly over the years, without concurrent increases in the SHIF birth fees, and so most OBs

Overseas Births High risk pregnancies may be referred overseas for care, which would be covered up to the allowed limits of your health plan benefits, as long as your insurance has approved the transfer of care. For elective births overseas, i.e. you made the choice, you must check with your insurer’s health claims office to verify if, and which, of your health plan benefits are eligible for births either in the USA or another country, such as your home country if you are an expat. Paediatric Services In Cayman it is mandatory to have a paediatrician present at all caesarean sections and optional for normal vaginal births. Some parents like the reassurance and safety of having a paediatrician present anyway, and others are content to have them attend shortly after birth. It is best to meet with potential paediatricians well ahead of your due date to discuss options and preferences. Most good paediatricians do not charge for an antenatal meeting. Charges vary depending on whether you: opt for a paediatrician at birth, if they are called to the delivery (because of concerns), how many nights you stay in hospital, and whether a doctor has to disrupt their existing clinic or needs to wait a prolonged period before your baby is born. In general, the maximum likely out-of-pocket expenses (over and above insurance coverage) are CI$500 to CI$750 for the paediatric component of care. See pages 135-136 for a list of paediatricians in the Cayman Islands.

Maternity Provision When considering the costs of having a baby on-Island, make sure to factor in your maternity provision. You are entitled to a minimum leave of 14 weeks, provided you have worked for the company for 12 months or more (if you have not completed that time, any maternity leave is pro-rated). Currently an employer is legally required to offer 20 working days leave on full pay, 20 working days leave on half pay and 30 working days on no pay. For practical purposes, this is treated by many businesses as the equivalent of 6 weeks at full pay, and 8 weeks at no pay. At present there is no provision in the law for paternity leave. However, some companies will allow a new father anything from a few days off to two weeks off.



OB/GYNS, Midwives & Hospitals in

Grand Cayman

Pregnancy can be a daunting experience for parents-to-be, but the Cayman Islands is lucky to have some excellent doctors, nurses and midwives who will help ensure your experience is a wonderful one. You have two main options when considering your prenatal care and delivery. You can either choose to have your care and delivery through a private OB/GYN and deliver at the Cayman Islands Hospital or at CTMH Doctors Hospital, or you can go through the Health Services Authority (HSA), where your delivery at the Cayman Islands Hospital will be handled by the hospital's midwives, supported by the resident OB/ GYNs.

Private OB/GYNs

The private obstetricians (OBs) are all qualified to deliver routine obstetric care and some have additional skills in obstetrics and/ or gynaecology. The care they provide is consistent with any developed country and the clinics are generally well-equipped, e.g. with modern ultrasound equipment. To choose an OB, it is best to research them online and/or ask your GP, and then visit your shortlisted candidates to find the one best suited to you. Most OBs do not charge for ‘getting to know them’ visits, but it is worth checking when making appointments. See page for a list of OB/GYNs. You should look into appointing your OB as soon as you think you may be pregnant or even when you are thinking of trying, if your medical history may affect your pregnancy. You can expect to have your first scan at around six weeks. Your chosen OB will guide you through your entire pregnancy and deliver your baby, supported by the resident midwives at your birth centre.

Midwife Births

An alternative to a private OB is to opt for a midwife delivery through the Woman's Health Clinic at the Health Services Authority. You will then receive your care through a large team of midwives, who manage the prenatal care and deliver the baby, supported by a team of resident OBs who are on call 24 hours a day should there be any problems. The midwives are highly qualified and trained to deliver babies. Choosing midwife care is a lower cost option for having a baby in the Cayman Islands, still with world-class care. It’s suited to parents who are happy with, or prefer, a team approach, as opposed to having care led by the same physician throughout.


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Prenatal Care

After your first appointment, OBs and midwives will typically see you every four weeks up until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until delivery, consistent with standard care in most developed countries. If issues emerge during your pregnancy, you will likely be seen more frequently. In some special circumstances you may have to go overseas before or after delivery for treatment, although thankfully such cases are rare. Early on in your pregnancy, you will be required to undertake some initial blood tests to rule out any infections or concerns. These usually include: full blood count, Hepatitis B screening, Rubella IgG screening, VDRL (tests for syphilis), HIV, ABO/Rh status. From ten weeks, you can also opt to have the NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test – a simple blood test) to screen for certain chromosomal and genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome. Your doctor or midwife will discuss this with you to help you make an informed choice, as well as seeking approval from your insurance company before conducting the test. Most insurance companies cover a portion of the testing fee if you are 35 years or older or if you have a medical condition warranting the test. Otherwise, you will be responsible for its cost if you choose to have it. Between 18-23 weeks of pregnancy you will have a detailed anatomy scan of the baby to screen for congenital structural abnormalities. Between 24-28 weeks you will be given the Glucose Tolerance Test to screen for Gestational Diabetes, which is very common in Cayman. It involves fasting before the blood test in the morning, then having a glucose drink, followed by another blood test an hour later. If your results show any cause for concern, you will be required to start controlling your sugar intake and may need further medical treatment, also administered in Cayman. In general, pregnant women should limit sugar intake during pregnancy. See page 141 for a list of dieticians who can help you throughout your pregnancy.

Birth Plans & Paediatricians

As your pregnancy develops, you’ll want to discuss your birth plan with your OB or midwife, including your thoughts on pain relief during labour, to ensure your wishes are known.

You will also want to choose the paediatrician who you’d like to care for your newborn. Cayman has both general paediatricians and some that are also qualified specialists in preterm or newborn emergencies and complications. Again, it is worth researching them, asking other parents or GPs, and visiting your shortlist. Given that infants can survive from 2324 weeks gestation, some parents-to-be prefer to do this quite early in pregnancy. You may choose a private paediatrician or opt for the HSA paediatric team. Turn to page 135-136 for a full list of Cayman's paediatricians.

Birth Classes & Doulas

It’s recommended that you prepare for childbirth by enrolling in some pre-natal classes. You may also wish to employ a doula. Turn to page 187 to learn more about the available options.


In the Cayman Islands, all babies are born in hospitals. Home and water births are not currently offered. There are two maternity wards in Grand Cayman and one in Cayman Brac.

The Cayman Islands Hospital offers three single delivery suites, eight maternity rooms (three single and five double rooms) and is home to the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the Island. The standard of care is excellent.

your partner or caregiver has both hands free to help you if necessary. They can retrieve it once you are settled.

Post Delivery Care

Once you have given birth, you will receive continuing care from the midwives and nurses at the hospital. At HSA you will receive help with breastfeeding and caring for your baby in the 48 hours after delivery. The nurses will teach you how to gently bath your tiny newborn and how to put your baby in the car seat ready for discharge. The midwives from Women’s Health are also happy to make a home visit once you have delivered your baby, to help with any concerns or issues that you might be having. If you give birth at CTMH Doctors Hospital, you will receive a follow-up consultation to check on you and your baby's progress.

Length of Hospital Stay

How long you stay in the hospital is a decision both you and your doctor will make. Some women feel more comfortable with a longer stay, while others prefer to go home earlier. Most insurance companies cover two nights after a natural delivery, and three nights after a caesarean section (the period in labour is not calculated in this). Hospital stays are quite expensive, so check your insurance and plan accordingly. Mum will be discharged by her OB/GYN, while the baby is discharged by your paediatrician.

CTMH Doctors Hospital re-opened their newly renovated maternity ward in 2017 and it now offers the only two private delivery suites on-Island. The suites have been designed for your comfort and your birth partner is welcome to stay the night. Most high-risk pregnancies can be managed on-Island and the NICU provides excellent care for premature babies from around 28 weeks, or even earlier if needed. Sometimes it may be necessary to transfer the mum-to-be or the newborn overseas, usually the USA, for complex care. If the baby has been born, it will require an emergency passport to travel, and your own documents will need to be in order too. See page 183 to learn more about newborn complications and page 148 on how to obtain a passport for your child. Discuss with your OB which hospitals they can practice in. It’s worth touring your chosen hospital beforehand to familiarise yourself with the space, staff and amenities.


As most baby books will tell you, you don’t need to head straight to the hospital once you feel your first contraction. It is, however, advisable to discuss in advance with your OB or midwife when to contact them and how. Once you have made contact, be sure to follow their advice carefully. When arriving at the hospital, head straight to the Maternity Ward. Don’t forget to bring your ID and insurance card if you have one. Leave your hospital bag in the car, so that www.caymanparent.com


Hospital Bag Essentials Your home is all ready for your new arrival. The nursery is ready, you’ve cleaned the house from top to bottom (nesting is so much fun!), and toured the hospital. But before you can relax, don't forget to pack your hospital bag! We have compiled a list of items that can take the stress out of the lead up to the big event itself and the hours and days after it. If you are having a planned caesarean section you may need more clothing as you could be in hospital for up to five days. You're not provided with nappies, formula, towels or toiletries at Cayman hospitals, so to avoid an emergency trip to the shops, make sure you are prepared.

The Newborn

• Four baby onesies • Four sleepsuits • Six receiving blankets or muslin wraps • Two baby hats • Two sets of baby socks and mittens • Warm blanket • Going home outfit • Two towels



• Two wash cloths • Two dozen newborn nappies • Baby wipes • Formula, if you don’t plan on breastfeeding • Infant car seat for day of discharge

The Mother

• Your birth plan • Four sets of sleepwear (front opening for breastfeeding) • One pair of flip-flops • Four to six pairs of underwear • Three nursing bras and breast pads • Loose and comfortable going home clothes • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, flannel/washer, moisturiser, soap, deodorant, hair ties, lip balm, hair brush, shampoo, conditioner, any makeup) • Glasses/contact lenses • Two towels • Two dozen maternity sanitary pads • Pillow (optional) • Camera, memory card, charger • Mobile phone and charger • Snack bag (for mum and dad!)

Packing Tips Pack your hospital bag at least four weeks before your due date in case your baby decides to arrive early. Don’t pack your best towels, underwear or sleepwear as they may get ruined. Choose darkcoloured items where possible. Pack a separate suitcase for you and your baby so you can find what you’re looking for easily.


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Labour is hard work, so pack some healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up. Good options include dried fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit. Dark chocolate is great for a quick burst of energy. Load up your iPad/tablet with plenty of entertainment in case you are in labour for a long time, and possibly confined to the hospital bed.

Newborn Complications Cayman is a wonderful place to have a baby. However, like anywhere, complications do occur and it’s important to consider them from a Cayman perspective. Grand Cayman is over an hour's flying time from any major children's hospitals. Fortunately, however, there are good facilities on-Island and George Town Hospital has an excellent neonatal unit for preterm and newborn complications. –Dr Sara Watkin, Neonatal and Paediatric Specialist Safety First

Maximising safety is about making sensible choices with our Island in mind. Birth complications can occur with no warning in an otherwise healthy pregnancy. I attended a normal delivery with an experienced obstetrician when the baby developed serious birth complications requiring resuscitation and advanced techniques to avoid brain injury. Luckily, I was already there for this severe, unexpected event with no warning. It reminds us that birth location is important and that positive outcomes can sometimes depend on swift specialist support. Timing and mode of delivery can matter. Although a caesarean section may be safer in certain specific circumstances, e.g. when the baby has not turned, generally a normal vaginal delivery is best for the baby, leading to fewer complications. Babies born by elective caesarean section are more likely to have breathing problems, sometimes leading to urgent neonatal unit admission. Chances of complications rise the earlier delivery is. Even at 38 weeks, there are significantly more complications than at 40 weeks, rising further if labour has not already started (in caesareans for no medical reason, for example). Good obstetricians recognise nature’s good design, unless there are strong medical reasons otherwise. Sense of Perspective When reading an article on complications, it's natural to find yourself worrying. Cayman births are generally wonderful experiences, leading to happy, healthy lives and many things discussed here are not unique to Cayman. If you have any concerns about your newborn, ask a newborn paediatrician at any point.

The three main birth complications:

1. Asphyxia Around Birth The most serious birth complication is that of asphyxia (lack of oxygen), which can occur if there are problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord getting kinked

or wrapped around the baby’s neck. Asphyxia is life-threatening and those surviving often have severe brain damage. While fortunately it is rare, it tends to happen unexpectedly. Time is critical. The right support, immediately, and specialist techniques like brain cooling (therapeutic hypothermia), ideally started in minutes, are crucial. Birth location can make a difference when minutes count. 2. Immaturity The last few weeks of gestation are very busy inside the baby. Lungs and vascular systems mature greatly, ready for life independent of mum. Premature birth interrupts this, often leading to breathing and oxygenation difficulties. These infants are more susceptible to infection and experience feeding difficulties just when they need good nutrition for growth. Babies can survive from about 23 weeks gestation. We are fortunate to have excellent neonatal nursing in George Town Hospital, and I have spent my career looking after the sickest, tiniest infants, including here. However, the rarity and complexity of these babies pushes the limits of our small Island, so we tend to care for babies of 27 weeks or greater gestation. These infants still require lots of specialist support, fairly long stays in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), sometimes periods of ventilation and close monitoring. Our outcomes, I am proud to say, really are world-class. 3. Other Problems Babies sometimes have problems occur during pregnancy or as a result of genetic issues. Nowadays, increasingly, obstetricians can identify these problems ahead of delivery, allowing them and your paediatrician to forewarn you and plan ahead of delivery. Sometimes these babies need to be delivered by caesarean section and transferred to NICU. Each individual condition tends to be rare and sometimes difficult to spot before or at birth. This reinforces the importance of baby checks and a schedule of well-child checks to help pick things up.

Dr. Sara Watkin MB ChB, MRCP (paeds), FRCPCH, MD is a tertiary neonatal and paediatric specialist, with 25 years’ service as a consultant, including as Chief of Service at University College London Hospital, a world-class tertiary centre for babies from 23 week’s gestation onwards and with complex paediatric and neonatal challenges. She is highly qualified and experienced in supporting children from their earliest preterm and term days right through to early adulthood.



The Importance of Well-Child Developmental follow-up and well-child checks are a vital component of ensuring a healthy, happy childhood leading to a healthy, happy life in which children reach their full potential. They serve three main purposes: 1. To ensure children are growing and developing as expected 2. To pick up problems that need intervention or support 3. To provide guidance and health information on what to be mindful of at each stage of life Well-child visits, along with vaccinations and other preventive care, form an important part of an effective programme of healthcare to ensure that children develop and thrive. What’s more, when well-child checks are missed, children end up with a significantly higher rate of being hospitalised unnecessarily and that rate goes up the more checks are missed. They are extremely important.

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to discuss any concerns, including nutrition, sleeping issues and social problems. They also allow paediatricians to provide advice on what to look for in the next phase of development. If a paediatrician only sees a child when unwell, there usually isn’t time to properly discuss development. Furthermore, the presence of sickness (e.g. flu) means this isn’t the best time to assess the longer-term aspects of wellness and development. Separate checks work best.


An important benefit of a well-child visit is developmental monitoring. Paediatricians use their interactions with children to spot problems with playing, speaking or interacting. These signs may allude to autism, hyperactivity disorders or a learning disability, where early support is vital. It can also make the difference between mainstream school versus needing special educational support, which is scarce in Cayman.


Cayman has no set schedule of well-child checks but most paediatricians across the Island will see your child at: 2 to 5 days old, 1 week, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months and annually thereafter to age 21. Each developmental check is different. For instance, the 18-month check contains the first screening for autism, using a distinct behavioural check list coupled to family information and experiences. Prior to this, it is quite difficult to pick up. However, when identified at this early stage, really valuable behavioural and relationship interventions lead to improved IQ, language ability and social interaction, all things with lifelong benefits. By four years of age, language and motor skills are developing rapidly and certain types of play become much more important for social development. Children are becoming more independent. Picking up developmental issues here means children can receive support, such as speech and language therapy, the availability of which in Cayman surpasses that of the UK. No two timepoints are the same and so it isn’t surprising that children tend to have more problems downstream, the more development and well-child checks are missed.

Arranging an Appointment

All good paediatricians conduct well-child checks. Some have skills in more advanced developmental follow-up e.g. from caring for pre-term infants. Using the same paediatrician over time helps too. Contact your paediatrician and tell them you’d like an appointment for a well-child check.


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10 Pregnancy Hacks


1. Ease morning sickness If you feel especially unwell first thing in the morning, start the day with a sip or two of water and wait a little before eating anything.

6. Cool it, baby Stick a clean bra in the fridge for emergencies. If you’re feeling particularly hot, put it on for an instant cool-down.

2. Bubble bath Try soaking swollen feet in tonic water (the cheapest you can find!). The quinine helps relieve the swelling and the bubbles feel relaxing.

7. Floatopia Buy a big inner tube and float around the pool with your belly in the hole. Not only does this relieve pressure and help with relaxation, it also helps get baby in the right position.

2.Have a Bubble Bath

3. Stretch it out If you can’t close your shorts but don’t yet need maternity wear, use a hair band looped between the button and the button hole to extend the waistline.

8. Be prepared Pack a small emergency bag with a change of knickers, a sick bag, toothbrush, travel toothpaste, a mini pack of tissues, gum, snacks and sanitary towels.

4. Instant belly bands If your belly is peeking out or your skirts won’t do up, make your own belly band out of a strapless top, folded or cut in half, to lengthen your shirts.

9. Make like a turtle If you want to make the most of lying on the beach before your little one arrives, dig yourself a hole in the sand for your belly!

5. Active down-time Bouncing gently on a birth ball rather than slumping back on your sofa is great for optimal baby positioning. Make it fun by watching TV while sitting or leaning over the ball.

10. No more stretchmarks Save money on expensive stretchmark oils and lotions, and use coconut oil instead (available from supermarkets). Massage on twice a day. And drink lots of water!

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Listings OB/GYNs, Hospitals, Pre- and Postnatal Care and Fitness For Pregnancy

Obstetricians/Gynaecologists (OB/GYNs)

Maternity Hospitals

Dr. Venkamma Bonigi MBBS DGO Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac. Tel: (345) 948 2243.

Cayman Islands Hospital (CIH) 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Maternity Unit Tel: (345) 244 2842/2841 Web: www.hsa.ky The Maternity Unit offers five double and three single rooms plus three labour/delivery rooms. The hospital caters to both low and high-risk mothers and babies.

Dr. Edward Caudeiron MD 33 Pasadora Place, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 949 9090. Dr. Gilbertha Alexander MBBS DM MRCOG Dr. Elaine Ebanks MBBS DM Dr. Gillian Evans-Belfonte MBBS MRCOG Dr. Rhonda Reeves DM Dr. Davina McCoy MD Dr. Karina palmer-Forde BSC MD Dr, Peter Sipos MD PhD (Med) MSC MRCOG CCT Cayman Islands Hospital, 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8600. Dr. Sarath De Alwis FRCS FRCOG MRCP FFSRH (UK), MRCS LRCP (UK) MMACS CTMH Doctors Hospital, 16 Middle Rd, Off Walkers Rd, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 6066.

CTMH Doctors Hospital 16 Middle Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6066 Web: www.doctorshospitalcayman.com The only private maternity suites with bathroom and pull out beds for the birthing partner.

Doulas, Childbirth Classes, Post-partum Care & Lactation Consultants Baby Whisperers Tel: (345) 324 1380 Email: caymanbabywhisperers@gmail.com Web: www. babywhisperers.ky Doula services, childbirth classes, lactation and post-partum advice.

Dr. Howard Deosaran BSc MD DM FACOG LLB (Hons) Trincay Medical Centre & Urgent Care, 55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 4633 Email: trincayms@candw.ky Web: www. trincay.ky.

Nurturing Birth Experiences 19 Middle Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6024 Email: info@rvcrehab.ky Web: www. rvcrehab.ky Lamaze classes, doula services and lactation consulting.

Dr. Rommel El-Madany MB BCH FRCS (GYN) (Edin), HDGO (Dublin) DM, MD RCSI/IPA (Dublin), Diploma of Advanced Obstetrics Ultrasound RCOG/RCR (London) 9 Smith Road Plaza, Smith Road. Tel: (345) 946 2496 Email: islandobgyn@icloud.com.

The Cayman Islands Hospital – Women’s Health Centre 95 Hospital Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 244 2649 Offers a free eight week education series on childbirth and baby care. Postnatal care and breastfeeding support is also offered.

Dr. Rachelle Shirley OB/GYN CTMH Doctors Hospital, 16 Middle Rd, Off Walkers Rd, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 6066.

The Children’s Clinic & Family Practice Windward Centre, 93 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2970 Email: jenny@thechildrensclinic.ky Web: www. thechildrensclinic.ky Advice on lactation and newborn care.

Dr. David Stone BSc MD FACOG Trincay Medical Centre & Urgent Care, 55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 4633 Email: trincayms@candw.ky Web: www. trincay.ky.

Paediatricians - see page 135

Baby & Children's Shops Atlantic Kids Paddington Place, Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2296 Web: www.atlanticak. com Baby and children's clothes, shoes and toys.

Baby Express 68 Mary Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 640 2397 Clothes, equipment and toys from birth to four years. Bedside Manor Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 947 2711 Web: www.bedsidemanor.ky High-end baby products and a small range of baby clothing. Cayman Medical Supplies The Windward Centre, 93 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6211 Sells reasonably priced Medela breast pumps and spare parts. Funky Monkey Governors Square, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 943 8659 Web: www.funkymonkeycayman. com Fashionable clothing for children. Kids Karma Closet Buckingham Square, 720 West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 947 7330 Good quality second-hand clothing, equipment, toys and carriers. Little Angels Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 946 2645 High-end swim and beach wear for toddlers and children up to 14 years. Tomlinson Furniture Gallery 9 Walkers Rd, Tomlinson Building, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 5383 Web: www. tomlinsonfurniture.ky. A good range of baby and child furniture and equipment. The Baby Shoppe Alissta Towers, North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 949 2229 Baby and toddler products, car seats, strollers, clothing and toys. The Bump Boutique Cayman Business Park, Huldah Ave, George Town. Tel: (345) 526 2867 A lovely selection of high end maternity clothing. Valu-Med Pharmacy Walkers Road, George Town and Evron Plaza, Bodden Town. Tel: (345) 949 0442 Baby and toddler clothing, toys, formula and other essentials.

Gyms/Exercise Studios 345 Personal Training Tel: (345) 926 2117 Email: 345personaltraining@



gmail.com Offers weekly group pre and postnatal circuit classes. Personal training also available. Anytime Fitness Market St, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 946 4748 24 hour gym with numerous machines and classes. Balance Cayman Caribbean Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 326 8111 Web: www.balancecayman.com. Small group classes and personal training. Bliss Living Yoga Marquee Plaza. Tel: (345) 949 9642 Web: www. blissyogacayman.com Popular yoga studio with a weekly prenatal yoga class. Cayman Crossfit Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 929 8450 Web: www.crossfitcayman.com High intensity fitness classes. Energy Essential Fitness Cricket Square. Tel: (345) 946 6006 Web: www. energycayman.com A wide range of fitness classes including weekly prenatal pilates. F45 The Strand, SMB. Tel: (345) 925 1733 Web: www. f45training.com/caymanislands High intensity group training with new workouts weekly.

Fitness Connection Glen Eden Road, Off South Church Street, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 8485 Web: www.fitness. ky A family fitness and aquatic facility offering numerous fitness classes and personal training.

World Gym Snooze Lane, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 949 5132 Large gym with a good selection of machines and classes.

Life Extensions Park Place, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 3753 Web: www.lifeextensioncayman.com 24 hour boutique gym. Personal training available.

Freight Forwarders/Shipping Companies

Powerhouse Gym 861 Crewe Road, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 946 5464 Web: www.kingssportscentre.com Full gym and fitness studios. Personal training available. Revolutions Indoor Cycling Barnett Building, 24 Huldah Avenue, GT. Tel: (345) 516 2453 Web: www.revolutionscayman. com Specialises in spinning classes. Ryde Cayman The Crescent, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 746 7933 Web: www.rydecayman.com Performance cycling on stationary bikes set to music. Universal Fitness Countryside Shopping Village, Savannah. Tel: (345) 947 5464 Web: www.universalfitness.ky Full service gym and group fitness classes.

Cayman Islands Customs Agency (CICA) 39 Ashgo Street, off Godfrey Nixon Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2350 Email: cica@cicustomsagency.ky Web: www. cicustomsagency.com Twice weekly shipping service for small and large packages. Miracle Brokers 140 Kingbird Drive, Off North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 949 5989 Email: info@miraclebrokers. com Web: www.miraclebrokers.com Freight forwarding plus a small package service. Seaboard Marine Cayman Cannon Place, 2nd Floor, Industrial Park, George Town Tel: (345) 949 4977 Email: info@ seaboardcayman.com Seaboard Marine ships LCL from Miami and Jamaica. Sta-Mar Enterprises Ltd. 226 Dorcy Drive, Industrial Park, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2399 Email: jennifer@stamar. ky Web: www.sta-mar.com A shipping service from Miami, plus customs clearance and delivery.

Da Vinci Centre

For Wellness and Alternative Therapies

The Da Vinci Wellness Centre is Cayman’s most exclusive wellness and alternative therapies centre where genuine comfort and care of clients is the focus. The staff are licensed and experienced professionals dedicated to maximising individual talent to benefit each individual client. Da Vinci Centre sets a standard of service excellence throughout the industry, and their staff will work to optimise you and your family’s health needs. Schedule your booking online today.


Children's Chiropractic: Children encounter physical stresses during growth and development. Da Vinci Centre chiropractors use gentle techniques to maintain spinal mobility and proper nervous system function.

Women’s Health: This physiotherapy minimises discomfort and dysfunction during pregnancy and post partum by normalising the pelvic floor and surrounding lumbopelvic muscle activity. Acupuncture and Chinese Therapies for Infertility and Pregnancy: Acupuncture is one of the main branches of Chinese Medicine that unblocks and re-balances the flow of energy throughout the body. A proven compliment to infertility treatments. Post Partum Body Contouring with Vela Shape: New moms face a unique set of physical and emotional challenges following pregnancy and childbirth. Vela Shape helps moms get back in shape, improving cellulite and reducing circumference in a few treatments.

(345) 943 2002 | info@davinciwellnesscentre.com | davinciwellnesscentre.com | Park Place Plaza, West Bay Road


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Early Years Early literacy skills, fun free things to do and more...


Photo by Julie Corsetti, Deep Blue Images


Childcare Choices: Nanny or No Nanny?


Parks & Playgrounds


Early Literacy Skills for Pre-Schoolers


Weekly Activities for 0-5 Year Olds


Childproofing Your Home & Pool


Early Years Book Club


10 Toddler Hacks


Early Years Q&As


The Listings


30 Fun Free Things To Do




Childcare Choices:

Nanny or No Nanny? Whether you’re working or not, some form of childcare during the early years is invaluable, especially if you’re here as an expat without family nearby to lend a hand. Thankfully, support in the form of preschools, nannies or helpers is readily available in Cayman.

No Nanny

‘Child minding’ services, which are commonly available in the UK, are not on offer in the Cayman Islands. However, preschools, which take children from as young as 6 weeks, are. The following local preschools take children aged from either six weeks or three months: Bright Start, Discover Kids, FBCS WEE Care, Rite Start, Shining Stars, Sister Janice’s and Tiny Tots. They cost between CI$550 and CI$750 per month for a full-time place and will keep your children from 7.30am to 5.30pm. There are part-time or full-time options and they do not close for school holidays. We asked local mothers about this option and were told that the school’s caregivers are “loving, kind and certainly knew more about childcare than I did as a new mum". They could not recommend them highly enough! When choosing between preschools please ensure that you read up on ‘Cayman’s School Inspection Reports’ on the Cayman Resident website: all preschools have different strengths and weaknesses. In all cases make sure you reserve your child’s place at the earliest possible moment. Preschools in Cayman are over-subscribed and places are few. Once your child hits 18 months, all preschools are available to them. See ‘How to Choose a Preschool’ on page 54 for more information on how to choose a preschool, and the ‘Nurseries & Preschools’ listings on pages 95-96 for a full list of schools. If you are just looking for a short window of help each week, you could hire ad-hoc help or organise a weekly nanny via one of the agencies (AAA Caregivers or Best Home Care). They usually require a minimum slot of four hours. You can hire cleaners/ helpers through the same agencies and on the same basis.


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A Nanny

Choosing a nanny is a lot more complicated and there are numerous things to consider. For example:

What type of care do you need? Although you might think you only need part-time help, what will you do with your children during the school holidays or when they are sick? Do you need a nanny to help with homework? Or someone who will be the primary source of education, development and stimulation? A very good domestic helper will not only help keep your house clean but also engage your child in conversation, read to them and take them to activities so that they can socialise. How much can you afford to pay? As with any job, the most qualified and experienced candidates will require a higher salary. There is a big difference in salary between an early childhood-trained nanny or teacher, to a cleaner with occasional evening babysitting experience. Both a fulltime nanny and a domestic helper require health insurance; however, the law does not require you to pay the pension of a domestic helper. Remember that the minimum wage for any employee is CI$6 an hour, and extras (living-in, the use of a car) can only account for 25% of their total salary. See page 149 for more information on the logistics of hiring a nanny or helper.

Photo by Lisa Reid, Picture This


Before considering the help you need, it’s important to understand the difference between a nanny and a helper. A nanny focuses on the children – they shop for children’s food, prepare meal plans and cook their food, organise children’s activities and clean their clothes. They do not do general house cleaning. A domestic helper, on the other hand, will do laundry, housework, cooking and drive children around to their activities (they don’t organise the activities themselves).

Do you need a driver? If you require help with driving your child to and from school or after school activities, then a nanny who can drive is essential. Consider whether or not the nanny's car is suitable and safe for your children to be driven around in, or whether you will provide a car for the nanny's use. Remember to pay for their gas or give them a fair allowance towards the weekly cost of their fuel bill. Live-in or out? Some positions that require long or late hours are more suitable for a live-in person. If opting for a live-in caregiver, you will be required to provide accommodation with sufficient space. If you are considering bringing a nanny on-Island, it is important to be mindful of the cost of living in Cayman for a single person, and factor that into your salary offer. If your nanny or helper is from Jamaica, or somewhere relatively close, most families will include a yearly ticket back home as part of their contract. If your nanny or helper is from the Philippines, then a ticket back every two years is the norm. In this case, your nanny will probably request to save two years’ worth of vacation so that they can go home for longer once every two years.

Where to look. The best reference for a nanny is a positive referral from a friend or colleague. However, if you are new to the Islands, take a look on Ecay trade, Caymums on Facebook or ask agencies such as AAA Caregivers or Best Home Care. Cayman is a transient place and when families leave the Island, they will often try their best to find their nanny another position. You could also place an advert yourself on Ecay trade or reach out to the Caymums Facebook group. TOP TIP: The Early Childhood Care and Education Unit offers free training for nannies, caregivers and parents of children under five. Email ecce@gov.ky for more information. Family support. For many families with young children who have moved here from overseas, the lack of family support can make life seem difficult. Your children's nanny or family helper, if chosen carefully, will become an important person in your child's lives: your children will blossom if they are cared for by someone who truly cares for them. Be realistic. Could you care for a baby, entertain a toddler, clean a house, do the laundry, iron, cook, run errands, take the kids to school and do homework with your children? Doing all of those things to a high standard is challenging for anyone. Prioritise your requirements and understand the difference between a nanny and a helper.

Are they patient and kind with a loving and caring nature? Are they physically fit with high energy levels? Are they good at communicating and have they got good interpersonal skills? Are they trustworthy and reliable? Are they creative and do they show initiative? Are they flexible and adaptable? Can they drive? Can they swim? Do they have an up-to-date CPR certification? Can they prepare healthy meals and snacks for your children? Can they help with evening and weekend babysitting?

Choose which of these factors are the most important to you before you start the interviewing process.

AAA Caregivers


Experience and outlook. Early childhood care greatly impacts childhood development. Does the nanny have experience and qualifications? Do they speak clearly? Are they warm and engaging? Do you feel comfortable and relaxed in their company? Do they have a similar set of values to you? Does their outlook on child rearing and education match with yours? Are they willing to learn through on-Island workshops and training?

What to look for in a Nanny

Serving your household needs to give you peace of mind since 2001

AAA Caregivers is a housekeeping/childcare agency with a staff of experienced housekeepers/nannies trained in first aid/CPR, basic childcare, fire safety and food handling. They can also find a suitable nanny for a fee, perform background checks and provide training. For a monthly fee, they can also hold the work permit.


Thoroughly-vetted, first aid and CPR trained nannies, baby sitters and domestic helpers • Finder and assessment services available • Vacation support for travelling families: locals going abroad and/or those from overseas • Term break holiday babysitting and nanny services

Services Include:

Baby sitters • Nannies • Holiday childcare • Sick child care • Live-in domestic housekeeper • Bespoke services (345) 916 5925 | Grand Cayman aaacaregivers@candw.ky | www.aaacaregivers.ky www.caymanparent.com


Early Literacy Skills

Photo by Lisa Reid, Picture This


for Preschoolers

As in many other countries, Cayman has been dogged by poor literacy levels, particularly in Cayman’s public schools. So we decided to do some research on how parents and preschool teachers can give their children a leg up on the path to reading. What we found was that there was overwhelming scientific evidence that teaching phonics is without a doubt the most effective way to teach children how to read. Without it, some children will end up having serious reading difficulties. So what is phonics? It is a teaching method that focuses on the sounds within words and, very specifically, teaches the link between these sounds and the letters that represent them. By teaching this you allow children to decode written words independently, without them having to guess or be told what the letters are.


who has a PhD in Reading Education and is based at Auburn University, about what he would recommend parents, caregivers and preschool teachers in Cayman do to help their children learn to read. He told us that the letters of the alphabet are important because they are the symbols for the small actions your mouth makes as you say words. What’s equally important, however, is that your child learns the sound associated with each letter.

In 2011, the UK piloted a National Phonics Screening Check (PSC) which was given to students at the end of Year 1. It has since been administered nationally each year since 2012. In the absence of any other systematic changes, the reading skills – actual reading, not just phonics decoding – of UK children have begun to improve. Most notably, the attainment gap between low socioeconomic status students and their more advantaged peers has begun to close.

These individual sounds are called phonemes, and children who know about the connection between a letter and its phoneme have an easier time learning to read. To learn about phonemes, children have to be detectives and 'detect' phonemes in spoken words.

The term 'phonics' has been used quite loosely by several reading programmes, with some straying from these fundamental principles. So we spoke to Dr. Bruce Murray,

Learning phonemes is the first step in learning to read, and can be started before you or your child's school starts introducing phonics.

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THE FIVE STAGES OF LEARNING TO READ ARE: 1. Phonemic awareness: learning the sound that letters make 2. Phonics: letter-sound associations 3. Fluency: being able to read a text accurately

and quickly

4. Vocabulary: understanding the meaning of the words on the page 5. Text comprehension: understanding what you are reading about

Here’s how you can help your child pick up phonemes:

2. Make the learning memorable Have fun with the letters and sounds. Gestures such as a “munching mouth” made with your hand can make the /m/ sound much more fun! “Slithering snakes” made with an arm or hand can make the /s/ sound easy to remember. Tongue tickers, also called alliterative words, in which the sound you’re focusing on is repeated over and over again, can be a fun way to provide practice with a sound.

Try these!

• For M: Miss Mouse makes marvellous meatballs • For S: Silly Sally sings songs about snakes and snails • For F: Freddy finds fireflies with a flashlight 3. Help your child listen for the sounds One part of learning letters and sounds is being able to figure out if a word contains a particular sound. “Do we hear /mmmmmmm/ in the word moon? Let me show you: mmmmmoon. Yes! I closed my mouth and lips to say /m/ in moon. Do we hear /mmmmmmm/ in the word cake? No, I never closed my lips, so there is no /mmm/ in cake. You try: Do you hear /m/ in man? Do you hear /m/ in boy? Do you hear /m/ in mom?". These sorts of activities can help him begin to listen for and hear sounds within words. 4. Give your child a mirror Children will enjoy looking in a mirror and seeing what their tongue, lips, and vocal cords are doing when they make the sound of a letter. For instance, to recognise the phoneme /l/ in fill, we might ask students to put their tongues behind their top teeth and turn their voices on. With the word 'lay', they can discover how the tongue flops down. Studying articulation is

5. Show pictures of the letters Lots of research has shown that teaching the sound of the letters (phonemes) without also showing the look of the letters limits the effectiveness of the instruction. Parents will find that their results are doubly as effective if they add printouts of letters. The reason this is so essential is that letters are visible, permanent symbols of the phonemes that comprise a range of sounds and mouth movements. For example, the phoneme /d/ sometimes makes a clear knocking sound (as in door), but it can also sound almost like /j/ (as in drive). Showing a child a print out of a /d/ and letting them know it is the same letter no matter which word it is used in is important. 6. Apply letter-sound skills to reading Putting these skills to work within a book is a powerful way to help your child see the connection between letters, sounds, and words. As you’re reading together, find places in the book to point out the letters and sounds you’ve been working on together. “Look! This page says ‘red fish, blue fish'. There’s the /fffffff/ sound we’ve been having fun with! It’s at the beginning of the word fish”. One good tip we learnt from a parent was putting your finger under the words as you read them; gradually your child will begin to recognise when the same words come up again and again.

Examples for Parents to Try

Ask your children to search for words that are related in meaning (e.g., “does your mouth say /s/ in dirt or sand? In sun or moon?”). After finding the correct sound at the beginning or end of a word, ask them to search elsewhere in the word: “Is /s/ in horse or dog? In lost or found?” You can be creative! For example, you might say, “I’ll name some food. If they have /m/ in them, say ‘mmm-m’; if they don’t, say ‘yuck’”. You could challenge their metalinguistic focus by asking about ham, fish, lima beans, chocolate cake, and marshmallows.


1. Focus on one sound at a time Certain sounds, such as /s/m/f/ are great sounds to start with. The sound is distinct, and can be exaggerated easily: “please pass the mmmmmmmmilk”; “look! There’s a ssssssssssnake!”; “you have fffffffive markers on the table”. It’s also easy to describe how to make the sound with your mouth. “Close your mouth and lips to make the sound. Now put your hand on your throat. Do you feel the vibration?”. Once your child learns a few phonemes, it will be easier to keep talking about letters and sounds.

especially promising for teaching hearing-impaired children to decode. These students are missing the sound cues for phonemes, but they can learn more reliable cues — the vocal gestures that define phonemes.

Practical Matters – When to Start

Preschool and early Kindergarten are prime times for teaching phonemic awareness and to lay the groundwork for decoding letters. Experts recommend keeping teaching time short — around 10–20 minutes a day.

This article was reproduced with kind permission from the author, Dr. Bruce Murray. The full article is published as: Tell Me About Fred’s Fat Foot Again: Four Tips for Successful PA Lessons, Murray, B. (2012) in The Reading Teacher, 66(2), pp139–144. Also visit Dr. Murray’s website, The Reading Genie, at http://wp.auburn.edu/rdggenie/. There you will find lesson plans, teaching ideas, materials, Genie books and resources which you are welcome to use. You can email him on murraba@auburn.edu. He often gives lectures to schools and parent groups on how to get children reading from an early age. www.caymanparent.com




Childproofing Your Home

& Pool

The leading cause of serious injury and death among young children are accidents that could have been easily prevented. Thoroughly childproofing your home, garden and pool is essential for both safety and peace of mind.

Baby/Child Gates & Wall Fasteners • Block off the top and bottom of stairs using gates that have been firmly attached to the walls, as opposed to pressure gates, which can easily be pushed or pulled down. • Block access to spaces such as the patio, kitchen and bathroom to prevent children accessing potentially dangerous areas unsupervised. • Secure large items (TVs, dressers, bookshelves, etc.) to the walls using screws and fasteners to prevent a child pulling them over onto themselves.

Windows & Window Treatments • Ensure all windows within reach of children have locks and/ or window guards to prevent children from being able to open, climb through or fall out of windows. • Shorten or fix blind cords so that they are entirely out of possible reach. These pose a high strangulation risk. Safety Latches • Install safety latches on all cupboards and drawers (bathroom, kitchen, etc.) containing sharp or harmful substances. • Install safety latches on your toilet lid, oven, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer to prevent accidental drowning, burns, suffocation or entrapment. Child-friendly Furniture • Small tables and chairs for children are useful for toddlers and young children to prevent mishaps, as are low toddler beds with bedrails to prevent falling. See page 205 for a list of stores that stock childproofing products.

The Pool • Always ensure that there is an adult supervising children in or near the pool. If you think you might be distracted by other tasks, designate another adult ‘water watcher’ to keep an eye on the children at all times. • Install a fence of at least four feet in height around the perimeter of your swimming pool. • Ensure that the gate for entry to the pool has childproof locks, handles and/or latches to prevent children from being able to open the gate. • Remove or secure any items that a child could use to climb up and over the gate/fence to gain access to the pool. • Install a pool alarm to notify you if anyone enters the fencedin area. Some systems are capable of detecting underwater movement and will notify you accordingly. • Install an automatic pool safety cover that can only be opened and closed with a key. • Upgrade drain covers to be ‘VGBA compliant’ and the pump to an ‘SVRS’, which will reduce the chance of entrapment. • Ensure children who are playing near a pool are wearing life vests or floaties. • Make sure your children receive basic swimming lessons that teach them how to roll over in the water and swim towards and hold onto the edge. A list of certified swim schools and instructors can be found on page 174.


Electrical Outlets, Plugs, Cords • Use plastic safety plugs to block access to any electrical outlets within reach of children. • Tape exposed cords to baseboards, walls or behind furniture to ensure children cannot pull cords out of sockets or pull lamps, computers or other household items down onto themselves. • Ensure that all electrical items such as hair dryers, tools, toasters, fans and cell phone cords are well out of reach. • Do not allow children to play with items containing batteries, except for children’s toys that were designed to keep the batteries safely enclosed (i.e. only accessible by removing a set of screws). Accidental ingestion of batteries by children can have disastrous outcomes. Remote controls and other electronics can pose serious risks to children.

Photo courtesy of Tomlinson Furniture

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For more information on making your pool area safe, contact Pool Patrol (345) 949 8543, Oasis Pools (345) 945 7665 or Spartan Fencing (345) 946 3191.



Q&A Ann-Marie Whyte

Karyn Lymbery

What is the funniest thing one of the children has said to you or done? The youngest often asks me to walk her to shower time while she stands on my feet. It always makes me laugh!

What is the funniest thing one of the children has said to you or done? Funny things happen every day with kids! Last week one of the twins said, “Who in their right mind would put kids to bed at this time, it’s still daylight outside?”. I told her to take it up with senior management - I just follow orders!

Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island? The kids always love to play at Dart Park after school. We also go to Pedro’s Castle and we have a great park at the end of the road to ride scooters and play basketball.


If you could invite a celebrity and their young child for a playdate who would it be and why? I would love to invite Michelle Obama for a playdate with her two daughters, even though they are now teenagers. I think she is a great inspiration to African-American families and her girls seem very grounded and smart. What do you enjoy most about working in Cayman? I love meeting kids from all different backgrounds and cultures and watching them play together happily without boundaries. If you could take the children anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would love to take them to Jamaica. I know they would greatly enjoy and benefit from the adventures they could have − from the mountains and rivers to the sea. What is your opinion on tablet screen time – fine in moderation or a definite no? Definitely no good for young brains! It takes away their imagination and the chance to play and experience fun with their friends. What experience makes you a good nanny? Being a mother and a grandmother! I’ve been through it all, nothing fazes me!

Ann-Marie has been with her family for six years and takes care of three children, aged 8, 13 and 15.


Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island? The beach early in the day; there's always lots to do and it exhausts the kids. The skills and learning acquired at the beach are endless. From working as a team collaborating, problem solving, maths, science, engineering and language all applied to just building a sandcastle or a hole in the sand! What is your favourite children’s book to read? Ooh too hard to choose just one! Anything by Roald Dahl. The older kids love The 13-Storey Treehouse series. The younger ones are into The Gruffalo, or just anything with humour. I’d also recommend books by the following authors: Mem Fox, A. A. Milne, Andy Griffiths, David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Paul Jennings and Anh Doh. What do you enjoy most about working as a nanny in Cayman? What’s not to like?! Great weather so you can be outdoors all the time! There are lots of physical activities here to keep the kids and adults active, involved and fit. What makes a good nanny? Being firm but fair, having a good sense of humour, honesty and a love of children are the key ingredients. Kids love boundaries, it makes them feel safe and they know what’s expected. When you have time to relax, what is your favourite pastime? Daily yoga at Bliss and swimming - we are surrounded by some amazing beaches. I also love travel as it opens our minds to what a diverse world we live in!

Karyn has been on the Island for 10 months and looks after 6 year old twins and a 10 year old. She is originally from Australia.

Cayman's super nannies

Lenie Joy Rosales

Letitia Eyles

Where is the best place to play with young children on-Island? The best place to hang out with other kids is in Camana Bay right by the big fountain. They can run around and play in the fountain at the same time.

Where is the best place to hang out with children on-Island? We have many favourite places on the Island that we enjoy, which involve various activities ranging from snorkelling with turtles at Spotts beach to burning off some energy at the skate park. All three children have enjoyed making memories at Dart Park. We love to explore the natural area for mini beasts and creepy crawlies and have lots of fun searching for friendly hermit crabs.

What do you enjoy most about working as a nanny in Cayman? Getting paid to work on a tropical island, and the family that I work for have been so amazing to me. If you could take the child you look after away anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I want to take her to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I know she would love it there because she is an animal lover.

What is the funniest thing the child you look after has said to you or done? Once a friend of the little girl I look after gave her a cookie and I told her to give it back to him because it was almost lunch time. She took a BIG BITE from the cookie before she gave it back to him, which was very funny. What experience or qualifications make you a good nanny? I think the best qualification that makes me a good nanny is the fact that I am caring and nurturing. I learnt this through caring for my own child. When you have time to relax, what is your favourite pastime? My favorite pastime is cooking.

Lenie is from the Philippines and has been with her family for just over a year. She looks after an 18 month old girl.

If you could take the children anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would love to take the children on Safari to South Africa so they could see all the wild animals firsthand. I feel this adventure would be treasured by the whole family, and the children would be exposed to a wider understanding of our natural world. What is your approach to managing screen time? Without a doubt the new generation is much more tech savvy than I ever was; I find myself learning along with the children. We have allocated screen days and times, and we have made this agreement as a whole family, with the children included in the discussion.


What is your opinion on screen time – fine in moderation or a definite no? Fine in moderation. I think it’s okay for kids to watch a little TV when things are under control.

What is your favourite children’s book? I like to re-tell and adapt stories during our car journeys to and from school. I get requests for Handa's Surprise, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood, and we put our very own positive spin on them all, using our imagination and creativity to enhance the story. Our stories are forever evolving.

What experience makes you a good nanny? My years of experience in various childcare environments such as nurseries and schools has really helped broaden my knowledge and strengthened my skills with children. As a result I am able to support the children in my care both educationally and emotionally.

British nanny, Letitia, looks after three children aged 3, 6 and 8. She has been in Cayman for three years.


30 Fun Free Things To Do


With Kids Every Day of the Month!

1. Visit the Humane Society and give Cayman’s homeless cats and dogs some much needed attention. The pups are always eager for a good stroll and the kitties in the cat room are always happy to receive a cuddle or two!

6. Visit the Duck Pond on Bel Air Drive where kids will be able to feed ducks, chickens and loads of hicatees (turtles). Try not to feed them bread or crackers as it’s not good for their tummies. Instead bring kernelled corn, peas or seeds.

2. Hike the Mastic Trail and look out for parrots, hermit crabs and beautiful birds along the 2.3 miles. Don’t forget to pack water and bug spray! Self-guided leaflets are available from the National Trust’s visitor centre. (Not suitable for children under 10).

7. Plan a family adventure to the Cayman Turtle Centre where kids can not only learn about these amazing and majestic creatures, but they can actually hold them and swim with them too! Entrance for resident children aged five years and under is free and a seasonal pass is available for CI$50 for resident adults. A valid Cayman ID is required.

3. Grab a mask and snorkel and check out Cayman’s top snorkelling sites including Turtle Reef (West Bay), Cemetery Beach (SMB), Wreck of the Cali (GT), Morritt's (East End) and Rum Point (Cayman Kai). 4. Story Time on Saturdays at both George Town and West Bay Public Libraries at 10.30am is free to drop in! Make it part of your family’s regular schedule by getting a library card and borrowing books while you are there! 5. Experience the thrill of hermit crab racing. Find hermit crabs (rainy season is best for this!), mark your competitor with a dab of paint, draw a big circle in the sand and place the crabs in the middle. First crab to the edge wins!


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8. Practise your plane spotting at the Airport Park (the playground next to Foster's). Aviation enthusiasts big and small will love watching the planes take off and land. Bring a blanket, lay down in the grass and make yourselves comfortable for the full effect of feeling the rumble of the engines and the wheels upon impact! 9. Lounge in the hammocks on the island at Camana Bay. Sometimes doing nothing is really, really fantastic. Encourage your kids to bring a book or two and spend some time just swinging away in the shade of the palms.

10. Watch the weigh-ins at fishing tournaments for a chance to see some truly impressively sized fish! Visit the Cayman Islands Angling Club’s website to learn of upcoming tournament dates and locations for weigh-ins at www.fishcayman.com.

21. Feed the tarpons at Rackams or The Wharf. No matter the age, kids and adults are sure to be impressed by the sheer size of these fish. With nightly feedings, show up, grab yourselves some grub as well, sit back and enjoy a truly entertaining show!

11. Plan a beach clean-up with a couple of friends. Bring lots of trash bags and make a game of it. See who can collect the largest bag of trash for bragging rights to Seven Mile Beach Saviour of the Year!

22. Climb the 75ft Observation Tower in Camana Bay and enjoy panoramic views of Grand Cayman. Check out the mosaic tiles which mimic the experience of scuba diving Little Cayman’s famous Bloody Bay Wall. Spot the horse-eye jacks, the spotted eagle ray and other marine life!

12. Visit Pedro St. James and check out the 3D movie theatre, playground and the 18th Century Great House! Kids under 12 enjoy free entry. 13. Play some beach volleyball. You’ll find nets at Public Beach (SMB) where you can teach your kids to bump, set and spike their way to victory. Follow practice drills with some healthy family competition. 14. Practise rock climbing at Camana Bay. Be sure kids are wearing some sturdy runners with good grips and, with your supervision, they can practise their climbing skills on the rocks lining the Crescent by the fountains.

16. Visit each one of Cayman’s public parks. See pages 200-201 for a complete listing and a map. Make it a family affair to try each park on-Island. 17. The Cayman Islands Museum offers free entry for residents on the first Saturday of each month. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Cayman’s history and stroll through the children’s gallery. 18. Plan a day trip out to East End. Stop along your way at the blow holes and watch your kids’ wonderment as the powerful sea water is blown into the air. Or head to Lover's Wall for a walk along the rocks, and maybe a photo or two, stopping for a picnic lunch on your way back home! 19. Story Time and Sing Along. Toddlers and small children can enjoy Story Time and Sing Along with Miss Izzy for CI$5 at Books & Books on Sundays (10.30am11.30am). 20. Enjoy free entry to the National Gallery and pick up a Family Guide filled with interactive activities such as scavenger hunts and games. Don’t forget to see the permanent collection upstairs.

24. Plan a trip to the Flip Flop Tree. The next time one of your kids is left with a lonely flip flop, make an adventure out of taking the sandal to its final resting place, upon the tree. Consider writing their names on it or adding some distinguishing characteristic so they can spot it each time they drive past! 25. Visit local artist Gordon Solomon’s West End Studio for a truly incredible artistic experience! His studio is open Tuesday to Thursday 10am-3pm, and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 3pm-8pm. Visit www.gordonsolomon. com for more information. 26. Cool down in the fountains at Camana Bay. Both operate daily on the Crescent or outside Jasmine Court.


15. Take a trip to Starfish Point and count how many of these fascinating marine invertebrates you can spot amongst the shallow shores. Be sure not to remove these little guys from the water!

23. Head to Spotts Beach and see if you can find the sea turtles who come in to feed on the sea grass. The rock pools to the far right of the dock are also fun to explore when the tide is low; here you can search for whelks, crabs and tiny fish.

27. Catch a moonlit movies at Camana Bay. From June to August each Tuesday and on special occasions like Valentines, Halloween and the Christmas holidays, you can enjoy a free kid-friendly film under the stars on the Crescent! 28. Make sea almond boats. You know those trees with the red blooms that drop little seeds that look a lot like almonds? They are actually called Terminalia Catappa trees, and those little sea almonds can be made into some pretty amazing boats, complete with a Seagrape leaf for a sail. Let the races begin! 29. Baseball/Little League is free of charge. Children must bring their own glove, but the coaching, a uniform and all other items are included! Contact the Cayman Islands Little League Association at info@littleleague.ky to register. 30. Have a blow-up floatie race using whatever inflatables you have kicking around and your arms as paddles. Set up a race and may the best and fastest paddler win!

Suggestions courtesy of Lindsay Thompson, owner of Fuse-In Designs.



Parks & Playgrounds

Cayman's Parks are a great place to host a children's party for free! Call the Parks Department on (345) 946-8250 for more information.

Cayman has a wealth of public parks and playgrounds with climbing frames, swings, restrooms and shaded areas. They can be found everywhere from West Bay to North Side and are a fun place to spend time with your children.

1 Scholars Park


Corner of Birch Tree Hill Road and Stadium Drive, West Bay Sanded play area, playground, baby swings, restrooms, drinking fountain, gardens and shaded grassy areas.

8 Newland Heights Park

Hemlock Way, off Moonbeam Drive, Savannah Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play set, sand pit area, basketball court, BBQ pit, landscaped areas and a gazebo.

2 Seven Mile Beach Park

Next to Public Beach Playground, grassy area, restroom facilities and trees for shade.


9 Moonbeam Park


3 Camana Bay Fountains A. Jasmine Court, Camana Bay

Moonbeam Drive, Savannah Jungle gym play area set in sand, cabana and a half basketball court.

Mini fountains, perfect for toddlers to splash around in! B. The Crescent, Camana Bay Bigger kids will enjoy the fountains which spout water 30ft in the air. Every Tues and Sat (10am-7pm) giant foam blocks are available for kids to play with.

4 Watler Rd, Community Park, SMB

Corner of West Bay Road and Eastern Avenue Climbing frame, swing set and plenty of shade.

7 Foster's Airport Park

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5 Windsor Park

Corner of Mango Turn and Hawkins Drive, off Windsor Park Drive, GT Two climbing frames, swings, covered picnic area and a full-size basketball court.


10 North Sound Gardens Park

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play set, sand pit, BBQ, cabana, basketball court and landscaped areas.


Dorcy Drive, George Town Climbing frame, swing set, basketball court, shaded picnic area and restrooms.


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6 Dart Park


South Church Street, south of GT Slides, climbing frames, an amphitheatre, gazebos, lots of shade and restroom facilities.

11 Pedro St. James


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Pedro Castle Road, Savannah A playground, acres of green space, nature and history trails, restrooms and refreshments to purchase.


Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget sunscreen! See our article on Sun Safety on page 120.

11 1 13 Jerald Smith Park

Hutland Avenue, across from the North Side Police Station Slide and swing set, shaded picnic area and restrooms.

14 Mastic Trail

Off Frank Sound Road 843 acres of semi-deciduous forest and wetlands to explore. The National Trust offers a three hour guided tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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16 Captain George Dixon Park

15 Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park 12 Harold McCoy Sr. Park Gun Square Road, Bodden Town Jungle gym, play facilities, shaded picnic areas, restrooms and a BBQ area.

Open & Close Times Parks are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset!

Off Frank Sound Road, North Side Over 65 areas with different gardens and trails to discover.

Sea View Road, East End Play facilities, slide, shaded picnic areas, water fountain, BBQ area and restrooms.

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Weekly Activities for 0-5

Year Olds

Not only is Cayman known world-wide for its gorgeous beaches, it just happens to be a fantastic place with loads of exciting activities to keep kids entertained! Monday


South Sound Playgroup South Sound Community Centre, South Church Street Time: 9.30am−11.30am Age: 0-4 Years Cost: CI$8 or US$10 per session per family (all inclusive). Contact: southsoundplaygroup@ gmail.com. 3 Girls and a Kiln Toddler Art Day 53 Market Street, Camana Bay Time: 10.15am−11am Age: 18 months−4 Years Cost: CI$15 Contact: 3girlsandakiln@gmail.com.


Imagination Playground The Crescent Fountains, Camana Bay Time: 10am−7pm Age: All ages Cost: Free. Toddler Play Day Motions Unlimited, Sparky's Drive, Industrial Park Time: 10.30am−12pm Age: 0-5 Years Cost: CI$15 per session, CI$5 for crawlers. Toddler Art & Sensory Playgroup Art Nest Creative Studio, 131 Centre, Maclendon Drive,

George Town Time: 3.45pm−4.45pm Age: 18 months−4 Years Cost: CI$20 Contact: events@artnestcayman. com.


Little Explorers Playgroup Dart Family Park Clubhouse, South Church Street Time: 9am−11am Age: 6 Months−3 Years Cost: CI$100 per 12-week term or CI$10 per drop−in. Toddler Play Day Motions Unlimited, Sparky's Drive, off North Sound Road Time: 10.30am−12pm Age: 0-5 Years Cost: CI$15 per session, CI$5 for crawlers.


Indoor Playground & Café Lil’ Monkeys, Bodden Place, Shedden Road, George Town Time: 9am−6pm Age: All ages Cost: CI$8 per hour. Two hours for the price of one on Thursdays. Toddler Play Day Motions Unlimited, Sparky's Drive, Industrial Park Time: 10.30am−12pm Age: 0−5 Years Cost: CI$15 per session, CI$5 for crawlers.

Toddler Art & Sensory Playgroup Art Nest Creative Studio, 131 Centre, Maclendon Drive, George Town Time: 3.45pm−4.45pm Age: 18 months−4 Years Cost: CI$20


Toddler Play Day Motions Unlimited, Sparky's Drive, Industrial Park


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Time: 10.30am−12pm Age: 0−5 Years Cost: CI$15 per session, CI$5 for crawlers. Preschoolers Morning National Gallery, Esterley Tibbetts Highway Time: 10.30am−11.30am Age: 0−5 Years Cost: CI$5.


The Pony Park The Equestrian Center, Halfway Pond (Just off Linford Pierson Hwy) Time: 9am−10.30am Age: 0−5 Years Cost: CI$5 per child and includes a pony ride. 3 Girls and a Kiln Toddler Art Day 53 Market Street, Camana Bay Time: 10.30am−11.15am* Second Saturday each month* Age: 18 months−4 Years Cost: CI$15. Story Time George Town and West Bay Public Libraries Time: 10.30am Age: 0−5 Years Cost: Free.


Story Time & Sing Along with Miss Izzy Books & Books, Camana Bay Time: 10.30am−11.30am Age: 18 months−4 Years Cost: Free.

TOP TIP: Visit the Events page at www.caymanparent.com for the latest family-friendly activities and events.

Early Years Best for Parents

Book Club Best for Toddlers

If you’re curious about the Montessori approach, this new book elucidates the core principles and provides a graceful and practical approach to implementing them at home.

A modern take on The House That Jack Built, in which Lola's day at the beach leads to new friends and a giant sandcastle. A delightful read for Cayman's tiny beachlovers.

This New York Times bestseller is a beautiful celebration of the love that parents have for their children. Perfect ‘mind food’ for developing brains.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turned 50 in 2019! Celebrate this milestone with a new book in the franchise that celebrates being a Dad.

If your relationship has taken a bit of a battering during the baby years, take heart! You’re not alone. This classic bestseller will help you get back on track.

Best Digital for Parents AfterLight is an easy-touse photo editor, even for not-so-savvy users! Rescue almost-perfect shots of your busy bees in seconds with simple tools and filters. $2.99, available for iOS or Android.


Learn how to best support your toddler through the ‘terrible twos’ and beyond, and arm yourself with essential discipline tools for everyday challenges.

Best Digital for Kids Pocket Phonics has been recommended everywhere from The New York Times to The Guardian. You can choose between US or UK voices. Ages 3+. $6.99/£6.99, available for iOS.




10 Toddler Hacks


1. Turn junk into art Get crafty by turning leftover pizza boxes into art canvases for young kids. Even more reason to celebrate pizza night!

6. Detangle dolly If your kid’s toys are getting wild-haired, work some adult conditioner into their hair, comb through and rinse it off.

2. Budget bed bumpers Roll a towel up (or use a pool noodle) and place it under the sheets to stop your child rolling out when transitioning into a ‘big bed’.

7. Banish nuisance marks Remove crayon on furniture with WD-40 or use toothpaste to remove permanent marker off wooden furniture.

3. Make clothes last longer Instead of using a bib, slip an old t-shirt over your child when they’re eating. Remember to pack a ziplock bag to put it in after!

8. Car park safety Stop kids wandering away in parking lots by sticking a sticker to the side of your car and telling them they have to keep their hand on it.

4. Sparkling shoes Get grubby Crocs looking good as new by putting them in the top shelf of the dishwasher.

9. Downsize a dress If your daughter’s straps are too long and are falling down, use a hair clip to pull them together at the back.

5. Share the chores If you need to win a few minutes to clear up, get your toddler involved by giving them a wipe or asking them to brush crumbs into a square.

10. Make beach time a breeze Use an old duvet cover instead of a picnic rug in the garden or on the beach. They fold up smaller and can be easily washed.

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Playgroups, Childcare, Book Shops, Sun Safe Clothing, Child Proofing

Book & Toy Shops A. L. Thompson's

The Christian Enlightenment Centre

949 2521 Web: www.kirkhomecentre.ky Sells

185 Elgin Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 945

Safety 1st® along with Dreambaby® safety

1252 Christian books and Bibles for children.

items to childproof your home.

189 North Sound Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8622 Web: www.althompson.com Offers a

Priced Right

Pool Patrol

wide range of Melissa & Doug toys.

Two locations: Airport Centre, 63 Dorcy Drive, GT.

North Sound Plaza, George Town. Tel: (345)

Tel: (345) 815 1070; Republix Plaza, 2373 Willie

949 8543 Email: pools@poolpatrol.ky Web:

Atlantic Kids

Farrington Drive, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 3214 Web:

www.poolpatrol.ky Keep your kids safe

Paddington Place, Godfrey Nixon Way, George

www.fosters-iga.com A small selection of toys.

Town. Tel: (345) 943 2296 Web: www.atlanticak.

around your pool with various levels of safety equipment.

com A large selection of books, games and other

Childcare Agencies

educational items for children.

The Security Centre

45 Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 640 2665 Web: www.booksandbooks.com A wide range of children’s books plus a craft and toy section. Story

Cayman Technology Centre, 115 Printer Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 0004 Email: info@ security.ky Web: www.security.ky Keep your home and family safe with a wide range of security products and services.

time every Saturday 10.30am-11.30am. AAA Caregivers Agency Book Nook

Tel: (345) 916 5925 Email: aaacaregivers@candw.

Unit #1, Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road, Seven Mile

ky Web: www.aaacaregivers.ky A childcare

Beach. Tel: (345) 945 4686 A good selection of

agency with experienced and highly trained

children’s books, toys and games.

nannies. They also offer evening babysitting services at your home or at your hotel.

Playgroups See the article on page 202 for times, days and costs of playgroups and activities. Visit www.caymanparent.com for a list of activities for 0-5 year olds.


Books & Books

Whether you're looking for an evening alone away from the kids, or a professional to help manage the little ones at your next dinner party, Cayman has well-experienced caregivers to suit your needs.

Cayman Nature Store Dart Family Park, 558A South Church Street. Tel:

Best Home Care Agency

Lil’ Monkeys Indoor Playground & Café

(345) 749 1121 Web: www.nationaltrust.org.ky/

Tel: (345) 947 2297 Email: bhc@candw.ky They

Bodden Place, Shedden Road, George Town.

offer professional childcare and babysitting

Tel: (345) 916 4830

shop. A solid selection of children’s books.

services as well as housekeeping services. Cost-U-Less

Little Explorers Playgroup

Governors Square, 51 Lime Tree Bay Avenue.

CKC Staffing Agency

Dart Family Park Clubhouse, 558A South

Tel: (345) 745 5377 Web: www.costuless.com A

Tel: (345) 324 1841 Email: ckcstaffingagency@

Sound Road. Tel: (345) 749 1121 Web: www.

reasonably priced selection of toys and books.

gmail.com A professional home staffing agency


with qualified, experienced and reliable nannies, The Baby Shoppe

housekeepers, elder caregivers and nurses.

Alissta Towers, 85 North Sound Road. George

Motions Unlimited Sparky's Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 749

Town. Tel: (345) 949 2229 A large selection of

Child Safety & Security

toys for all age ranges.

8365 Email: info@motionsunlimited.com Web: www.motionsunlimited.com.

A. L. Thompson's The Book Loft

189 North Sound Road, George Town. Tel: (345)

Above the Humane Society, 153 North Sound

949 8622 Web: www.althompson.com Offers

Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Tel: (345) 945 8111

Road, GT. Tel: (345) 946 8053 Web: www.

Mommy's Helper safety items to childproof your

Web: www.nationalgallery.org.ky.





selection of second-hand books and puzzles in good condition.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Camana Bay Cinema – Kids Club Kirk Home Centre

55 Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 640

257 Eastern Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345)

3456 Web: www.bigscreen.ky/kids-club.



South Sound Playgroup

Red Sail Sports

Fitness Connection


Located at the Westin Beach Resort, Kimpton,

1 Bambi Close, Glen Eden Road, South Sound.

Church Street. Tel: (345) 943 6556 Email:

Camana Bay, Morritts Tortuga Resort and

Tel: (345) 949 8485 Email: fitness@fitness.ky


Rum Point. Tel: (345) 623 5965 Web: www.

Web: www.fitness.ky A Starfish Aquatic Institute

redsailcayman.com Swimwear and sun tops for

Training Centre offering a variety of programmes


for all ages and abilities. Swimming lessons for

Divers Supply

Waterman Cayman/Blue Wave

classes available.

West Shore Centre, West Bay Road. Tel: (345)

10 Shedden Road, GT and #6 Galleria Plaza, West





Swimwear & Sun Tops

babies begin at 6 weeks old. Private and group

949 7621 Web: www.diverssupply.ky A good

Bay Road, SMB. Tel: (345) 769 7873 Web: www.

Sky Blue Aquatics

selection of swimwear and sun tops for children.

watermancayman.ky Swimwear, rash guards and

Tel: (345) 916 0054 Email: info@skyblueaquatics. com Web: www.skyblueaquatics.com Mobile

sun tops for children. Divers World Seven Mile Shops, West Bay Road. Tel: (345)

swimming instructor with lessons for ages 4

Swimming Lessons

months to adults. Private, semi-private and small

949 8128 Web: www.diversworldcayman.com A

group lessons provided.

good source for kids swimwear and sun tops, also

CBAC (Camana Bay Aquatic Club)

wetsuits, sun hats and beach toys.

Cayman International School, 95 Minerva Dr,

Lions Aquatic Centre, Olympic Way George

Funky Monkey



Governors Square, Unit 2-103 West Bay Road. Tel:

swim club with professional coaching for children

Web: www.caymanswimming.com Competitive

(345) 943 8659 Web: www.funkymonkeycayman.

ages 5-18 of all abilities. Group and private lessons

swimming club for ages 6 and up.

com Swimwear, sun tops and rash guards for

for ages 18 months - 10 years old.






Thrive Fit Darren Mew Sports & Fitness

Tel: (345) 938 1113 Web: www.thrivefitcayman.

Little Angels

Lions Aquatic Centre, Olympic Way George

com Mobile swimming instruction for children

Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 946 2645

Town & Grace Christian Academy, West Bay Tel:

aged 6 months and upwards. Private, semiprivate

Extensive collection of SPF 50+ sun protection

(345) 323 9512 Swimming lessons for ages 3 and

and group lessons available.

tops, swimwear, ‘jelly’ shoes and more.

upwards. Home lessons available.


Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association Working together... building a strong foundation The Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association (CIECA) is a registered non-profit that is committed to promoting and advancing the education and well-being of young children. By engaging stakeholders in active cooperation, they improve professional practice and raise the standards of Early Childhood Education in the Cayman Islands.


• Host monthly professional development workshops • Organise annual celebrations for the Week of the Young Child in Partnership with the Early Childhood Care & Education Unit of the Ministry of Education • Host professional early childhood conferences & attend International Conferences • Deliver Certificate Programme in Early Childhood Education, Care & Development with University of the West Indies • Support community family support programmes such as Life & Cuddle & Read (345) 322 3556 | PO Box 31867 KY1 1108 caymanislandseca@gmail.com www.caymanislandearlychildhoodassociation.org 206

Stingray Swim Club

Camana Bay. Email: cbac@camanabay.com Web:

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AAA Caregivers

Serving your household needs to give you peace of mind since 2001

AAA Caregivers is a housekeeping/childcare agency with a staff of experienced housekeepers/nannies trained in first aid/CPR, basic childcare, fire safety and food handling. They can also find a suitable nanny for a fee, perform background checks and provide training. For a monthly fee, they can also hold the work permit.


Thoroughly-vetted, first aid and CPR trained nannies, baby sitters and domestic helpers • Finder and assessment services available • Vacation support for travelling families: locals going abroad and/or those from overseas • Term break holiday babysitting and nanny services

Services Include:

Baby sitters • Nannies • Holiday childcare • Sick child care • Live-in domestic housekeeper • Bespoke services (345) 916 5925 | Grand Cayman aaacaregivers@candw.ky | www.aaacaregivers.ky

School Age

Photo by Daria Keenan Photography

App safety, homework help, bullying advice and more...


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Raising Children with Faith


School Age Book Club



Keeping Cayman Kind: How to Spot & Stop Bullying

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The Gift of Giving: Volunteering in Cayman


School Age Q&As


10 Hacks for Schoolies


The Perfect Party Checklist The Party Marketplace


The Listings


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Keeping Cayman Kind:

Photos in this article courtesy of Lisa Reid, Picture This

How to Spot & Stop Bullying

Over 135 nationalities live together in the Cayman Islands and we all strive to respect each other’s traditions and values – so much so that we’ve coined the term ‘Caymankind’ to encompass our welcoming spirit and the importance of extending courtesy, compassion and kindness to others. However, bullying in schools threatens to derail these noble values. In its 2018 Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey, the National Drug Council reported that 54% of children had been bullied. Distressingly, those children who reported being the victims of bullying were almost six times more likely to attempt suicide. The following article, written by Jennifer Marshall, shines a light on the problem of bullying and gives you the information you need to protect your children.

What is Bullying?

There are various types of bullying, which include physical, verbal, emotional and psychological, and cyberbullying, which is on the rise amongst our tech-savvy children. Bullying happens when someone deliberately and repeatedly does or says something to another person which they find upsetting, embarrassing, hurtful, worrying, frustrating, humiliating or even frightening. People can be affected by bullying in three ways – as the individual being bullied, as an observer who sees it take place or as the person behaving in an intimidating way. Obvious examples of bullying include loud and threatening behaviour, yelling in someone’s face and pushing and kicking; however, more insidious examples include telling secrets, spreading rumours, excluding others and whispering behind someone’s back. These more subtle forms of bullying can often continue for longer and be more difficult to address.


Also known as ‘online bullying’. Technological advancements mean that children can now be subjected to bullying conducted


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through a variety of digital platforms. Negative comments and pictures circulated online through instant messages, social media, email and websites have the potential to spread very quickly with destructive consequences. Cyberbullying can take extreme forms as bullies are often able to remain anonymous or impersonate others online. Harmful comments and pictures can also have longlasting and damaging effects, as they can remain online and can be viewed and copied for an indefinite amount of time. Victims exposed to harmful material on a daily basis may experience depression and anxiety, and this may in turn have a negative effect on their relationships and support networks. If you are worried about cyberbullying, there is a new initiative in Cayman that can help. The Change Project, commissioned by Logic, is an important campaign on-Island that launched in 2019. It is a research project that aims to promote responsible internet and social media use and shine a light on the mental health impact of cyberbullying on children, parents, teachers and families. It encourages people to take an online pledge to be mindful, kind and considerate when engaging online. As part of the campaign, The Change Project will broadcast a 15-minute documentary, set to be released in October 2019, at the Camana Bay Cinema and online. There will also be a printed guide for schools and parents, plus a wealth of online resources. Visit www.thechangeprojectcayman. com for more information.

The Family Resource Centre’s Anti-Bullying Programme

Charmaine Miller from the Family Resource Centre (FRC) has spearheaded two initiatives to stamp out bullying in Cayman: ‘Owning Up & Connecting’ and ‘Take a Stand Against Bullying’. These programmes seek to spread awareness of the harmful effects of bullying and teach children how to stop bullying in its tracks.

reporting of incidents and less tolerance of bullying behaviour. Students are encouraged to think about the ‘SEAL’ acronym (see box) when dealing with bullying. Teacher participation is encouraged throughout the duration of the course so that they can use the tools to reinforce what the children have learned once the workshops are complete. Although there is no direct parent involvement in the programme, home exercises are set that cover topics such as friendship, how to apologise and how to deal with teasing, which parents can discuss in more detail with their children.

Taking a Stand Against Bullying

Owning Up & Connecting

This early intervention initiative is based on developing a culture of personal dignity amongst students and it operates throughout public and private schools across the Islands. Ms. Miller explains that “the course is centred on empathy and raising kids’ self-awareness and responsibility to stand up when you see bullying behaviour. We focus on an ‘I’ message rather than placing blame”. The Family Resource Centre responds to requests from schools and provides workshops which address that school’s particular concerns. These are an hour a week and are run for eight weeks in the school's grounds. Children are addressed as a year group so that no individual feels singled out or that they are attracting unwanted attention. “Schools reach out to FRC depending on their need. The Owning Up programme is a great opportunity to ensure a continuous and effective dialogue with the children and teachers”, says Ms. Miller. Bullying can manifest differently among schools. An important element of the programme is its flexibility and the way it can be moulded to 'fit' the school environment and focus on different issues as they arise. “Typically, the school is very strategic about what assistance they are looking for - it depends on a particular class or scenario such as the exclusion of a child by peers and their social group because the child has a disability”. The programme aims to implement child-friendly anti-bullying strategies in schools so that children will feel confident to put them into practise in everyday situations. It is also hoped that an increase in awareness amongst schools will lead to more

S – STOP. Think rather than react. E – EXPLAIN. Identify the bullying behaviour. A – AFFIRM & ACKNOWLEDGE. Identify your

rights and how you deserve to be treated.

L – LOCK IN OR LOCK OUT. The friendship.


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Taking a Stand Against Bullying is a campaign promoting awareness of bullying which has been running since 2013 and is growing in support every year. Ms. Miller says: “We thought that, in addition to the schools programme, why not include a community initiative which builds awareness of bullying?”. The campaign was inspired by a pink t-shirt campaign in Canada that started when two senior boys in Nova Scotia saw a ninth grader being bullied for wearing a pink t-shirt to school. That same day they went to the dollar store and bought 20 pink shirts to wear to school in solidarity with the boy. The Family Resource Centre re-tells this story to connect with children and demonstrate the world-wide support that anti-bullying messages have across student populations. October is anti-bullying month in Cayman, which ties in with the Family Resource Centre’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. On the first or last Friday in October, people can dress down or wear pink shirts to support the anti-bullying message and help to raise funds for the initiative. Sales of t-shirts in support of the campaign rocketed from 750 in 2016 to 900 in 2017. “It’s just taken off here in Cayman. We are extremely pleased with the community’s engagement, which is reflected in the hundreds of shirts sold yearly”, says Ms. Miller. Last year (in 2018), the Stood Up Fair was held for the first time at the Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) in Camana Bay where competitions were held for children to submit songs, posters and projects as part of a ‘science fair concept’ to promote the anti-bullying theme. “Typically we are the ones teaching, but we had kids from ages 10 to 16 who had their own projects with an anti-bullying theme. We were blown away by their creativity and passion. With younger generations spreading awareness of the anti-bullying message, it seems that our children are more conscious than ever of what it means to be ‘Caymankind’” .

What You Can Do Advice for Parents

• If you are concerned that your child’s demeanour or mood has changed or they are uncharacteristically withdrawn or angry, it is important not to dismiss it as hormonal, and to instead entertain the possibility that they may be experiencing bullying. The FRC tells parents to “validate your child’s feelings, take what they say seriously and give them the space to tell you what’s happening”.

• The Family Resource Centre encourages parents to teach children to stand up safely and confidently to bullying rather than retaliating. However, if there is a persistent or immediate danger to the child, the best thing to do is to contact the school and make your concerns known to a teacher who can then investigate and bring the bullying to an end.

• Stay close to other kids or adults who will stick up for you. • Stay in areas where you feel safe. • Walk away from bullying or fight back with words, not fists. Practise looking brave, even if you don’t feel brave. • Don’t blame yourself – everyone deserves to be shown respect and it is not your fault you have been bullied.

Advice for Friends

• Children who are being bullied often find it difficult to stand up for themselves and need you to stand up for them. By standing up to bullying, you can be part of the solution, not the problem! • If a kid is being bullied, invite them to play with you somewhere else – be their friend and let them know that no one deserves to be treated that way. • Tell the bully or bullies that what they are doing is not okay. If you feel frightened, tell an adult such as a teacher, parent or coach.

• The Family Resource Centre operates within the Department of Counselling Services so referrals to other health professionals such as therapists can be made swiftly to address issues on a case by case basis.

• Don’t forward text messages, photographs, videos or emails to others if they could hurt someone else.

• In extreme cases, it may be appropriate to consider contacting the authorities to move forward. In its 2016 paper, ‘Bullying: Legislation, Policy or Both?’, the Law Reform Commission advocates that “the best approach is to build upon a child’s assets and invest your energies in fostering healthy social relationships” as a preventative strategy. However, the Commission also acknowledges that there are a number of offences which might be potentially relevant to the Cayman Islands Penal Code (2013 Revision), Information Communications Technology Authority Law (2011 Revision) and the Computer Misuse Law (2015 Revision).

Advice for Kids who Bully

• It is important to work with your child as part of any strategy to deal with bullying so that they feel personally empowered throughout the process. Ultimately, children can and will learn to stand on their own two feet and to survive and succeed in a world that is not always sugar-coated or fair.

Advice for Kids

• If you are too scared to tell someone to stop bullying, find an adult you trust who can make it stop. The best thing you can do is tell someone or write a letter explaining how you feel and give it to an adult or a friend. • Telling an adult is NOT tattling. Tattling is what you do to get someone IN trouble. Telling an adult is what you do to get someone OUT of trouble. If you see someone being bullied, you need to get them out of trouble and you need to go to an adult for help.

• Don’t repeat rumours that could hurt your friend’s reputation.

• It may feel powerful to bully someone else but consider how that person feels – scared, hurt, embarrassed, sad, perhaps angry? Ask yourself if you have ever felt that way? Would you like to feel that way every day? • If you have been hurt by someone else, bullying won’t make you feel better. Speak to an adult that you trust and learn how you should treat others, and be treated, with respect. • Be powerful in other ways - be a leader and treat others with respect; be brave and apologise to the person you have hurt. • Play sports or take part in activities that make you feel good. • Just because other kids might laugh or watch when you bully doesn’t mean they like it. They are probably scared too. • Hang out with friends who are respectful to you and don’t encourage you to hurt others. • Ask an adult to help you stop bullying. You can choose to do what is right. • Think about your future – bullying behaviour can lead to losing privileges, being kicked off sports teams, suspension or expulsion from school. It can also lead to criminal charges.



App Safety

for Kids

Social media has become one of the main ways people connect and communicate with each other. For teens and tweens, social media is a great way to interact with their peers, discover new interests and foster creativity, but it also poses serious safety risks. To tip the scales in favour of positive online experiences and appropriate interactions, parents must take a proactive approach to understanding their children’s online behaviour. THE RISKS:


An online platform owned by Google where anyone can upload and watch video content. A wide variety of content is uploaded and billions of people watch, rate and comment on it.

• Inappropriate content is easy to access: Any child with a Gmail account can sign into YouTube and access videos. Some content is flagged ‘age-restricted’, but the platform relies on self-verification, meaning that kids can get around the rules by using a fake date of birth.

• Apply ‘Restricted Mode’: Restricted mode helps to hide any mature or unpleasant videos from your children. It uses YouTube’s own automated system and looks at what other users flag as inappropriate content.

• Create a ‘family’ Google account: • YouTube suggests related content: This will allow you to monitor exactly what your YouTube will often autoplay videos based on your child is watching, uploading and sharing. child’s viewing habits. The aim is to show related content, but it may not always be age-appropriate. • Get to know popular channels: It’s good to know which channels are most popular with your children. Some of the most popular •‘Challenge videos’ can go too far: channels right now are: PewDiePie, Zoella, KSI, Challenge videos refer to a stunt you’re JennaMarbles, Smosh, ThatcherJoe & encouraged to recreate and film. Some are dangerous and even life threatening, such as Casper Lee. the Bird Box Challenge.





• Direct messaging: Direct messages allow • Restrict direct messages: If your child users to share posts, images, videos, voice receives a message from somebody they do messages and calls between each other privately. not know, encourage them not to accept their If the person is not on your child’s friends list, the message request and ‘block’ this person; this is message will still be sent to their inbox but the user the only way to stop them messaging your child has to accept their request to see the message. again.

Instagram is a hugely popular photo and • Damage to confidence, body image • Look out for #ADS: Influencers must video-sharing app clearly state that they have been paid for their & mental health: Using filters on photos with over a billion posts, for example by using a hashtag like #ad on Instagram can set unrealistic expectations users worldwide. or #sponsored. Teach your child to look out for and create feelings of inadequacy for children. Images can be the signs of a paid post/advert and discuss that Judging themselves against other users on the app transformed with not everything they see from celebrities is their might threaten their confidence or self-worth. filters to edit the personal choice or opinion. shot before sharing. • Hijacked hashtags: Hashtags connect Anyone with an content so you can see related content from multiple • Use a private account: A private account can see users. One person may use a seemingly innocent account means you have to accept a request another’s ‘gallery’ if hashtag with one thing in mind, and before you from somebody who wants to follow you and their account is not know it hundreds of people could be using the only people you approve will see your posts private. same hashtag for something inappropriate. and videos.


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• Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is the act of sending threatening or taunting messages, pictures or videos with the aim of hurting and humiliating the receiver. The group chat feature provides the potential for people to hurt others with their comments or jokes.

WhatsApp is one • Connecting with strangers: To start a of the most popular chat in WhatsApp, you just need to know the messaging apps in mobile number of the contact if they have the the world, with more app on their phone. If your child has shared than 1.5 billion people their mobile number with somebody they worldwide using it to don’t know, they can use it to get in touch via send and receive text, WhatsApp. photos, videos and documents, as well • Live location sharing: The Live Location as make voice and feature enables users to share their current video calls through location in real time to their contacts in an Internet or Wi-Fi a chat, allowing friends to follow their connection. movement. However, if your child is in a group chat with people they do not know, they will be exposing their exact location.



• Create a safe profile: Your child can alter their profile settings to control who can see their profile photo and status. The options to choose from are ‘Everyone’, ‘My Contacts’ and ‘Nobody’. We suggest selecting ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Nobody’. • Explain how to block people: If your child has received spam or offensive messages from a contact, they should block them. Messages sent from a blocked contact will not show up on the phone and stay undelivered. • Leave a group: If your child is part of a group chat that makes them feel uncomfortable, use the group’s settings to show them how to leave. If someone leaves a group once, they can be added back by the group admin, if they leave again, they cannot be added back.


• Sexting: While Snapchat’s gimmick is that all • Discuss the risks of sexting: Talk to your photos, videos and text disappear eventually, children about the consequences of sexting users can still screenshoot or save anything they and make sure that they are aware of the risks. have received. Users may forget this and send a Ensure your child knows that ‘Snaps’ can be compromising image or message to somebody screenshotted and the message, image or video who they think they trust. Once a photo/video can be shared further without their knowledge Snapchat has been screenshotted or recorded, this can or permission. Snapchat is a photo open the door to blackmailing or cyberbullying. sharing app for phones • Turn off 'quick add’: ‘Quick add’ helps and tablets. It allows • Damage to confidence: Snapchat’s friends find each other on the app based on users to share images, mutual friends or if their number is in their selection of filters and lenses are a popular way videos and chat with phone book. This feature can open up their to enhance selfies. Using the ‘beautify’ filters friends through voice on photos can set unrealistic expectations and profile to strangers. Your child can switch this calls or text messages. create feelings of inadequacy. feature off in settings. Users can share images and videos • Addictive snap streaks: ‘Snap streaks’ are • Restrict story views: Your child can add directly to specific gained when snaps have been sent back and videos and images to their ‘story’ throughout friends, or through a forth consecutively between friends. Snapchat the day, which will last for 24 hours. By default, ‘story’ shared with their then rewards users who have achieved high anyone in a user’s friends list can see their story. entire friend list. snap streaks by gifting emojis. Children invest Check in the privacy settings that this has not time into making their streaks as long as possible, putting pressure on themselves and their friendships.

been changed. The options to choose from are ‘My Friends’, ‘Everyone’ or ‘Custom’; we suggest that it is set to ‘My Friends’.

The above content is courtesy of National Online Safety, award-winning specialists in digital online safety training for schools and parents, working internationally towards a safer online world for children. For more information visit www.nationalonlinesafety.com.



Winning the Homework


Homework is a point of contention in many households. Whether it’s begging your children to get started, or pointing out that at half past eight they really should be finished by now, the nightly battle of wills can leave both parents and children feeling frustrated and discouraged. Fortunately, there are some tried and true techniques which can help parents achieve victory – or at least draw a truce!

Establish a Realistic Schedule Together

Create a Suitable Homework Centre

Remember that expectations should reflect the stage your child is at – an hour of dedicated homework time with regular breaks should be enough for a child in prep school, but as your child gets older that time will likely change to reflect their growing workload. Some children may prefer to dedicate time right after school to getting their homework out of the way, whilst others may require some down time to stretch their legs and reset their minds after a full day of focusing in class.

Their ‘homework centre’ should be roomy enough to accommodate whatever task they have been given, whether it’s working on a math problem or finishing up an art project. Stock up on school supplies, such as colouring pencils and paper, and reference tools, such as a dictionary or thesaurus, and either keep them on their workspace or within reach to avoid any unnecessary disruptions to their productivity.

Once you have established a routine, write it down and place it somewhere where it is prominently displayed, such as pinned up on the fridge, to avoid any misunderstandings over what is expected. Treating it like a contract to which each party has agreed will also give your child a sense of responsibility for holding up his or her end of the bargain.

The use of incentive systems might have some parents humming and hawing, but research shows there’s a lot of behavioural benefits for children associated with the use of rewards! Rewarding children for their good behaviour encourages good habits to form and before long these habits take root

At the beginning of the school year sit down with your child and create a realistic homework schedule together. This is a chance for both of you to weigh in on what works and what doesn’t; however, it is important to strike a balance. Be sure to convey your expectations and set limits from the get-go, but allow your child to have an opinion. By levelling out the playing field, your child is less likely to feel like homework is a chore that they are being forced to do.


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Now that a schedule has been established, get to work on carving out a dedicated space at home where your child can concentrate on the task at hand. This can either be in your child’s room, at their desk, or somewhere else in the house. For children who have a hard time focusing, it may be best to choose a space that is more communal so you can keep an eye on their progress. This space should also be relatively free from distractions, i.e. not with a view of the television!

Incentive Systems

and become a part of who your child is. This can be useful when introducing positive homework techniques. Incentive systems don’t have to be elaborate, but they should be age-appropriate. Sticker charts are great for toddlers and preschoolers, who will enjoy the process of creating and decorating his or her own sticker chart, and watching it fill up over time. For school-age children, consider introducing a slightly more complex system in which your children can trade in stickers earned from completing their schoolwork for bigger rewards, such as longer screen time or a trip to the movies. Remember, rewards don’t have to cost money! Agree on potential rewards beforehand to set realistic expectations. Regardless of which reward system you install, the important thing is to reiterate to children that this is a chance for them to take responsibility for their behaviour. If you need ideas on rewards systems, take a look at Pinterest for inspiration.

TOP TIP from mum Lindsay Huskinson: Get other members of the family involved. FaceTime Granny and Grandpa and read that story out loud!

Let Your Child Own Their Choices and Consequences

Appreciate your supporting role – be there to answer any questions, quiz them and offer advice, but ultimately remember that homework is your child’s responsibility and you should resist the urge to give them the right answers or complete their work for them. Watching your child struggle is excruciating for some parents and they’ll often swoop in to save them, but your child will never learn if you insist on taking the reins when things get difficult. Lay the foundation for good, independent study habits from the get-go: remind your child of the importance of writing down their homework assignments in a planner and listening carefully when the teacher gives instructions. Consider that consistent complaints about struggling with a particular subject could mean your child is unable to do the subject, rather than they are unwilling. Consider hiring a homework coach or a tutor to give your child some help. It might be exactly what is needed.


Red Flags

Positive Reinforcements

Positive reinforcements are also a great way to shape your child’s behaviour. It’s no secret that homework isn’t always fun, but if your child is already feeling discouraged by a piece of difficult work then the last thing they need is parental frustration projected their way. Reminding your child that the process, i.e. working to understand something and solve a problem, is more important than the end result or grade earned is key when helping your child with their homework. Recognise the effort that they are making and praise them for it, whether verbally or through a hug or a pat on the back. Your child is far more likely to stay motivated and plough on with their homework, without arguments, if they feel supported throughout the process.

Practise What Your Child Learns at School

Many teachers encourage parents to go over what their young children are learning in a non-pressured way and to practise what they may need extra assistance with. This doesn’t mean drilling them for success, but it may mean going over skills being worked on at school depending on the needs and learning level of the child. This could include basic numeracy and literacy skills: number sense and letter recognition for example. Ask your child about their day to get an idea of what’s being covered in class and what they might be having difficulty with. Most likely their homework that evening will be based on the day’s lessons so talking through it with them will better equip your child to tackle their evening workload. "There may be notes to review, but don’t take on the role of drill master", adds Diane Levin, Ph.D., "and when you do review, it should feel as if your child wants to be a part of the practice".

Lots of staring into space. Spending much longer than anticipated to complete a task. Needing instructions repeated. Getting lost in their train of thought. Unable to focus on one task at a time. Getting frustrated with themselves because they can’t do something. Constant fiddling and fidgeting. Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to. Unable to keep tasks and belongings organised. If you think your child might have attention issues, talk to your child’s teacher. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), up to 11% of children aged 4-17 have ADHD. There are lots of things you can do to help a child with ADHD; the key is to get it diagnosed and get professional advice on next steps.



The Gift of Giving:

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Volunteering in Cayman

As parents, one of our main responsibilities is instilling in our children a sense of what it means to be a good person. While it’s easy to become consumed by today’s ‘give-me’ mentality, encouraging your children to lend their time and service to the community is an essential teaching moment for parents – and a great opportunity to lead by example!

Where to Start

Start as a family! Getting everyone involved is key. Luckily there are a number of volunteer opportunities in the Cayman Islands that are perfect for families with kids of all ages. Decide together what type of activity you wish to participate in and how much time you can commit. Perhaps you’d prefer a variety of activities on a rolling basis, or you’d rather dedicate your time to a single charity. Do your research and try to match the activity to your family’s interests so it doesn’t feel like a chore. When you have settled on a service, talk to your children about what to expect and be enthusiastic about your newfound responsibility! Plan a fun activity afterwards, such as getting ice cream, as a chance to discuss and reflect on what you have learnt.

Become an Animal Ambassador with CARE

What they do: Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts (CARE) is a self-funded volunteer organisation who are always looking for volunteers.


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How to help: CARE needs help transporting animals to the surgery to be spayed or neutered. There is a CARE van (which allows animals to be crated) that adults can drive accompanied by their kids. Families can also help build animal feeding stations or assist with their education programme within the local schools. Visit www.caymancare. ky/get-involved/volunteer. Who can help: Children of all ages can help if accompanied by an adult.

Dog Walking with the Humane Society

What they do: The Humane Society dogs love to be taken out for walks, whether it’s a short 10-minute jaunt or a trip to Seven Mile Beach to splash in the sea. How to help: Simply turn up any day of the week (mornings are best) and you will be paired with a pooch suitable for your family’s ages and experience. Who can help: Anyone and everyone! Children ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult - whether it be a parent or guardian.

Note: A number of kids on-Island request donations in lieu of birthday gifts, then personally drop the money off and visit the dogs and cats!

Volunteer at a Local Sporting Event

What they do: Cayman’s sporting events attract tons of competitors each year, but they would not be possible without the help of volunteers who offer services such as water station attendants, marshals, bag stuffing, clean up help and more. How to help: Contact event organisers directly. Big events such as the Flowers Sea Swim, Cayman Islands Marathon, Stride Against Cancer and Off the Beaten Track always need a hand. Visit the www.explorecayman.com/eventcalendar or www.caymanparent.com/cayman-events/ for a list of sporting events throughout the year. Who can help: Most event organisers will allow children to help, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Deliver Meals on Wheels (MOW)

What they do: MOW provides free, hot, nutritious meals to seniors, the homebound and the disabled throughout Grand Cayman. This service supplies them with the assistance needed to retain their independence in their own homes for as long as possible. How to help: Sign up as an MOW volunteer and take your children with you when delivering meals. Who can help: As long as there is an adult present, age is not a disqualifying factor.

Visit Sick Children with IMPACT 345

What they do: This charity recruits local teenagers to visit young patients undergoing charity-funded cardiac procedures at Health City Cayman Islands. How to help: Teenagers can sign up to visit sick patients. In addition, IMPACT 345 is always looking for donations of clothing, shoes, school supplies, toiletries and toys for the patients, plus clothing, shoes and toiletries for parents accompanying them. Who can help: Young adults aged 13 and up can register to volunteer. Email: we.are.impact345@gmail.com for information.

Community Involvement

Volunteering doesn’t need to be an organised activity. Families can partake in an hour of social, charitable and environmental activities on a basis that suits their schedule. Church groups and organisations like the Girl Guides, Scouts and the YMCA also provide great opportunities for children to take part in community engagement opportunities.

Pick Up Litter

How to help: Spend an hour a week cleaning up your local environment and help keep our stunning Islands beautiful. Plastic Free Cayman hosts monthly beach clean ups. Visit www.plasticfreecayman.com/volunteer/ for details. Choose a different park or beach each time and spend an hour picking up litter. Make a game out of it and see who can pick up the most.

Who can help: Children aged five and up. Be sure to wear gloves and close-toed shoes and supervise children closely.

Create ‘Thinking of You’ Cards for the Sick

How to help: Making cards for the elderly and sick is an easy yet meaningful way to lift a patient’s spirits and make a difference to their day. Residents of The Pines retirement community and patients of The Cayman Islands Cancer Society love to receive artwork and cards made by kids. Who can help: Children of all artistic abilities and ages can make cards for residents and patients. Why not make it a craft activity the next time your child has a play date!

Host a Bake Sale for Charity

How to help: Let children sell homemade cakes and donate the proceeds to a charity of their choice. Not only do the kids feel the satisfaction of helping a cause, but they also get to flex their baking and maths skills. Set up a stand outside your home at the weekend and ask your friends and neighbours to pop by for a delicious treat! Who can help: Children aged six and up can work on the stand, although adult supervision is advised.

Make a Food Donation Basket

How to help: Each time you shop at the supermarket, ask your child to pick a non-perishable item which can be donated to those in need. Once you have a number of items, donate it all to a local charity. With your child, take your donation box to charities such as Feed our Future or the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. Who can help: Kids aged four and up will begin to understand how their actions can make a difference to others.

Seasonal Giving

How to help: Christmas is a great time to introduce a family tradition of giving back and helping those who are less fortunate. Consider participating in the Camana Bay Christmas Give activities or by purchasing gift certificates at Foster's, Cost-U-Less, or any grocery outlet and donating them to ARK’s ‘Feed Cayman’ initiative. Who can help: Encourage the whole family to participate and spread goodwill to those in need. For more details on the organisations listed here, turn to page 240.

Case Study: A group of youths have been making waves in Cayman with their eye-catching campaign ‘Protect Our Future’, intended to draw attention to the impact human activity has on the environment. To see more of the great work they’re doing follow their Instagram: @protectourfuture.eco.



Q&A Carolyn Powell

Katharine Johnson

What or who inspired you to become a SEN teacher? After graduating from high school, I worked at a Preschool for the Deaf and I was really impressed with how the little ones took to sign language so naturally. I was encouraged by the Principal to enrol at MICO Teachers’ College and I did. I have not regretted that decision and have taught students with varying degrees and types of disabilities.

What or who inspired you to become a teacher? My parents instilled a genuine love of learning in me; my Mom was a primary school teacher and my Dad taught at the university in my home town.

What has been your proudest moment as a teacher? My proudest moment was when a student who was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome was able to read for the first-time using picture symbols. She was not only able to read to me but to others as well, which gave her a new interest in reading. Name one book you would recommend all parents of children with SEN should read and why? Steps to Independence – Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs by Bruce L. Baker and Allan J. Brightman. This easy-to-read book outlines practical activities that can improve a child's ability to function independently. What is your favourite topic to teach and why? Functional Academics as it enables the students to make connections between what they are learning and their everyday life experiences. I take them out of the classroom so they can perform tasks such as shopping and eating out. Do you have any concerns about your pupils leaving school? My concern is that the job market is very competitive and some employers may prefer employees that do not require a lot of supervision, and as such students with SEN may not be their first preference. It is my hope that as employers become more aware of the abilities of our students, they will make the necessary adaptations to support them in the workplace.

Originally from Jamaica, Carolyn is a Special Education Teacher at the Lighthouse School.


Which one book would you recommend all primary age children should read and why? James and the Giant Peach because it’s humorous and it stretches the imagination. Do you have any concerns about the level of interest in literacy amongst primary age children? As literacy coordinator at my school, I am blessed to witness a love of reading that is fostered in nursery aged children and developed through the primary school. Working with the community and families is essential when it comes to encouraging and nurturing a love of literacy. What has been your proudest moment as a teacher? I used to teach Year 1, and whenever I was part of teaching a child how to read, that was a very proud and exciting moment for me. Right now I teach Year 6, and seeing the children make the transition to high school is an extremely proud moment. If you could choose three famous authors or poets to present during school assembly who would they be and why? Shel Silverstein as he has written such powerful and accessible poetry, JK Rowling as it would be such an honour to hear from the mind that created Harry Potter, and finally Julia Donaldson as her stories are resonate with children of all ages. What is your favourite topic to teach? My favourite topic to teach is English – class novels, grammar, writing, poetry, comprehension - all of it!

Katharine is a Year 6 Teacher and Primary Literacy Co-coordinator at St. Ignatius Catholic School.

Celebrating Cayman's teachers

Lisette Jorge

Marcia Rennie

If you were going to volunteer in an underdeveloped country, where would you choose and why? India. I travelled there in 2013 to help with a local church and non-profit that worked in slums providing education, health and fun for local children. I found that through education many of those children would have better opportunities. I really enjoyed getting to know the families and see how the volunteers, church, and non-profit came together to advocate for the children and families.

What or who inspired you to become a teacher? When I was younger, I wanted to be a lawyer. However, I was greatly inspired by my high school French teacher who made learning fun. In fact, I went on to do my BA majoring in French.

What is your favourite topic to teach? History; it gives us the opportunity to learn from the past, understand why cultures and people had to do things a specific way, and compare it to what is current. It’s fun to see students’ reactions when they learn about a time period or culture that lived ‘without’ and how they were accustomed and found different ways to cope. What is your favourite trick to get your students attention? An attention grabber that I usually go with is a phrase they repeat back to me. "Class, class!" or "classity, class!" (in a sing song voice), then they respond with the same voice by saying, "yes, yes!" or "yessity, yes!". It’s a fun way to get their attention and it can be different every time. What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher? I find seeing a student get excited about sharing what they’ve learned with friends and family very rewarding. To me, that shows real learning because they’ve remembered, and it made an impact. From that point, there can be discussions in class and at home, which is even better enrichment for parents and teachers. To see and hear parents telling me about conversations they have about what their child learned shows it meant something and they’ll want to learn more.

Californian native Lisette is a Grade 4 teacher at First Baptist Christian School.

What has been your proudest moment as a teacher? There are so many, but recently a past parent came up to me and thanked me for helping her daughter overcome her reading difficulties. She was very proud to tell me she had just completed her first year of university and was doing so well. What in your opinion makes a good Principal? Someone who leads by example, is a good listener to both staff and students, and is open to change and new learning. In addition, someone who endeavors to build leadership skills in both staff and students. What is your greatest concern for future generations? My greatest concern is that they will not take advantage of a good education and acquire the necessary skills needed to prepare them for the future. If you could choose three famous people to present during assembly at Edna M Moyle Primary who would they be? Michelle Obama – advocate for education, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and a great role model for women young and old. Ronald Forbes – a young Caymanian athlete, from North Side, who can inspire our youth to excel in sports or in any area they put their minds to. Guy Harvey – marine conservationist, artist – very relevant to Cayman’s marine life and preservation. Which one book you would recommend to all children? I really love Dr. Seuss’ humorous and wise graduation speech in Oh the Places You’ll Go.

Canadian Marcia Rennie is the Principle at the Edna M Moyle Primary School.




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The Perfect Party

1. Choose a Venue. Cayman has numerous party venues which can take the stress out of organising! Kids will love a day spent skating at King's Sports Centre, which has a party room available for rent, or a day spent splashing around with turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre. See pages 222 and 239 for some more venue ideas. Cheaper Alternative: Host the party at home, at a park or on the beach. But bear in mind that while they are more wallet-friendly, they usually require more work! Cabanas at parks and beaches are free, although you’ll need to book online at www.rpcu.gov.ky. 2. Send out Invitations. You can buy beautiful invitations at any of Cayman’s party shops and some even offer customisation options. Cheaper Alternative: Utilise free and inexpensive digital email invitations such as those on Paperless Post or Evite. These same platforms can be used for sending out your ‘thank you’ notes post party! 3. Food & Drink. Party venues will usually provide food as part of their party package, but if you are hosting at home you will need to organise food and drinks. Try one of Cayman’s caterers, or the supermarkets can provide party platters of fresh sandwiches, snacks and fruit. Local bakeries can produce a delicious cake to match your theme. Cheaper Alternative: Make the sandwiches and cakes yourself or you can even just order pizzas or throw some burgers on the BBQ. Serve with chips and fruit skewers. 4. Photographs. It’s easy to forget to take photos of your child’s special day when you are rushing around organising children, so it makes sense to hire a professional photographer. Cayman’s photographers can capture all the highlights of your little one’s big day! 220

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Cheaper Alternative: Ask a friend or family member to be in charge of taking photographs with your camera so you can concentrate on the fun. Don’t forget to let them know if there are any key pictures you’d like, such as blowing out the candles. 5. Games & Entertainment. Face painters, magicians, balloon twisters and other entertainers will all elevate your child’s party, but make sure to book them well in advance. You could also hire a bouncy castle, water slide and giant garden games such as Connect Four, Jenga and Twister. Cheaper Alternative: Games such as musical statues, sleeping lions, blind man’s bluff and pass the parcel are suitable from about the age of four and offer lots of fun for little or no cost. 6. Theme & Decorations. Cayman’s party shops stock a wide variation of decorations. Popular themes include: Pirate (perfect for Cayman!), Disney, Mad Scientist, Frozen, Animals/ Jungle, Circus, Sports – the choices are endless. They also offer equipment rental such as tables and chairs. Cheaper Alternative: Keep the decorations simple with just some balloons and streamers – or even better, create your own bunting! You will find plenty of free templates online. 7. Party Favours. These are hugely popular and are a nice way for the birthday child to thank you for attending their party. Gifts can include pencils, stickers, mini colouring books, bouncy balls and a few sweets. Try and avoid too much plastic though. Cheaper Alternative: Give each child a small memento or slice of birthday cake to take home. Foster's at the Airport has a dollar aisle which may help with small items that won’t break the bank.

Camp Seafire

Cayman's favourite year-round kid's camp and party venue (ages 3–12) Whether your little ones are celebrating a birthday, or you’re enjoying some self-care at the Spa, Camp Seafire is the perfect fun-filled, flexible childcare choice. Designed to accommodate those ‘pop-up’ bank holidays and brunch babysitting needs; Camp Seafire offers hourly, half-day, full-day and weekly childcare as well as bespoke events. Meaning while the kids have fun, you can too!


Birthday Parties: From waterslides to watersports, bouncy castles to face painting and magicians to movies under the stars, we’ve got the perfect party for your little one. Featuring enough space to accommodate even the wildest party theme and an on-site Pastry Chef to help you design the ultimate birthday cake. School Holiday Camps: When school’s out, camp is in! Join Camp Seafire during every school break for themed activities, crafts and games. With half-day, fullday and whole week options, as well as early drop-off available, your out of school schedule has never been easier. Evening Events: Every Tuesday and Friday from 6–9pm drop off your little one for an evening of s’mores, kid’s karaoke, mocktail making, movies and more!

(345) 746 4048 | campseafire@seafireresortandspa.com | Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Seven Mile Beach

Party Mania Let the party begin

Party Mania offers an array of party supplies for anyone in Cayman planning an event. From birthday parties, baby showers, corporate events, graduation parties, weddings or a simple gathering between friends and family, Party Mania can help plan and accomplish your party needs. They also organise coordinated theme parties with all of the necessary customised party supplies and decorations, including balloons, shirts, caps, cups and more, at very affordable prices. Explore their many options for custom-made balloon arrangements, perfect for your next big bash!


Party balloons • Customised party favours • Professional, experienced party planners who bring their client's vision to life • Resourceful party planning


Weddings • Birthday parties • Baby showers • Corporate events • Anniversary parties • Kid's magician and clown • Graduation parties • Party favours • Inflatables • Event decor • Piñatas • Costumes • Masks • Face painting • Balloon artist • Party supply rentals • Floral arrangement services • Foam cups and containers • Paper products • Gift items • Disposable cutlery • Party banners • Wine glasses • Champagne flutes

(345) 945 3268 | caypartymania@gmail.com | www.partymania.com | Dorcy Dr, Fosters Airport Center www.caymanparent.com


Cayman Turtle Centre

Explore the Best Grand Cayman Excursions The Cayman Turtle Centre hosts birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events customised to every client. Using its marine adventure park, the Centre uniquely combines nature's wonders to offer a variety of scenic and exotic backgrounds to make any party special. In addition, they help plan the party by offering many customer services from limo services to flower arrangements that come together and create the most ideal way to celebrate. They also offer interactive activities, entertainment and prizes for endless options.


Cayman's premier party destination • Hosting birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events • Unique, natural setting • Offers interactive games DJ entertainment • Limo services • Choose an indoor or outdoor venue, including a beach setting • Custom activities for your party • Flower arrangements • Catering


Every day: 8am-5pm with last admission at 4.30pm • Turtle lagoon closes at 2.30pm, Breakers Lagoon and Turtle Twister water slide close at 4pm • Residential rates & annual passes available • Party favours • Wine glasses • Party banners • Book your appointment online

(345) 949 3894 | info@turtle.ky | www.turtle.ky | 786 NW Point Rd, West Bay

Pedro St. James Party Venue & Cultural Site

If you are looking to throw a party then Pedro St. James offers the unique combination of stunning scenery, custom catering, entertainment for children and experienced staff. Pedro St. James’ beautiful grounds have the capacity to accommodate parties for all occasions, whether it’s a small children’s party, baby shower or a wedding for up to 1,200 people. Mention this ad to receive free equipment rental on your booking, up to a party of 30 people (terms and conditions apply).


Children's Parties: With a multi-sensory movie theatre, an 18th Century Great House, a playground, Nature and History Trails, quizzes and lots of green space to run around on, your children are guaranteed to have a fun time at Pedro Castle! Princesses & Pirates: Dress your little ones up as Pirates or Princesses, and let them step back in time as they relive history exploring the rooms of the Great House and grounds. They can arrange tea parties, guided tours, and more.

Rum Tasting & Private Events: NEW! Local rum tastings are now available at the Outpost Bar, located on the beautiful Side Lawn with stunning ocean views. The Outpost Bar will cater to all your food, beverage, and event service needs. Any product, any party, any time.

(345) 947 3329 | info@pedrostjames.ky | www.pedrostjames.ky | Pedro Castle Rd, Savannah 222

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Party Marketplace Venues!

Mini Golf (18 Holes) Located at DECKERS Restaurant CI$5 Per Player

(345) 945 6600 manager@deckers.ky

National Trust

Host an Eco-Adventure Party at the National Trust Clubhouse. Includes access to a Playground Area & Garden.

(345) 749 1121

info@nationaltrust.org.ky Catering!


Dominos Pizza

Pizza Party â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pizza, Wings, Pasta, Sandwiches Plus Gluten Free Options


3 Girls & a Kiln

3GK Offers Art Classes & at Parties, for Kids & Adults their Camana Bay studio.

(345) 325 8217 www.3girlsandakiln.com


The YMCA Field of Dreams boasts an incredible ropes course and climbing tower for a unique party experience.

(345) 926 9622 info@ymcacayman.ky

King's Sports Centre

Birthday Party Packages, Bowling and Skating

(345) 946 5464


Fitness Connection Disco parties fo r up to 20 childre n.

(345) 949 8485 fitness@fitnes s.ky


Ocean Frontiers

Scuba & Snorkel Birthday Boat Charters Includes All Gear & Instruction

Daria Keenan

Specialising in photography full of light & joy

(Located in East End)

daria@pinkpalmstudio.com www.dariakeenan.com

Creations Unlimited


Call (345) 640 7500 to book www.oceanfrontiers.com

(Free Delivery)

Kirk Market

Party platters for every occasion!

(345) 949 7022 www.kirkmarket.ky

Professional Party Photography by Lucy Beighton

(345) 326 1557


Bubblz â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Gigglz Party Fun Hub Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting Bring your parties to us!

(345) 917 7757




After School Classes

& Activities

With such a wide range of children’s activities available for your kids to choose from, it can be a challenge to juggle not only their schedules, but also the costs associated with each. To make life a little easier, we have researched some of the different activities (and their costs) for you. − Lindsay Thompson Baseball/Little League

Free of charge. Children must bring their own glove, but the coaching, a uniform and all other items are included. Contact the Cayman Islands Little League at info@littleleague.ky or call (345) 945 3553.

Children’s Fitness

Bodylines Fitness is based upon the international 'Let’s Play Today' Programme. Term rates vary in price and length, ranging from 6-9-week sessions, costing between CI$110-$140. Email: bodylines@outlook.com.


$25 for the season, which includes water at each game, as well as a uniform/t-shirt. Email: kwik@villagegreenies.com.


Fees range from CI$125-$200 for a 10 class package. Contact Dona at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness on dona@crossfit7mile.com or Tarasa at CrossFitCayman on tarasa@crossfitcayman.com.


Cost for lessons can range from CI$120-$300 per term, with 1-2 lessons per week. Visit Centre Pointe Dance Studio at www. centrepointedancestudio.com; Miss Jackie’s School of Dance on (345) 949 7296 or Chance to Dance on (345) 926 5755.

Drama Training

Both the Cayman Drama Society and Musicians.ky offer acting classes for children of all ages and levels of experience. Contact the Cayman Drama Society at training@cds.ky or Musicians.ky at (345) 525 6787 or janine@musicians.ky for more information on classes and fees. Centre Pointe Dance Studio (contact details above) offers Musical Theatre classes.


Group gymnastics classes at Motions Unlimited range from CI$230-$458 for one/two sessions a week per term, dependent upon age and skillset. Open Gym is CI$10 and Toddler Play Days are CI$15. Email: info@motionsunlimited. com or call Kenzie on (345) 749 8365.

Horseback Riding

Beginner semi-private lessons starts from $25 for 30 mins.


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Group lessons start at approximately $50 per hour and a private lesson starts at $50 for 45 mins. See page 233 in the Listings for horseback riding schools.

Inline/Roller Hockey

Learn to skate sessions cost CI$100 per term at Kings' Sports Centre and participation on a team varies from CI$200-$350 per season. Visit www.kingssportscentre.com, email: kings@ candw.ky or call (345) 946 5464 for more information.


Roughly CI$180-$200 per month. Contact Cayman Karate Academy at (345) 623 5425, Cayman Associated School of Karate at (345) 925 3367, Purple Dragon Cayman Islands at (345) 946 1241 or The Cayman Martial Arts Academy at (345) 323 9778 for more information.

Music Lessons

The cost of private lessons range anywhere from CI$35-$45 for a half-hour session or CI$180-$260 for group sessions per term. For information contact Cayman Music School, website: www. caymanmusicschool.com, email: info@caymanmusicschool. com; JukeBox Mobile Music, website: www.jukebox.ky, email: info@jukebox.ky; or Musicians Ltd, website: www.musicians.ky, email: office@musicians.ky.

Oasis Aqua Park

Oasis Aqua Park is a unique inflatable playground, that provides entertainment for the whole family. Hourly passes start from CI$25.20. Visit www. oasisaquaparkcayman.com.


The Maples Group Community Junior Rugby season runs from October to May. Programmes are available for U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19. Annual Membership is CI$100. Visit www.caymanrugby.com or contact caroline.deegan@ caymanrugby.com for more information.

Tennis/Badminton/ Squash

Group lessons can range from CI$20-$35 per lesson, private lessons range from CI$65-$100 per hour. For more information on tennis lessons visit www.tennis.ky, www. caymantennisacademy.com, or call the Ritz-Carlton on (345)

815 6894 or cinsa.ky. For information on badminton contact call Chris Cole on (345) 925 3620 and for squash, visit www. squash.ky or CINSA.ky.


At the Sailing Club, a 6-week group sailing session ranges in price from CI$125 to CI$175. Private/semi-private hour-long lessons cost CI$55-$85. Contact coach@sailing.ky for further details.


Centre Pointe Dance Studio – (345) 926 9603 - and Cayman Music School - (345) 938 3838 – both offer private vocal training and singing lessons. Call for details.

for rent at the park, ranging from CI$2—CI$13 an hour a. Visit www.blackpearl.ky.



CI$100-CI$135 per season. Contact one of three experts onIsland: Academy Sports Club on admin@academysportsclub. ky, Sunset Football Club on pmacey@sunsetfccayman.com, or Excel Sports Management on (345) 925 4347, email: info@ esmcayman.ky.


Membership at the Black Pearl Skate Park ranges from CI$45 per month to CI$300 for a yearly membership. The drop-in rate is CI$7. Skateboards, BMX-bikes, scooters, table tennis and a wide assortment of other sports equipment are available

Semi-private and private lessons range from CI$20-CI$45 for a half-hour session. For a full listing of qualified swim teachers/ schools and clubs please visit the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association’s website: www.ciasa.ky.


There are several excellent yoga teachers on-Island specialising in kid's yoga. Popular choices are Yoga Sprouts and Kula Kids. Group and semi-private lessons range from CI$180CI$230 per term. Visit www.yogasproutscayman.com or www. kulakidsyogacayman.com.

Open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

Giving a New Meaning to Fun in the Sun! Oasis Aqua Park is a unique, inflatable playground that provides entertainment and excitement for the whole family! Cool down in the water as you run, jump, climb and slide your way across the obstacle course. Oasis is the only watersports attraction in the Cayman Islands that has certified life guards with over 30 years of experience; your safety is their number one priority.

• Action Tower • Trampoline • Water Roller • Waterslides • Lounge Ladder • Hurdles and Other Obstacles

Tourist/Visitor Rates: USD$30 & USD$25 per hour, depending on age.

Local/Resident Rates: KYD$15 & KYD$20 per hour, depending on age.

See website for information. Call or e-mail for Group Rates. 124 South Church St., George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (345) 917-1459 info@oasisaquaparkcayman.com oasisaquaparkcayman.com italVision; Halfpoint

Minimum age/height requirement for entry into the water park is 6 years old and/or 42” in height.



Getting the Most Out of

Your Library

The original George Town Public Library building against the backdrop of the 2009 extension.

With six branches operating across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, the Cayman Islands is lucky enough to have a Public Library System which boasts an extensive physical book collection for both adults and children, as well as a comprehensive eBook collection and an online database. But all these resources at the tip of your fingers begs the question: where do you begin? Get Signed Up

A great place to start getting the most out of Cayman’s library service is with a library card! Becoming a member at your local library gives you total access to its wealth of resources, as well as entry to a vibrant community and cultural centre. Members are able to use the library’s computer lab for free, and can take advantage of the designated quiet zones – perfect for doing your homework or reading a book in peace. After signing up, library card holders can check out a book for up to three weeks, with a chance to call and renew for another two! Children 17 and under can join the library for free, (adults age 18-59 pay $5. Seniors age 60+ join free). Membership forms can be found at www.cipl.gov.ky and should be printed off, filled out and brought into your local library branch.

Educational Programming

The Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS) proudly hosts an assortment of educational programmes that consider the needs of different age groups, different backgrounds and each local district. Below are some of the services offered to the local community.

Play, Read, Learn!

This library-based programme is for children between the ages of 3-5 with a parent or caregiver present, at the George Town


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and North Side public libraries. Days and times vary; contact the George Town Library on Tel: (345) 949 5159 for details. Summer Reading Challenge Runs July through August, at all library locations, and is geared toward school-aged readers as a means of developing a childhood enjoyment of reading and promoting continued reading and learning throughout the summer holidays. Saturday Chess Chess sessions, hosted by The Cayman Chess Club, are held from 11am-12pm every Saturday at the George Town Library and are designed to introduce beginners to the game, and help intermediate players develop their skills. It is open to children of all ages but a parent or caregiver must be in attendance. LibraTech - Level 1: Computer Basics One-day introduction to computers classes are offered at all six library branches; they cover basic computer skills and are free to all participants. The curriculum is designed for seniors and first-time computer users. Contact your local library branch directly for more details on course dates. Music at the Library The Cayman Arts Festival and the CIPLS proudly present monthly

949 7659. Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. • Cayman Brac Library 263B Stake Bay Road, Cayman Brac, Tel: (345) 948 0472. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am6pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Alternative Resources

In addition to Public Libraries, there are a number of alternative educational resources available to children and adults across Grand Cayman: School Libraries Many schools across the Island are equipped with a school library or student media centre. If your child’s school has a library, encourage them to get familiar with the various resources! Find out the hours of operation and what the book lending policies are.

Book Mobile photos courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman

one-hour concerts at the George Town Public Library, which includes classical music, in addition to poetry and readings from local poets and writers. Public Libraries With a branch in each district, and one location on Cayman Brac, the Island’s Public Library Service has continuously made strides to maintain the Islands’ widespread accessibility to information. Find your nearest branch below and start discovering all these great community hubs have to offer. • George Town Library 68 Edward Street, George Town, Tel: (345) 949 5159. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-7.30pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. • Vernon L. Jackson Library 69 Bodden Town Road, Bodden Town, Tel: (345) 947 0966. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-1pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman operates a ‘Book Mobile’ mobile library, filled with books for all ages. It is permanently parked next to the administration building at George Town Primary School and opens every Thursday from 12.30pm – 1.30pm for the children at the school to use in their lunch hour and also borrow books. For more information about the mobile library and volunteering opportunities please email info@kiwanis.ky. The Rotary Central ‘Little Free Library’ Programme is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Libraries are situated at various business establishments in the country in both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, and anyone can contribute or take books. Persons can take a book (or several) from any free library and return any book they choose to at any of the libraries on Islands. The Sam Basdeo Learning Resource Centre Located at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) it has some excellent academic resources within its collection. For further information on accessing their resources, please contact Mrs. Lucille Kong at (345) 623 0563 or email: lkong@ucci.edu.ky.

• East End Library 2739 Sea View Road, East End, Tel: (345) 947 7729. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-1pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. • North Side Library 891 North Side Road, North Side, Tel: (345) 947 9362. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-1pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. • Emily (Teacher) Redley Powery Memorial Library & Learning Centre 182 Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay, Tel: (345)



Raising Children When I was asked to write this article I was excited but intimidated. What could I possibly share with such a diverse and thoughtful audience? I'm no stranger to essays, so I brainstormed and collated my thoughts into a tidy set of notes, referencing all the usual suspects. I spent time thinking about opportunities to connect with peers and caring adults, sharing a common life purpose, giving kids space to dive into faith-related questions and doubts, learning to serve one another, family support, etc. Then I set out for a Saturday afternoon walk around the block.

with Faith

clean, shiny, sanitised one that we envision when a child is first born; but a dynamic, exciting plan that is full of twists and turns - and it is the best possible plan for them because He loves them and wants what's best for them! Joining a church or faith community doesn't guarantee that a child will know this loving Father, just as choosing not to join a faith community doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that they won't!

As I walked, I began to ask myself what I would say to you if we were sitting down to talk about kids and faith over coffee at Full of Beans or while taking a relaxing beach walk. And all of a sudden, my tidy little set of notes didn't seem like the right thing to share. Instead, here's what I know: the world is a mess. I'm a mess. You're a mess. Our kids are a mess (and if they aren't now, they will be). As Andy Stanley has said: "Either you were a mess, are a mess, or are one dumb decision away from becoming a mess". I think that pretty much sums it up. There are wonderful, amazing, stunningly beautiful things about life on earth. There are also terrifying, horrifying, shattering things about life on earth. If you don't believe me, turn on the evening news, pick up your phone, or ask an 11 year old about their day. Sooner or later, our kids are going to face both. So if we were meeting over coffee or chatting as we walk along the beach, here's what I would say, and here's what I want for our kids: I want them to know love. I want them to know goodness. I want them to know kindness that shocks them and grace that overwhelms them. I want them to know forgiveness when they feel like they are the worst person in the world, and I want them to know the joy of sharing that same forgiveness with others.


Photo of Cayman Islands Baptist Church by Paul Tibbets

But despite their flaws (and church families have many flaws... after all, we're all human and we're all a mess) or perhaps because of their flaws, communities of faith are opportunities for children and families of all shapes and sizes to connect, to grow, to love, to make mistakes, and to get back up again, confident in their love for one another and for the God who loves them without any conditions.

I want them to know peace that doesn't make sense because things are awful, and contentment that starts deep in their stomachs and spreads all over them until they heave a deep, satisfied sigh. I want them to know the anguish of empathising with the pain of another, and the relief when someone else helps carry their own emotional burden. I want them to know the wonder of a prayer answered, and the grateful hindsight of a prayer that went unanswered. I want them to know the compassion of caring until it hurts, and the humility of sacrificing for the sake of others. And most of all, I want them to know that there is a God who made them, who loves them unconditionally, and who paid the ultimate price so that He could have an authentic relationship with them for their whole lives. That He wants to be their strength when they can't take another step, their comforter when they are in despair, and their perspective when things don't make sense.

Carla Bregani is the Minister to Children at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church on Pedro Castle Road in Savannah. Their Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church starts at 10am on Sunday mornings and all are welcome.

It excites me to know that He has a grand life adventure planned for them; maybe not the 'health and wealth' squeaky-

For a list of Sunday School and Sunday Church times, see pages 239-240.

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So hi! My name is Carla, and I'm a mess. I'd love to welcome you and your child to our community of love and faith. Come on in!

School Age Best for Parents

Book Club Best for Children

This UK Sunday Times bestseller is a roadmap to unpicking your own childhood experiences and building positive parent-child relationships.

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this deliciously funny read-aloud book will have your kids laughing till they snort!

Parents rave about the book's positive advice on getting your children to open up and how to manage difficult situations.

With his trademark sense of fun, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs beautifully. The perfect book for kids heading off to school.

How to reset high conflict parenting styles and declare peace! An essential read on helping your child thrive whilst avoiding parental burnout.

Join the 6 million readers who have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, the ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. For ages 8+.

Best Digital for Parents

Best Digital for Children The Scummy Mummies Podcast, hosted by comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, is a brilliant podcast for lessthan-perfect parents. Free, available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Squeebles Times Tables is a fun learning app for school-aged kids. Features changeable difficulty levels and full stats to track your kids’ performance. £3.99, available for iOS or Android.



10 Hacks for Schoolies


1. Snacking made easy Keep snacks for the car in one place for the after-school commute with a shower caddy! You can repack it each day, ready for tomorrow’s drive.

6. Reward good behaviour Create a ‘marble jar’ rewards system. Each child gets a jar with their name on it – when they do something good they get rewarded with a marble.

2. Glitter be gone! Add a lint roller to your child’s craft station – stubborn glitter doesn’t stand a chance!

7. Water balloon fun Repurpose empty shampoo and soap bottles into water balloon pumps! Perfect for children’s birthday parties.

3. Bounce safely Cut up pool noodles and use them to protect little hands and feet from trampoline springs.

8. No more locked doors If locked doors are an issue in your household, cross a rubber band and hook it on the inside and outside door handle to stop the door from latching.

4. Jot it down Hang a list on the back of the front door with important lastminute reminders

9. Entertainment on the go Upcycle an empty DVD case into a portable colouring case. Fasten a pouch for coloured pencils to one side and a drawing pad to the other.

5. Trick or treat? Hide chocolate and sweets from children by storing them in the freezer in a frozen vegetable bag.

10. Happy feet Stretch new shoes by getting your child to put on a pair of thick socks and put their feet in the shoes. Then blow-dry them for a couple of minutes, keeping the shoes on until they cool.

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Listings Extracurricular Classes, Sports, Parties and Water Activities

Photo by Lisa Reid, Picture This



The Cayman Islands Athletics Association Tel: (345) 925 6468 or (345) 928 2726 The governing body for athletics in the Cayman Islands. 345 Athletic Club Truman Bodden Track, Olympic Way, GT. Email: dereklarner@management.ky Middle-distance team looking for runners and field event athletes. All ages and abilities are welcome. Falcon Athletics Web: www.falconathletics.ky Track and field club for primary and high school aged children with local and international meets throughout the year.


Badminton Association and Club Tel: (345) 925 3620 Email: caybadm@yahoo. com Sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 7.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Centre Pointe Dance Studio (CPDS) Alissta Towers, North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 926 5889 Email: centrepointedance@gmail. com Web: www.centrepointedancestudio.com Classes available for children from 2 year olds through to adults in the following disciplines: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop, Irish dancing, freestyle, musical theatre, drama and vocal training. Boys only classes are also available. Miss Jackieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Dance Pasadora Place, off Smith Road. Tel: (345) 949 7296 Disciplines include classical ballet, creative, freestyle, jazz, lyrical, tap and mature stretch classes. Private lessons and choreography are also offered. Students are accepted from the age of four. KRI Performing Arts School 98 Shedden Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 924 4089 Web: www.kriperformingarts.com Classes for kids (age 3 and up), juniors and teens. Lessons are available in salsa, jazz, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, Afro-Caribbean and reggae.

Cayman Islands National Dance Company Tel: (345) 916 0146 Classes are available to children aged 3 and up in ballet, creative movement, Zumba, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, reggae and reggaeton, hip-hop, lyrical and jazz styles.


Cayman Islands Basketball Association Tel: (345) 916 5083 Email: info@ caymanbasketball.com The programme participates in international competitions and has four leagues: under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-19, by gender.


Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation (CIVF) Email: youth@civf.ky Web: www.civf.ky Beach volleyball programmes are available for teenagers aged 8-18. Training and clinics can also be arranged.


Cayman Islands Boxing Association Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Olympic Way, George Town. Web: www.facebook.com/



Fitness Connection

Celebrating 30 Years of Fitness and Fun in Cayman

For 30 years, Fitness Connection has been Caymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leader in providing safe, effective fitness and aquatic programmes for families. They are committed to high quality, personalised programmes for both kids and adults. They love what they do! With a small and intimate facility located in the heart of South Sound, their kids camps, swimming lessons and personalised fitness classes are popular with residents and visitors alike!

Swimming: Fitness Connection is Grand Caymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier swim school and provides safe, effective fitness and aquatic programmes for children and adults of all ages and abilities. They offer a wide range of programmes with flexible onsite and mobile scheduling. Kids Night Out: On select Friday evenings, Fitness Connection offers a night of fun for your kids! Drop the kids off at 5.30pm for three hours of activities, food, music, games and more - a great Friday night in a safe and child-friendly environment. Kids Pick Up: Fitness Connection offers school pick-up from several local schools to

make life easier for working parents. Parents are able to easily schedule after-school care and swimming lessons all in one place.


Swim Lessons

Parent & Me Swimming Free Baby-Swim Orientation Kids & Adult Swim Lessons Onsite and Mobile

Adult Fitness

Aerobics/Group Fitness Pilates Aqua Fitness Personal Training

Camp Details

Holiday, Midterm and Summer Camps Ages 4-8, 8am-5pm

After-School Care

Tues & Thurs 2.30pm-5.30pm


Come Meet Our Team!

"We have over 30 years experience in educating and working with children of all ages and this is reflected in the programmes we provide". Laura Ribbins Owner, Fitness Connection

(345) 949 8485 | 1 Bambi Close | fitness@fitness.ky | www.fitness.ky 232

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caymanislandsamateurboxingassociation The gym and coaches are available to kids of all ages, Monday-Friday from 4pm-8pm.


Cayman Cricket Tel: (345) 945 6447 Email: secretary@ caymancricket.com Web: www.caymancricket. ky Coaching sessions are held on Saturdays (December-June) and as an afterschool club (March-June). Village Greenies Email: kwik@villagegreenies.com Web: www.villagegreenies.com The ‘Kwik Cricket’ programme is aimed at boys and girls aged between four and ten years old. The programme costs CI$25 and includes a t-shirt and water.


CrossFit 7 Mile Cannon Place, North Sound Road. Tel: (345) 925 1456 Email: info@crossfit7mile.com Private group lessons where kids are taught basic functional movement can be arranged for ages 8-17 years. Cayman CrossFit Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 929 8450 Web: www.crossfitcayman.com CrossFit Kids is for boys and girls ages 8-11 years of all fitness levels and capabilities. CrossFit Teens/Tweens (12-16) offers a class similar to an adult class. Classes start at 3.45pm and last 45 minutes on Mondays and Fridays.


See Diving Courses on page 236.


Academy Sports Club Tel: (345) 923 5374 Email admin@ academysportsclub.ky Web: www. academysportsclub.ky A range of football programmes for children ages 5-18. They offer a Saturday morning Junior Football programme for players aged 5-8 and a special football programme for children with autism and other special needs. Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Tel: (345) 949 5775 Email: info@caymanfootball. ky Web: www.caymanfootball.com Five leagues for boys and girls aged 11–21 years. The Maples Grassroots Programme for children aged 5-12 years is a FIFA-approved programme, with twice weekly training sessions. Excel Sports Management Tel: (345) 925 4347, Academy Field, George Town Email: info@esmcayman.ky Web: www. esmcayman.ky Pro football training, camps, and competitions. Sunset Football Club Email: pmacey@sunsetfccayman.com Coaching sessions for boys and girls aged 4-11 and training and matches for kids aged 12-17.


Cayman Islands Flag Football Association (CIFFA) Games held on the Camana Bay Playing Field. Web: www.ciffayouth.com A popular youth flag football league for boys and girls aged 7-19 years.


North Sound Golf Club Safehaven Drive, SMB. Tel: (345) 947 4653 Web: www.northsoundclub.com Year round junior camps and after-school programmes for junior golfers aged 6-12 years. Private lessons with PGA professionals are available. Cayman Crazy Golf Located next to Deckers, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 6600 An 18-hole mini golf facility that’s great fun for all the family. Adults and children are both charged $5 per round. Open 5pm-10pm daily. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman West Bay Rd, SMB. Tel: (345) 815 6500 Web: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/ grand-cayman/area-activities/activities/golf Private instruction from the ages of 5 upwards.

traditional WADO style karate, as well as a Tai Chi programme.


Turtle Netters Tel: (345) 916 1944 Email: caymannetball@ candw.ky Training sessions for children ages 4-10+ years are held every Saturday morning 8am-9am at Truman Bodden Sports Complex or John Gray High School gym. New members are always welcome.


Motions Unlimited Tel: (345) 749 8365 Email: info@ motionsunlimited.com Web: www. motionsunlimited.com Motions Unlimited offers parkour training to kids eight years and older.



King's Sports Centre Red Bay. Tel: (345) 946 5464 Web: www. kingssportscentre.com Family skating is on Saturdays from 4.30pm-7pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Teen Jam Skate is on Saturdays from 7pm-10pm.


The Rugby Club South Sound Road, South Sound. Tel: (345) 525 6743 Email: caroline.deegan@caymanrugby. com Web: www.caymanrugby.com Coaching programmes for children aged 3–19 years old.

Motions Unlimited Sparky Dr, Industrial Park, George Town. Tel: (345) 749 8365 Email: info@motionsunlimited. com Web: www.motionsunlimited.com Experienced coaches and state of the art gymnastics equipment for children. Cayman Riding School Hirst Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 926 7669 Email: caymanridingschool@gmail.com Dressage and jumping lessons. It is affiliated with the British Pony Club and Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation. Equestrian Centre Riding School & Boarding Stables Linford Pierson Highway, George Town. Tel: (345) 516 1751 Email: info@equestriancenter.ky Web: www.equestriancenter.ky A riding school and boarding stables. They also offer a “Pony Park” every Saturday morning where children can have pony rides for CI$5 and meet goats, rabbits and other small animals. Cowboy Town Stables 160 Lottery Road, Lower Valley. Tel: (345) 916 8571 Email: shanna@cowboytownstables. com Web: www.cowboytownstables. com Riding and horsemanship lessons. A certified therapeutic horsemanship instructor specialises in providing lessons for people with physical, mental, social and emotional disabilities and disorders. Spirit of the West Barker's Beach, West Bay. Tel: (345) 916 6488 Email: info@seahorses.ky Web: www. caymanbeachrides.com Accompanied beach rides with a Caribbean Swim Ride option. Resident rates are available.


Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts Reliable Building, Compass Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 1241 Email: purple@candw.ky Web: www.purpledragon.ky Purple Dragon teaches the martial arts system called Don Jitsu Ryu for children aged four and older. Cayman Associated Schools of Karate (C.A.S.K.) King’s Sports Centre, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 925 3367 Email: caskkarate@gmail. com Web: www.caskcayman.com Youth (ages 4-12), co-ed adult and women-only classes, in



Black Pearl Skate Park Grand Harbour Shopping Centre, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 939 1301 Email: skate@blackpearl. ky Web: www.blackpearl.ky 62,000sq ft of beginner, intermediate and expert flow, as well as street courses, plus three half-sized basketball courts. Equipment available to rent.


South Sound Squash Club 25 Anne Bonny Crescent, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 9469 Web: www.squash.ky Junior coaching is available from ages five and up at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.


Fitness Connection 1 Bambi Close, Glen Eden Road. Tel: (345) 949 8485 Email: fitness@fitness.ky Web: www. fitness.ky A Starfish Aquatic Institute Training Centre offering a variety of programmes for all ages and abilities. Swimming lessons for babies begin at 6 weeks old. Private and group classes available. CBAC (Camana Bay Aquatic Club) 95 Minerva Drive, Camana Bay. Email: cbac@camanabay.com Web: www. camanabayaquaticclub.com Competitive swim club with professional coaching for children ages 5-18 of all abilities. Group and private lessons for ages 18 months - 10 yrs old. Darren Mew Sports and Fitness (SMS) Lions Aquatic Centre, Olympic Way George Town & Grace Christian Academy, West Bay Tel: (345) 323 9512 Swimming lessons for ages 3 and upwards.Home lessons available. Stingray Swim Club Lions Aquatic Centre, Olympic Way George



Town. Email: stingrayheadcoach@gmail. com Web: www.caymanswimming.com Competitive swimming club for ages 6 and up. Sky Blue Aquatics Tel: (345) 916 0054 Email: info@ skyblueaquatics.com Web: www. skyblueaquatics.com Mobile swimming instructors with lessons for ages four months to adults. Private, semi-private and small group lessons provided. Synchronised Swimming (CBAC) Tel: (345) 326 8331 Email: caymanitesynchro@ gmail.com Web: www.facebook.com/ caymanitesynchro Training for young swimmers ages 5 - 17. Swimmers must be confident in deep water and be able to tread water before joining the team. Thrive Fit Tel: (345) 938 1113 Web: www.thrivefitcayman. com Mobile swimming instruction for children aged 6 months and upwards. Private, semiprivate and group lessons available.


The Cayman Islands Tennis Club Bonny Crescent, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 9464 Email: tennis@tennis.ky Web: www. tennis.ky Coaching available from the ages of three to adults. After school programmes are also offered plus tournaments held throughout the year. Cayman Tennis Academy 1960 West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 547 6257 Email: contact@ caymantennisacademy.com Web: www.

caymantennisacademy.com Lessons for kids aged 3-10 years on their half-sized tennis courts. For ages 10 and up lessons are held on full-sized courts. Private, group lessons, and after school programmes are also offered. The Courts at The Ritz-Carlton Ritz-Carlton Drive, Esterly Tibbetts Highway. Tel: (345) 323 0049 Email: caymantennis@ ritzcarlton.com Private or semi-private lessons offered for ages 3-16 years old. After school classes available. Cayman Sports Tel: (345) 926 2776 Email: warren@ caymansports.net Web: www.caymansports. net Private and group lessons are available with ex-Wimbledon coach Warren Urquhart for ages 4 and up. Cayman Performance Tennis Tel: (345) 927 8690 Email: micabeach@gmail. com Web: www.caymanperformancetennis. com Private and group tennis lessons from the age of 6.


King’s Sports Centre Red Bay. Tel: (345) 946 2695 Email: kingpinbowling@candw.ky Web: www. kingssportscentre.com Four bowling lanes plus a lounge and bar area.


Yoga Sprouts Tel: (345) 326 9876 Email: info@ yogasproutscayman.com Web: www. yogasproutscayman.com Yoga classes from 3 months to 8 years old.

Watersports Operators Action Watersports Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Tel: (345) 548 3147 Email: reservationsactionwatersports@ gmail.com Web: www.ciactionmarine.com Waverunner tours and rentals for thrill seekers. All Aboard Charters Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Tel: (345) 922 2177 Email: info@allaboardcharters.ky Web: www. allaboardcharters.ky Private boat charters with tours to Stingray City and around the North Sound. Atlantis Submarines 30 South Church Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7700 Email: cayman@atlantissubmarines. com Web: www.caymanislandssubmarines. com Submarine tours. Amphibious Buses Tel: (345) 945 8687 Web: www. marinelandtours.com Family friendly sea tours with buses that go into the sea providing underwater viewing. Cayman Kayaks Tel: (345) 926 4467 Web: www.caymankayaks. com Bioluminescence tours by kayak and electric-catamaran. Cayman Luxury Charters Boats leave from the Camana Bay Dock. Tel: (345) 938 2525 Email: info@ caymanluxurycharters.com Web: www. caymanluxurycharters.com Luxury private boat charters suitable for families.

Ambassadors of the Environment

Discover the wonder of nature | The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman With activities for children and adults alike, Ambassadors of the Environment introduces guests to the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands. Through our unique Caribbean eco-tours, the island’s ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having fun. At the heart of the Grand Cayman eco-tours are four basic principles: everything is connected; there is no waste in nature; everything runs on energy and biodiversity is good.

Ambassadors Kids

Turtle Tales • Ambassadors in the Kitchen • Cayman Connection • Sea Floor Submarine Adventure • Snorkelling 101

Ambassadors Youth

Focus on Photography • Cayman Castaway • Night Snorkel • Shipwreck Snorkel • Mangrove Kayak Adventure • Cayman Snorkel Odyssey

Adults and Families

Mangrove Kayak Tour • Underwater Videography Snorkel • Family Open House • Reef Discovery Snorkel • Fish Frenzy Snorkel • Star Gazing

(345) 815 6120 | caymanambassadors@ritzcarlton.com | The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach 234

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Cayman Sea Elements Dock C4, Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Tel: (345) 936 8687 Email: caymansea@gmail.com Web: www.caymanseaelements.com Mangrove kayak, bioluminescent and Stingray City tours. Cayman Stand Up Paddle Co. (CSUPco) Tel: (345) 938 4787 Email: info@ caymanstanduppaddleco.ky Web: www. caymanstanduppaddleco.ky Paddleboard rentals. A great activity for families. CSUPco will deliver the boards to you and offer a quick lesson. Charter Cayman Tel: (345) 923 4266 Email: info@chartercayman. com Web: www.chartercayman.com Bespoke private boat charters designed for small groups and families with younger children. Dolphin Discovery North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 769 7946 Web: www.dolphindiscovery.com/ grand-cayman Dolphin adventures suitable for children. Frank’s Watersports Safehaven Marina, SMB. Tel: (345) 945 5491 Email: cptfrank@candw.ky Web: www. frankswatersports.ky Customised family friendly trips to the North Sound. Kitesurf Cayman Barker's Beach, West Bay. Tel: (345) 927 9463 Email: info@kitesurfcayman.com Web: www. kitesurfcayman.com Suitable for children aged nine and above who can swim. Ocean Frontiers 344 Austin Conolly Dr, East End. Tel: (345) 640

7500 Email: frontdesk@oceanfrontiers.com Web: www.oceanfrontiers.com A variety of small-group snorkel trips which are great for families. Oh Boy Charters 292 Raleigh Quay, Governors Harbour. Tel: (345) 945 5033 Email: ohboycharters@ candw.ky Web: www.ohboycharters.com Fully customisable boat trips plus fishing, snorkelling and sunset charters. Parasailing Professionals Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 916 2953 Web: www.parasailgrandcayman.com Parasailing rides along Seven Mile Beach. Minimum age is five years, when accompanied by a parent. Point Blue Sailing Boats leave from Camana Bay, Barcadere and Kaibo. Tel: (345) 925 7772 Email: dean@pointbluesailing.ky Web: www. pointbluesailing.ky Luxury private sailing charters that can be customised to you and your family’s needs. Red Sail Sports Located at the Kimpton, Camana Bay, Westin Beach Resort, Marriott Beach Resort, Rum Point and Morritt's Tortuga Resort. Tel: (345) 623 5965 Email: info@redsailcayman.com Web: www.redsailcayman.com Banana boat rides, sailing and diving. Beach toys available for rent. Sail Cayman Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Tel: (345) 916 4333 Email: neil@sailcayman.com Web: www. sailcayman.com A full service private charter company offering a variety of sail and power

boat excursions, all suitable for families. Bioluminescence charters are also available. Soto’s Cruises 120 Palm Heights Drive, SMB. Tel: (345) 945 4576 Email: scruises@candw.ky Web: www. sotoscruises.com Guided snorkelling boat tours suitable for families. SNUBA & Sea Trek Balboa Beach, George Town. Tel: (345) 926 0008 Email: reservations@seatrekcayman. com Web: www.snubacayman.com or www. seatrekcayman.com Underwater tours for non-divers. Suitable for children ages eight and up. Tours Cayman Safehaven Marina, off Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 814 0170 Email: shaneebanks3@gmail. com Web: www.tourscayman.net A range of boat tours suitable for families. White Sand Water Sports Located at the Wyndham Reef Resort, East End. Tel: (345) 938 7263 Email: whitesandwatersports@gmail.com Web: www. whitesandwatersports.com Family friendly activities including snorkel and kayak tours, stand-up-paddleboarding and hobie cat sailing.

Sports Clothing & Equipment Activ Angels 10 Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 946 2645 Web: www.activangels.com A large selection of swimwear and sun protection tops for children.

Centre Pointe Dance Studio

Quality Dance & Performing Arts Instruction At Centre Pointe Dance Studio it is their goal to provide exceptional training in the areas of dance, drama and musical theatre. They are focused on developing students' natural selfexpression, creativity and musicality through their unique classes and performing arts programme. CPDS encourages students to express themselves and to strive for excellence in all they do - both inside and outside of the studio.


Fully integrated dance/musical theatre programme • External examinations offered 2/3 times per year • Outstanding examination results across all areas • Student-led fundraising activities • Student teaching education programme • Boys' performance school • Integrated Preschool programme • Fully qualified and experienced teachers


Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 3pm-7.30pm, Saturday 9am-4.30pm Ages: 2 Years to Early Adulthood Cost: Fees start from $185 per term

(345) 926 5889 | centrepointedance@gmail.com | www.centrepointedancestudio.com | 107-109 Alissta Towers www.caymanparent.com


Bliss LIving Yoga Marquee Plaza, Lawrence Blvd. Tel: (345) 949 9642 Web: www.blissyogacayman.com. Sells Lululemon, JIVA and Dharma Bums yoga wear and equipment. Sport ‘N’ Zone Hospital Road Plaza, Walkers Road, George Town Tel: (345) 945 6453 Sells branded clothing and footwear including Nike, Reebok, Adidas and more. Sports Supply Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 7884 Web: www.sportssupply.ky Offers clothing for football, yoga, tennis and general fitness. Brands include Nike, Adidas, Asics, Champion and Under Armour. They also stock watersports equipment and home gym equipment. Waterman Cayman Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 769 7873 Sells equipment and clothing for watersports such as paddleboarding, surfing and kiteboarding.

Diving Courses Local diving companies offer a number of programmes for children, who can become PADI certified (Junior Open Water Diver) as early as age 10. Those who are younger have several options: the Bubblemaker programme is available to 8-9 year olds, and is a chance for them to try out scuba gear in the confines

of a pool under the supervision of a qualified instructor. For children aged 5-8 years, there is S.A.S.Y (Supplied Air Snorkelling for Youth). This is for surface snorkelling only, but participants wear buoyancy jackets and regulators so they can feel what it might be like to use dive gear. Ambassador Divers 22 Piper Way, Comfort Suites Resort Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 949 4530 Web: www. ambassadordivers.com Various dive courses and boat dives. Divetech Lighthouse Point, North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 946 5658 Email: info@divetech. com Web: www.divetech.com They offer the S.A.S.Y. training to children aged six and up. Don Fosters 218 South Church Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 5132 Email: dfd@donfosters.com Web: www.donfosters.com They offer Discover Scuba Diving classes, Open Water and Divemaster courses plus shore diving and snorkeling. Eden Rock Diving Center 124 South Church Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 7243. Web: www.edenrockdive.com Full range of dive courses, guided dives, snorkelling and great shore diving. Fitness Connection 1 Bambi Close, Glen Eden Road, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 8485 Email: fitness@fitness.ky Web: www.fitness.ky They run PADI courses for kids including the Seals programme, Junior Open

Water Diver and scuba. Private courses can be arranged. Red Sail Sports Tel: (345) 623 5965 Email: info@redsailcayman. com Web: www.redsailcayman.com They offer the Bubblemaker programme for 8-9 year olds. Sunset Divers 390 South Church Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 6789 Web: www.sunsethouse. com They offer various dive courses plus boat and shore dives along with dive photography courses. Wall to Wall Diving Lobster Pot Dive Centre, 245 North Church Street, George Town. Tel: (345) 916 6408 Web: www.walltowalldiving.com A range of dive courses, boat dives and private charters. White Sand Watersports Located at The Wyndham Reef Resort & Colliers Beach, East End. Tel: (345) 916 7263. Web: www. whitesandwatersports.com PADI courses, boat tours, snorkel trips, jet skis, kayaks and more.

Outdoor Facilities & Attractions Ambassadors of the Environment The Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 815 6120 Email: grandcaymanambassadors@ ritzcarlton.com Web: www.ritzcarlton. com/en/hotels/caribbean/grand-cayman Eco adventure days through Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment programme.

Must Love Dogs

The Island's ultimate pet destination With two locations Must Love Dog is the Island's ultimate pet destination to spa and spoil your dogs or cat. The boutique in Camana Bay carries a wide range of essentials and luxuries. The grooming spa offers full bath and blow dry, and walk in nail treatments. Retail focuses on organic, high quality nutrition along with the latest toys and gear to keep your dog and cat healthy and happy. George Town houses doggie day care and cage free lodging. Basic, social group and private training classes are also available. Must Love Dogs is an IPATA member for all your EXPORT/IMPORT travel pet services.


Dog and cat grooming • Nail trim walk ins • High quality nutrition for optimal pet health • Doggie day care and overnight boarding • Customised training with gold medallist trainer Heidi Suarez • FETCH - Must Love Dogs pick up and drop off for services including day care and grooming along with dog and cat food delivery • IPATA Member for world wide pet travel services


Group & private training with Heidi Suarez • Adventure camp • Agility and trick classes • Travel club

(345) 746 7222 | info@mustlovedogs.com.ky | www.mustlovedogs.com.ky | Camana Bay 236

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Black Pearl Skate Park Grand Harbour Shopping Centre, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 939 1301 Email: info@blackpearl.ky Web: www.blackpearl.ky 62,000sq ft of beginner, intermediate and expert flow, as well as street courses, plus three basketball half courts. Equipment available to rent.

Crystal Caves 69 North Side Road, Old Man Bay, North Side. Tel: (345) 949 2283 Email: info@ caymancrystalcaves.com Web: www. caymancrystalcaves.com Tour the specially-lit underground caves of Cayman.

Blue Iguana Safari Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, off Frank Sound Road, North Side. Tel: (345) 749 1121 Email: info@ nationaltrust.org.ky Web: www.nationaltrust. org.ky Meet the endangered Blue Iguana on this guided tour. Book through the National Trust.

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Esterley Tibbetts Highway, south of Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 945 8111 Email: info@nationalgallery.org.ky Web: www. nationalgallery.org.ky Home to the national art collection with activities and programmes for children and families.

Cayman Islands National Museum 3 Harbour Drive, Waterfront, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 8368 Web: www.museum.ky Permanent exhibitions plus changing galleries (including one for children) and an audiovisual theatre. Residents enter for free on the first Saturday of every month.

Pedro St. James Castle Pedro Castle Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 947 3329 Email: info@pedrostjames.ky Web: www.pedrostjames.ky Historic 18th Century Great House overlooking the sea with a multisensory movie theatre and playground .

Cayman Motor Museum 864 North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 947 7741 Web: www.caymanmotormuseum. com View classic automobiles, motorcycles, power boats and historical exhibits. Open November - May. Cayman Turtle Centre 786 North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 3894 Web: www.turtle.ky Meet the sea turtles and other sea creatures. Also features a pool, a crocodile, nurse sharks, a waterslide and waterfall for children.

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park Off Frank Sound Road, North Side. Tel: (345) 947 9462 Email: manager@botanic-park.ky Web: www.botanic-park.ky A 65 acre park to explore. It is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna. Famous for its partnership with the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, the park maintains the natural habitat for the native Blue “Dragons” found only in Grand Cayman.



Cooking for a crowd can be challenging! Worries about preferences, quantity, dietary

requirements and allergies. Save money, stress and offer a versatile menu by hiring a catering company for your next event. The Cake Studio Tel: (345) 926 4944 Email: thecakestudio@ ymail.com Web: www.thecakestudiocayman. com Carousel Creative Catering Tel: (345) 946 0926 Email: orders@carousel. ky Web: www.carousel.ky Domino's Pizza Tel: George Town (345) 949 8282, Savannah (345) 947 1188, West Bay (345) 949 6633 Web: www.dominos.ky Party specials with pizza, chicken wings, pastas, sandwiches and glutenfree options. Foster’s Tel: (345) 945 3663 Email: catering@fostersiga.com Web: www.fosters-iga.com A wide selection of party platters, fruit baskets and cakes. Hurley’s Supermarket Tel: (345) 947 8488 Web: www.hurleys.ky Party trays, sushi, cakes and pizzas. Kirk Market Tel: (345) 949 7022 Email: preparedfoods@ksl. ky Web: www.kirkmarket.ky Catering services including gourmet appetisers, sandwiches, wraps, snacks and desserts. Mise en Place Tel: (345) 623 2433 Email: info@catering.ky


Inspiring Youth | Building Character | Strengthening Community

The YMCA of the Cayman Islands is a charitable, cause-driven, non-profit organisation that strengthens the community through a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They aim to address the unique challenges of their society in a pro-active and compassionate way; and they believe that by instilling the values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and faith, they help build character that lasts a lifetime.


Character Development Programme, focused on teaching and reinforcing core values, incorporated into all programmes • Activities include arts & crafts, swimming, team building, outdoor adventure and sports • Y Day Camp expanded to Cayman Brac and 3 locations in Grand Cayman • Teen Leaders gain real-life, hands-on experience as Counselors-in-training • Highly trained staff and volunteers • Member of the YMCA World Alliance


Y Day camp offered during summer months and school breaks for ages 5-12, after school programme, Teen Leaders for ages 13-17, ropes challenge course, BesTeams Team Building & Leadership Development

(345) 926 9622 |info@ymcacayman.ky | www.ymcacayman.ky | www.caymanparent.com


Web: www.catering.ky Catering for birthday parties, baby showers and other celebrations, large or small. Also offers custom-made cakes.

Celebrations Tel: (345) 623 2044 Web: www.celebrationsltd. com

Petit Paris French Bakery Tel: (345) 328 4000 Email: info@ppcayman. com Catering for every occasion, large or small with sandwiches, baguettes, salads, cakes and more.

Trisha’s Roses North Church Street, GT. Tel: (345) 949 2423 Web: www.trishasroses.com

Scratch Gourmet Desserts Tel: (345) 923 0081 Web: www. scratchgourmetdesserts.com Scratch makes cakes, doughnuts and French macaroons all from scratch. Treats Tel: (345) 945 4262 Email: treatsrestaurant@ gmail.com Catering for all types of parties.


Celebrations Tel: (345) 623 celebrationsltd.com




Poppet Studio 33 Eclipse Drive, Eastern Avenue. Tel: (345) 926 2551 Email: thepoppetstudio@gmail.com


Fresh flowers can add just the right touch to any occasion. Let Cayman's floral experts guide you in selecting the perfect flowers based on your budget, season and price.

Every Bloomin’ Thing 384 Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 1701 Email: floral@ebt.com.ky Web: www.ebt. com.ky


Balloonimals345 Tel: (345) 917 7757 Email: balloonimals345@ gmail.com Balloon animals and face painting available for private parties and public events. Cayman Face Painting Tel: (345) 922 6407 Email: kyfacepainters@ gmail.com Provides fun and creative face painting.

and events. A range of props and party packs are also available. Shilpa’s Creative Unique Arts Tel: (345) 927 1763 Email: tshilpa74@gmail.com Henna tattoos, face painting and arts and crafts activities.


Art'y Parties 6 Devon Road, Prospect. Tel: (345) 928 0284 Email: artypartiescayman@yahoo.com Web: www.artypartiescayman.com Face painting, airbrushed tattoos, magic shows and clowns, both on and off-site. It’s Your Party Bodden Place, Shedden Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 4453 Email: sherleenduval@gmail. com Web: www.itsyourparty.ky.

Infinite Legacy Entertainment Tel: (345) 326 2662 Email: infinitelegacycayman@gmail.com Singer Isadora Ferrao performs at parties and weddings with an accompanying band.

Party Mania Dorcy Drive, Foster's Airport Center, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 3268 Web: www. caypartymania.com Party decorations, balloons, piñatas and costumes. Party rentals available including inflatables, tables, chairs, bouncy castles and more. Flowers and floral arrangements also available.

Paradise Pixies Tel: (345) 926 5200 Email: paradise_pixies@ yahoo.com Face painting, body painting and temporary tattoos by professional painters.

Party Source Paddington Place, George Town. Tel: (345) 947 2789 Email: party.source@hotmail.com Web: www.partysource.ky.

Partybooth Cayman Web: www.partyboothcayman.com Tel: (345) 926 4100 Customised photo booths for parties

PartyVille 38 North Sound Road, Plaza Venezia. Tel: (345)

Excel Sports Management


Skill • Speed • Strength • Spirit • Sense Excel Sports Management is a premier football development programme founded by former Cayman Islands National Football player Virgil Seymour. Through professional coaching, high-quality camps, overseas training and international football tours, their goal is to provide a safe and challenging football environment for players to develop to their fullest potential.


UEFA licensed coaches • Training for all abilities and ages • Afterschool training for players aged 4 - 16 • International football tours • School holiday camps • Private lessons • USA College recruitment referrals • Professional trials in Europe


All training at Academy Field in George Town Flexible afterschool hours (345) 925 4347 | Academy Field, George Town info@esmcayman.ky | www.esmcayman.ky


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943 8455 Email: partyvilleltd@gmail.com Web: www.facebook.com/thepartyvillegcm/ Party supplies for all events including decorations, table wear, costumes, balloons, bouncy castles, face painting and more. They also offer a party planning service.


Super Stitch Sewing and Fabric Centre Tel: (345) 949 2833 Creative Fashion & Design Tel: (345) 949 0034 Smith Road Sewing and Supplies Tel: (345) 949 8407


Art Nest 131 Center, Maclendon Drive, GT. Tel: (345) 949 0107 Email: artnestcayman@gmail.com Web: www.artnestcayman.com Themed children’s parties with art activities, staff supervision, games and music. Art’y Parties 6 Devon Road, Prospect. Tel: (345) 928 0284 Email: artypartiescayman@yahoo.com Web: www.artypartiescayman.com Various packages available which include art projects, music, dancing, food, gift bags, decorations, magic shows and more. Beach and Park Cabanas Tel: (345) 946 8250 Web: www.rpcu.gov.ky Cabanas are free to hire on public beaches and in local parks. However, bookings are required. Black Pearl Skate Park Grand Harbour, Red Bay. Tel: (345) 939 1301 Email: info@blackpearl.ky Web: www. blackpearl.ky The skate park can be hired for fun and games. Equipment rental and food packages available. Bon Vivant Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 623 2665 Email: info@bonvivant.ky Web: www. bonvivant.ky Fun and interactive cooking parties where kids will prepare a child-friendly meal from scratch. Bright Start Learning Centre 7 Mile Shops, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 3017 Email: brightstartmail@gmail.com Web: www.facebook.com/brightstartgrandcayman Cayman Riding School Hirst Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 926 7669 Email: caymanridingschool@gmail.com. Cayman Turtle Centre 786 North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 3894 Email: info@turtle.ky Web: www. turtle.ky Parties offering interactive games, activities and music. Equestrian Centre Linford Pierson Hwy, George Town. Tel: (345) 516 1751 Email: info@equestriancenter.ky Web: www.equestriancenter.ky Kids parties include pony rides, access to the petting zoo, staff supervision and picnic areas. Holiday Inn 278 Crighton Drive, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 949 3100 Email: reservations@ grandcaymanian.ky Pool parties with staff

supervision and food options. Fitness Connection Bambi Close, Off South Church Street, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 8485 Email: fitness@ fitness.ky Web: www.fitness.ky Pool/ disco parties with various options including activities, music, games, decorations and staff supervision. Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa Tel: (345) 746 4048 Email: campseafire@ seafireresortandspa.com Waterslides, watersports, bouncy castles to face painting and magicians to movies under the stars. King’s Sports Centre Crewe Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 5464 Email: kings@candw.ky Web: www. kingssportscentre.com Bowling and roller/ in-line skating parties. They also offer multi purpose rooms to host events and parties. Food and drink packages available.

Waterpark, The Courts or Ambassadors of the Environment. Tweenage Dreams 28 Pasadora Place, George Town. Tel: (345) 947 5457 Email: info@tweenagedreams.com Themed birthday parties with games, crafts and karaoke. Cakes and food options available. Starfish Village Market Street, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 640 7827 Email: info@starfish.ky Web: www. starfishvillage.com Various party packages available including activities, games, staff supervision, party food, cake, decorations and entertainment options. Yoga Sprouts Tel: (345) 326 9876 Email: yogasproutscayman@gmail.com Web: www. yogasproutscayman.com Party packages include yoga, craft activities, supervision, food and drinks. Parties can be hosted

Lil’ Monkeys Bodden Place, Shedden Road. Tel: (345) 916 4830 Email: lilmonkeyscayman@gmail.com Web: www.lilmonkeyscayman.com Various party packages with an indoor playground and activities for kids from six months to 10 years old.

BabyLove Newborn Photography Email: info@babylove.ky Web: www. babylove.ky Specialises in newborn, First 48 and maternity photography.

Margaritaville 32 Harbour Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6274 Web: www.margaritavillecaribbean.com/ grand-cayman Pool parties with several food and beverage packages available.

Creations Unlimited Eucalyptus Building, Shedden Road. Tel: (345) 326 1557 Email: lucy@creations.ky Web: www.creations.ky Parties, newborn, maternity and family photography.

Mini Golf Located next to Decker’s Restaurant, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 6600 18 holes of junglethemed crazy golf.

Cathy Church's Photo Centre Sunset House, South Church Street, South Sound. Tel: (345) 949 7415 Email: info@ caymanphotographers.com Web: www. cathychurch.com Photography for parties, maternity, newborn, families and more.

Motions Unlimited Gymnastics Studio Sparky Drive, Industrial Park. Tel: (345) 749 8365 Email: info@motionsunlimited.com Children’s parties held on Saturday afternoons. Make sure to book in advance. National Gallery Esterley Tibbetts Highway, south of Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 945 8111 Email: events@nationalgallery.org.ky Web: www. nationalgallery.org.ky Themed parties with art activities, play area, games, staff supervision and food options. The Jolly Roger Tel: (345) 922 9922 Email: info@ jollyrogercayman.com Web: www. jollyrogercayman.com Pirates themed parties aboard the Jolly Roger ship. Pedro St. James Pedro Castle Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 947 3329 Email: info@pedrostjames.ky Web: www.pedrostjames.ky Several lawn areas and a playground available to rent. Pirate and princesses tea parties available. Food can be provided or parents bring their own. Kids can watch the theatre show, take part in nature and trails, and explore the 18th Century Great House. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 943 9000 Web: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/caribbean/grand-cayman Birthday parties available at either Starfish Cay

on or off-site. Photographers

Daria Keenan Photography Email: daria@pinkpalmstudio.com Web: www. dariakeenan.com Daria captures genuine, joyful, sunkissed portraits. Maternity, newborn and family photography. Deep Blue Images 13 Caymanian Village, North Sound Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 916 0016 Email: info@deepblueimages.com Web: www. deepblueimages.com Family, children and event photography. Picture This 9 Forum Lane, Camana Bay. Tel: (345) 943 3686. Web: www.picturethis.ky Email: admin@picturethis.ky Party photography, family photography, newborn, bump pictures and more Rebecca Davidson Photography Tel: (345) 916 1654 Email: weddings@ rebeccadavidson.com Web: www. rebeccadavidson.com An expert in capturing stunning family photography.

Sunday School & Church Services


St. Alban’s Church of England 461 Shedden Road, George Town. Tel: (345)



949 2757 Web: www.churchofenglandcayman. org Sunday Matins 8.30am; Church School 9am; Holy Communion 9.30am with Sunday school.


St. George’s Anglican Church 64 Courts Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 5583 Email: stgeorgecaymanislands@gmail. com Sunday mass 7am and 9am; Sunday School 9am; 1st and 2nd Sunday Eucharist and sermon 11.15am. Youth evening Fri 7.15pm.


First Assembly of God 195 Old Crewe Road, George. Tel: (345) 945 2182 Children’s Church 10.45am. West Bay Assembly of God 100 Finch Drive (off Stadium Road). Tel: (345) 916 3748 Sunday School 10am. Cayman International Assembly Meeting place: Camana Bay Cinema. Tel: (345) 917 5774 Sunday Service 10am.


Cayman Islands Baptist Church 163 Pedro Castle Road, Savannah. Tel: (345) 946 2422 Email: office@cibaptist.ky Sunday School 9am (Bible study for all ages); Worship Service: 10am, plus seasonal weekday events for adults and children. First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman 920 Crewe Road (Across from the Lion’s Centre and near Hurley's Shopping Centre). Tel: (345) 949 0692 Email: fbc@fbc.org.ky Sunday School for all ages 9.15am; Sunday Service 10.30am.

CATHOLIC CHURCHES St. Ignatius Catholic Church 597 Walkers Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6798 Email: ignatius@candw.ky Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 7am, Weekend Masses: Saturday 8.30am and 6pm, and Sunday 8am, 11.30am and 6pm; Sunday School 10.15am– 11.15am. Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 7390 or (345) 949 6797 Sunday Mass 9.45am. Stella Maris Catholic Church Alta Vista Drive, Cayman Brac. Tel: (345) 925 6215 or (345) 926 0551 Sunday Mass or Eucharistic Service 11am.

LUTHERAN Safe Harbour Lutheran Church 205 Andrew Drive, Snug Harbour. Tel: (345) 949 1835 or (345) 926 5491 web: www. safeharbourlc.com Sunday service 10am at The South Sound Community Centre, South Church Street.

METHODIST Wesleyan Holiness Church 150 North West Point Road, West Bay. Tel: (345) 949 3394 Sunday services: 11am and 6pm. Sunday School 9.45am.

MORAVIAN Covenant Moravia Church 6 Devon Road, Off Marina Drive, Prospect. Tel: (345) 947 7935 Sunday School: 10am, Sunday services: 11am.

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Agape Family Worship Centre 50 Fairbanks Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 2539 Email: agape@candw.ky Sunday service 10am; Sunday School 11am; Friday youth group held at 7.30pm. Church of God Chapel Frank Sound 1275 Frank Sound Road, North Side. Tel: (345) 947 3691 Email: franksoundcog@gmail.com Sunday service 10.30am. Kinder Church (3-5 years), Children’s Church (6-9 years) and Preteen Ministry (10-14 years). Friday’s Fusion Youth Group from 8pm for 13-18 year olds. Sunrise Community Church Services held at the Harquail Theatre, near the Camana Bay roundabout. Tel: (345) 926 7473 Email: paola@sunrise.ky Sunday Services 10am with Nursery Care and a Children’s Sunday School.

PENTECOSTAL All Nations United Pentecostal Church 23A Woodlake Drive, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 9533 Email: upc@candw.ky Tuesday youth service 7.30pm; Sunday School 9am, Sunday worship 11am and Evangelistic service held at 7.30pm. The Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry Ltd. 100 Greenwood Drive, George Town Tel: (345) 949 1516 Email: pofdm.ky@gmail.com Tuesday Prayer Service & Bible Study 7.30pm; Friday Youth Service 7.30pm; Sunday School 9.30am; Sunday Worship 10.30am and 7.30pm.


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Voluntary Organisations For more information on some of the volunteer activities listed here, please see pages 216-217. CARE - Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts Tel: (345) 938 2273 Email: info@caymancare. ky Web: www.caymancare.ky. Volunteers are always needed. Cayman Islands Cancer Society 114 Maple Road (near CI Hospital), GT. Tel: (345) 949 7618 Email: info@cics.ky Web: www.cics. ky. Office open 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Estellas Place & TAYA Lounge, Crown Square, Eastern Ave. Tel: (345) 943 0366 Email: info@ cicc.ky Web: www.cicc.ky. Cayman Islands Humane Society 153 North Sound Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 1461 Email: info@ caymanislandshumanesociety.com Web: www. caymanislandshumanesociety.com. Volunteers are always needed to walk dogs and help sort out the books in the Book Loft. Red Cross Thrift Shop 34 Huldah Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 949 6785 Email: shop@redcross.org.ky Web: www.redcross.org.ky. Meals on Wheels Tel: (345) 769 mealsonwheels.ky mealsonwheels.ky.

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Impact 345 Email: we.are.impact345@gmail.com Web: www.impact345.org.

Elmslie Memorial United Church Downtown George Town on the waterfront, North Church Street. Tel: (345) 949 7923 Email: elmslie@candw.ky Sunday services: 10.30am. South Sound United Church service: 9am.

The Pines Retirement Home 60 Pines Drive, GT Tel: (345) 949 5650


Girlguiding Cayman Islands Email: ataylor2005@hotmail.com Web: www. facebook.com/girlguidingcaymanislands Girlguiding groups include Rainbows (5-7yrs), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and Rangers (14+).

Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Tel: (345) 640 2647 www.caymanadventist. org Saturday Sabbath School service 9.15am, Divine Service 11am.

JEWISH SERVICES Cayman Hebrew School 7 Mile Shops, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 0770 or (345) 516 4474 Email: info@jewishcayman. com www.chabadcaymanislands.com Cayman Hebrew School and JUDA enrichment offer an array of afternoon classes for children aged 1-13. From Hebrew Reading and Jewish history to Judaic art music and more, the Cayman Hebew School provides creative opportunities for students to explore their Jewish identities.

MUSLIM SERVICES Islamic Society of The Cayman Islands Unit C3, Cayman Business Park, 10A Huldah Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 929 1400,


Email: isci@candw.ky Friday Jummah Services at 1pm; Children's Sunday School 10am.

Teen Leadership Training

Scouts Association Tel: (345) 949 1515 Email: ciscouts@candw. ky Scout groups include Beavers (6-8yrs), Cub Scouts (8-11yrs) and Scouts (11-19yrs). YMCA Cayman Islands Email: ysummercamp@ymcacayman.ky Web: www.ymcacayman.ky/programmes/y-daycamps A variety of after school programmes, sports and summer camps that instil the YMCA’s core values of honesty, care, respect, responsibility and faith. The Y offers camp programmes the entire summer and anytime schools are on break for ages 5-12 and a Counsellors-in-Training programme for teens aged 13-17. They also have the Ropes Challenge Course which can host birthday parties.


Positive parenting techniques, activities for teens and more...

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Teen Sports & Injuries


Interview Tips


Low Cost & Free Activities for Adolescents


Learning to Drive & Rules of the Road


The Boyz 2 Men Programme


Having 'The Talk'


Adolescence Q&As


Adolescence Book Club


Getting a Head Start with Your Savings


10 Hacks for Parenting Teens


The Listings



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Positive Parenting



You thought the worst thing about raising children was the nighttime wake-ups? Think again! Parenting teens in the new millennium can be challenging, as it will often call for nurturing differently from how you were parented and rethinking how to care for them. – Brenda Dawkins, Parenting Coach at the Ministry of Education, Cayman Islands

The teen years can be mystifying for parents; your once alwayssmiling, rule-abiding child has been replaced with a moody and defiant teenager who you struggle to recognise and, at times, understand. Whether they admit it or not, this is the time in your child’s development when they are most in need of your guidance and support. As your teen embarks on their quest to discover who they are and where they ‘fit in’, it’s important that they are being guided to becoming the best version of themselves that they can be. Their desire for independence and a heightened curiosity means teens are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure, but through positive parenting techniques you can help your teen navigate the difficulties of adolescence and assist in your child’s development into an independent, responsible and well-rounded young adult.

Encourage Responsibility

“They don’t even talk to anyone at home! How will I achieve this? I have tried everything possible.” Your teen likely can’t wait to be an adult. With adulthood comes owning their own car, moving out and finally achieving the independence they’re already so desperate for. The problem is, at this age, your teen isn’t great at communicating their wants or needs. Their desire for independence is communicated through slammed doors and prickly conversation (if you’re lucky!). At this point, you have to meet them half-way. While it might be


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difficult, don’t be afraid to physically let go (incrementally) and begin giving teens more responsibility. Giving choices and allowing children to be responsible should have started from the formative years, but no worries if you were not able to; it’s never too late to begin equipping your teen to deal with the realities of adulthood. Allowing teens to take on responsibility doesn’t mean you are losing control; you are building character and values. Encourage your teen to help out – whether through chores or community work. Let them be in control of smaller, everyday things, including getting themselves up in time in the morning and managing their pocket money. This is a great way to introduce responsibility, as well as the sense of pride gained from a job or task well done. During the summer months, teens should be supported in seeking out employment. Summer internships are a fantastic opportunity for your children to become acquainted with the workforce and better understand what is expected of them in the ‘real world’. If your teen makes a mistake (or intentionally breaks the rules), enforce fair consequences which will serve as a reminder of what happens when you fail to act responsibly. As your teen matures, they will complete tasks because they understand it is their obligation to do so, not because mum and dad told them to!

Keep Teens Occupied

Natural curiosity and a penchant for pushing the limits means a teen left to his or her own devices is more likely to get into trouble. Adolescents lack the gift of foresight and often act impulsively or in a reactive way and teenagers with more time on their hands are much more likely to take careless risks and make bad lifestyle choices. By keeping teens occupied they are less likely to engage in risky behaviour due to boredom or peer-pressure. Rather than granting your teen free rein of the house after school, encourage their involvement in extracurricular activities. Children with healthy hobbies can have increased leadership skills, better time-management and stronger interpersonal skills. Read our list of activities for adolescents on page 246 for more details.

Stay in Tune

During the early years of your teen’s life, part of your job as a parent was to give guidance and instill values. Now, as the parent of a teen, part of your job is to coach them through the various phases. Being in tune with your teen is so very important in order to play the role of the coach well, now is the time to stand on the side line and watch the 'player' put the game plan into action and restrain yourself from running on to the field and taking over. By doing this, your teen will feel empowered and confident and trust you more as you continue to give choices. Be supportive and model the behaviours that will help your teen become a happy, independent adult.

Provide a Loving and Supportive Environment

Teens whose families provide companionship, problem-solving and emotional support are less likely to become depressed after exposure to severe stress (2016 study of 362 Israeli adolescents, Journal of Family Psychology). The study further states that it is when they reach out for their parent, and the parent is not there, that they make most reckless decisions. For teenagers, parents and families are a source of care and emotional support and most teenagers still want to spend time with their families, sharing ideas and having fun.

To Get Respect You Have to Give Respect

Are you connecting with your teen? Talking, laughing and sharing versus lecturing, warning and threatening? Maria Coyle, Associate Head of School for George Washington University Online High School, reminds parents that even after they have built a solid foundation for their children and prepared them to handle the outside influences of peers and social media, they still have an important role to play in their teens’ lives. “Being present for your child, talking with them, noticing things and encouraging them continues to positively affect their growth and development”, she says.

Practise Empathy

The average parent today is overwhelmed by the cares of life — work, bills, looming unemployment, separation, care of elderly parents, multitasking, etc.

How to Stay Connected When your child was young, your role was to nurture and guide him. Now you might be finding that your relationship with your child is becoming more equal. How do you stay connected despite this? Communication is key – maintain an open and trusting relationship with your adolescent by keeping all subjects on the table. Make yourself available to talk to so your teen knows they can approach you about a problem if needs be.


Teenagers need love and support from parents at a time when lots of other things in their lives are changing. Family support is a great stress buffer against the impact of peaking social stress from sources like social media and peer pressure. At about this time, teens’ response to stress can go haywire, sparking door-slamming, stomping, shouting and tears. Researches state that of adults with mental disorders triggered by stress, 50% received a diagnosis before the age of 15. Other research shows teens from ages 11 to 15 become sad and anxious when subjected to social stresses such as exclusion from social groups and adults who do not show support or empathy with their problems.

with your teen who is rolling their eyes, talking back, walking away from you and slamming their door – do you lower your tone, practice self-regulation (take a deep breath) and come from a place of empathy? Tough as it is, welcoming disagreement in a spirit of humility is foundational to building respect and a good relationship with your teens.

As your teen is striving for independence, help foster this by giving them more responsibility around the home and encouraging them to get a job or volunteer within the community. Know who your child’s friends are. Facilitate ways to get to know your child’s friends and their families to ensure they’re maintaining healthy relationships. Ensure you are a good role model! Teens gain a sense of the kind of adult they want to become from the adults they are surrounded by.

What teens require is mutual respect. When you are frustrated



It is very difficult to keep up with the stresses of life and handle a developing teen who is driving you “nuts”. Don’t forget that the child’s brain is not fully matured until about age 25, making this period leading into adulthood a confusing time. So this is where parents need to exercise empathy and hope that as your teens get older, “the parts of the prefrontal cortex responsible for judgment and decision-making will be developed enough to serve as a brake on runaway emotions and risk-taking. Executive-function skills, such as solving problems and planning strategies, continue to develop at least through age 20” (Study by Sheffield Hallam University, U.K., 2015). In the meantime, the saga continues. So while multi-tasking has become a way of life for many parents, you need to find quality time to engage with your teens, especially if they are initiating the discussion.


Van Achterberg, founder of Capitol Hill Child Psychiatry in Washington, DC, urges parents to drop everything if their teens want to talk. “Put down your cell-phone, computer, laundry or whatever pressing matters you have, because nothing is more important than hearing out your teenager when he wants to talk”. Ignoring them could suggest that they don’t matter to you. These opportunities are rare so don’t lose them, and if the topic they raise is something that you are not familiar with or don't have the answers to, redirect the questions to your teen; they could be testing your response. Ask your teens what they think or suggest they research the answer and share it with you. In this way you are giving that listening ear whilst empowering and validating them.


Stop and Listen

Do you always finish your teen’s sentences, laugh before they are finished or react in any way before they are done talking? Creating a healthy child-parent relationship, where your teen is encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings is not always easy and requires both sides of the equation to work together. In parents’ desperation to relate to their teens, to be

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cool or to demonstrate energetic engagement, remarks and reactions may easily come out forced and unnatural. Practice being an active listener. Duffy suggests parents remain silent as much as possible. “My strong bias is to listen more, speak and interrupt less”, he says. “Getting to know their world will diminish your parental anxiety". In cases where teens are not communicating enough, don’t try too hard but create the environment for a conversation to be sparked and for you to be connected with your teen. By making the effort to spend time talking to your teen every day, you will find that communicating with them about the 'big things' will become much easier. One idea: try sharing something about your work day. For example, “The strangest thing happened at work today and I didn’t know what to do”, can lead to a conversation starter where teens may be empowered to share advice, thus boosting their confidence. Find other chances to connect, such as watching a movie together when the younger children are asleep. This can lead to discussions and make them feel validated. At dinner time, try to do the highs and lows of the day as this is a great way family can connect in a non-threatening way.

Things to Remember

Tell your teens you love them and let it show in the way you coach them, and show respect and understanding of the struggle they are going through in this critical stage. This too will pass. Always engage your brain before you engage your mouth and ask yourself if the actions you are about to take are Right, Reasonable, Regular and Redemptive. You might have more than one teen in your household and don’t forget that your interaction will vary from child to child based on temperament. Providing your teens with greater autonomy as they grow, essentially means learning a new way to care for them. The learning curve will be well worth your time and effort, and will reward you with natural camaraderie and in the end an adult you had hoped for.

Teen Sports & Injuries Why Exercise?

We all know that exercise is good for you. But it’s particularly great for teens! With life changing rapidly, new school pressures to deal with and bodies maturing into adulthood, there is never a more important time to reap the benefits of physical activity. Some of the upsides of exercise for teens include: • Relieving mental stress • Creating strong bones and muscles • Lowering body fat • Improved academic performance and memory • Reduced risk factors for health conditions including heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes

Bear in mind that many sports and activities – e.g. running track, basketball and tennis – will include all three of these! TOP TIP: Team or group sports are particularly beneficial to teens, fostering respect, sportsmanship, leadership, cooperation and increased social confidence.

How to Decrease the Risk of Sports Injuries

Whilst accidents do happen, there are a number of things you and your child can do to reduce the risk of them damaging themselves: • Talk to your child and let them know that they should always tell an adult and stop doing the activity if something hurts or if it doesn’t feel right. Don’t encourage kids to tough it out and push through.

When to See a Sports Medicine Doctor

Whilst lots of sports injuries can be treated at home – for example the RICE treatment for sprains and strains (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) – there may sometimes be signs that you need to seek professional medical help. These include: • Consistent pain during or after sports • Persistent or new swelling around a joint • Recurrent instability – joints "give way" • Pain that is not alleviated by a period of active rest • A suspected break or serious injury.


The guidelines for teen exercise recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day. The types of exercise should include: • Aerobic Exercise: Vigorous-intensity exercise, such as athletic team sports like football or running, should take place at least three days a week. • Muscle-strengthening: Muscle-strengthening activities, such as lunges or planks, should take place at least three days a week. • Bone-strengthening: Bone-strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or climbing stairs, should take place at least three days a week.

• Encourage your teens to play a variety of sports and take part in a range of different exercise options so that they’re not continually putting strain on the same muscles and joints. • Ensure they are aware of the importance of warming up. A few stretches before playing sport or working out can make all the difference to avoiding mid-session injuries. • Provide a healthy well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and maintain a regular eating schedule. • Hydration is always important before, during and after exercise, but in Cayman this is even more critical. Parents should keep an eye out for symptoms of heat-related illness, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, confusion or fainting. Don’t forget to apply high factor sunscreen before playing sports outdoors. • Make sure your child has the right equipment. Good quality footwear that is appropriate for the exercise your child is doing is key, as is protective equipment like helmets and pads.

PLEASE NOTE: It’s important for parents to be aware of the symptoms of concussion. These include headache, nausea, balance problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish or groggy, concentration or memory problems, confusion. Seek medical attention straight away if your teen displays or mentions any of these symptoms after a head injury.

Dr Melissa Mascaro, MD CAQSM is a local primary care sports medicine physician who treats sports injuries non-operatively. This includes concussion management, injury prevention, overuse injuries and basic fractures. She is a US-trained family physician with a sports medicine certificate of added qualifications. For appointments with Dr. Mascaro, call Cayman Clinic on (345) 949 7400.



Low-Cost & Free Activities for Adolescents

It is very important during the adolescent years to encourage and enable your children to explore different areas of interest, keep positively engaged and extend themselves in new ways. There are a wide range of free and low-cost programmes in Cayman aimed at adolescents and at-risk youth. Some options for keeping your teenager occupied are listed below. Extended After-School Programmes

The Ministry of Education sponsors extended after-school programmes for public primary and high schools in every district. The programmes are free, operate from 3pm to 6pm and include a rotating range of activities such as basketball, football, cricket, homework clubs, swimming, automotive workshops, archery and track and field. Transportation is provided from the school to the activity and back again.



Boxing Dalmain Ebanks runs a tight ship at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym located in front of the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The programme is open to children of all ages, is government funded and keeps kids active whilst developing their discipline and fitness. Email: info@caymanislandsboxing. com. Cricket The Cayman Cricket group organises competitions from May to June for secondary schools and holds practices throughout the year for under-15s on Saturday mornings. Tel: (345) 945 6447, or email: secretary@caymancricket.ky. Baseball The Cayman Islands Little League operated by the YMCA Cayman Islands, is the largest facility of its kind in the Caribbean and runs free programmes for kids up to 17 years of age. Tel: (345) 916 5643 or (345) 945 3553, or email: info@littleleague.ky. Football The Cayman Islands Football Association is in the advanced stages of developing a Grassroots Programme for kids up to 12 years in each district. The programme aims to build a close relationship between the football clubs, youth national teams and parents, and to identify and help to address the needs of the families and children involved. Tel: (345) 749 5775, or email: secretariat@cifa.ky.


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Academy Football Club provides opportunities for families from different socio-economic backgrounds on a case-bycase basis by accepting assistance through fundraising and volunteering time in lieu of fees. Virgil Seymour is in charge of Youth Development and can be contacted on Tel: (345) 925 5032, email: academysportsclub@hotmail.com, or visit: www. academysportsclub.ky. Karate Students can try a free week of classes at Cayman Associated Schools of Karate (C.A.S.K.) at the Kings Sports Centre. Adolescents may be eligible for scholarships or financial assistance and can contact the chief instructor Greg Reid directly to enquire on Tel: (345) 925 3367, or visit: www. caskcayman.com.

Rugby The Rugby Club in South Sound runs a well-established programme for kids up to the age of 18 years. Their fees for the year are very reasonable at CI$100. Contact Caroline Deegan for more information: Tel: (345) 525 6743, email: caroline. deegan@caymanrugby.com, or visit: www.caymanrugby.com. Basketball After-school basketball training is available through the Cayman Islands Basketball Association for children up to 16 years of age. Many children travel to the practices held at Kings Sports Centre on school buses operating from all public high schools. Practice takes place on Thursdays and Fridays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and costs CI$10 a month. There is also a one-time payment of CI$25 for a team shirt which is worn at every practice. Tel: (345) 916 5083, or email: info@ caymanbasketball.org. Netball The Cayman Islands Netball Association (CINA) has a Junior league and games are played throughout the year for under12s, under-14s and under-16s. A memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fee of CI$5 is made

once a year. Lucille Seymour is the president of CINA and can be contacted on Tel: (345) 916 1944 or email: caymannetball@ candw.ky. For more information, visit www.caymannetball.com.

Black Pearl Skate Park

Michael Myles manages the Black Pearl Skate Park and the Cayman Islands Skateboard Association and has grown the park from a fledgling after-school programme into a bustling centre of activity for a diverse cross section of Cayman's children and teenagers. The dynamic course consists of beginner, intermediate and expert ramps and covers 62,000 sq. ft., making it the largest skate park in North America! Basketball hoops and games have been added and there is a definite community vibe that resounds throughout the skate park. Children and teenagers of all ages adhere to strictly enforced rules against cursing, bullying and littering, coexisting effortlessly. Daily rates are very reasonable at $5 for residents and $10 for visitors. For more information visit www.blackpearl.ky.

Personal Development & Leadership

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands (Tel: (345) 923 2471) is a well-established mentoring programme for kids up to 16 years of age (or up to 18 years if they are involved in the programme prior to turning 16). Adolescents are matched with an adult mentor and given guidance and friendship through regular meetings.

Arts & Culture

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands runs an afterschool Teen Art Programme every Wednesday during term time for ages 14 -17. The classes are sponsored by Walkers and are free to attend. For more information email: education@nationalgallery. org.ky.

Time to Spare

Devoting time to a charitable cause is a valuable way to teach adolescents a sense of community responsibility. Cayman is very fortunate to be home to a large number of non-profit organisations and charities that assist different groups in need across the Islands.


The Cadet Corps (Tel: (345) 946 9810, email: cadetcorps@ gov.ky, or visit: www.cicadetcorps.ky) and the YMCA Teen Leader’s Club (Tel: (345) 922 2291, Web: www.ymcacayman. ky) teach teenagers life skills and encourage them to develop high standards of conduct. In the Teen Leader’s Club, the teenagers organise all activities themselves and the programme is free. The TAYA Lounge, run through the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (Email: taya@cicc.ky) offers a supportive environment for adolescents to learn life training skills, participate in therapy sessions and recreational activities and is open from Tuesday to Friday, 3pm-8pm and on Saturday from 12pm-8pm.

The Cayman Islands Humane Society (Tel: (345) 949 1461, Web: www.caymanislandshumansociety.com) is always looking for volunteers and is a great way for adolescents to get active through dog walking or helping with pet grooming and animal care. See page 216 for our article on Volunteering.

Church Groups

Most churches in Cayman offer a Friday night youth group which are very popular. They provide a supportive environment for your adolescent’s spiritual development and encourage teenagers to actively support their congregation. The Cayman Islands Baptist Church (Tel: (345) 946 2422) boasts one of the strongest youth followings and their group often also participates in interesting field trips.



The Boyz 2 Men Programme

The 2018/2019 inauguration of the boys into the programme at John Gray High School


Boyz 2 Men began in 2009 after Christopher C. Murray, a school counsellor at John Gray High School, observed the struggle that boys in Years 8-11 were going through trying to become men. These boys, and in particular those without fathers, were invariably seeking role models in the wrong places and beginning to make poor life choices. Murray identified those who he felt were at risk and, in an attempt to bring positive male role models into these boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives, Murray reached out to Simon Miller from the National Drug Council and the Royal Cayman Islands Police to support his group, along with members of the community. Boyz 2 Men aims to mould at-risk boys into kind, gentle and forgiving men and, from the very outset, there was a mutual understanding that for the programme to succeed there needed to be complete honesty. One key way this has been enacted within the group is through the men sharing stories of their personal struggles on the path to adulthood. This approach allows the boys to learn from real experience, whilst also forging relationships with mentors that are built on trust and respect. The boys are also encouraged to seek and receive guidance from their mentors, which empowers them to make better decisions about their future. Early on the results began to show: the boys became more positive and their behaviour improved significantly. Fast forward ten years and the group is still going strong. It has become so popular that they receive over 100 applicants per year, and as early as Year 8 boys begin petitioning to be accepted into the Year 11 group!


35 boys from Year 11 joined this year, and, like previous years, they meet once or twice a week and do projects on weekends. Although the activities that they do range from fishing trips to charity work, each one presents a unique opportunity for the boys to learn, develop and build confidence. For example, they often go as a group to paint and repair elderly peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses, in which they gain perspective, learn to work as team towards a common goal and discover the personal rewards of giving back to the community.

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The boys painting an elderly person's home

The boys have also been to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to be trained in social etiquette, and after their training they took their mothers to a fine dining restaurant to have dinner. With the programme's big emphasis on family values and how to become a man who contributes to his family, this was the perfect way for the boys to demonstrate their development.

How to Get Involved The programme invites exemplary men of our community into the school to share their life experiences, while profiling their unique challenges when growing up. During these sessions the boys are given the opportunity to question the men in detail as to how they overcame problems and achieved success in their lives. If you would like to get involved please, email Christopher C. Murray on cmurray@jghs.edu.ky or call him on (345) 329 0021 or (345) 916 5559. They are always looking for positive role models! If you don’t have the time to contribute, they are also looking for donations to fund the activities that they do – fishing, painting, etc. With the right funding, they would also love to expand the programme to other schools and year groups.

Dinner with the boys’ mothers at Grand Old House

What is truly special is the programme’s ability to create genuine family-like bonds, which makes the boys feel comfortable enough to share their problems and trust and appreciate the advice they get in return. The boys then roll this model forward and the cycle of underachieving in the same families, generation after generation, is broken. This isn’t a band-aid, like many of life’s programmes; it’s digging in to the primary problem and fixing it from the root up. What the programme has taught the team at John Gray High School is that regardless of the boys’ varied challenges (emotional, mental or behavioural), once they understand boundaries, start to develop bonds and know that someone truly cares, then the sky's the limit.    This programme is only currently available at John Gray High School, and only available to Year 11 students. An equivalent girl’s programme called Girl’s Force was also created a few years ago. However, its success proves that there is a need to have it in other institutions, and that teens as young as Year 8 would benefit.

Co-ordinating anti-drug measures in the Cayman Islands The National Drug Council is an independent statutory body set up under the National Drug Council Law (2003 revision) to co-ordinate anti-drug measures in the Cayman Islands. They are dedicated to the eradication of substance abuse through implementation of a comprehensive approach.


National Drug Council


Formulate and develop drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes • Educate on the dangers of drug use • Research and maintain a database of information on drug abuse

Programmes and Campaigns:

Youth 2 Youth • School and community based drug prevention • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week • Designated driver & Purple Ribbon Bus • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (345) 949 9000 | #17 and #18 Caymanian Village info@ndc.ky | www.ndc.ky



Q&A Charlie Thomas

Dequan Smith

When did you first become involved with the YMCA? Five years ago; my parents were founding members of YMCA Cayman and they encouraged me to join. I started as a Camper and at 13 I became a Counsellor-in-Training.

When did you first become interested in music? When I was around seven years old. I started playing the cello three years ago.

What do you enjoy about volunteering there? The people are so welcoming and encouraging; you immediately feel part of the YMCA family. What do you think are the biggest issues or concerns facing teenagers in Cayman these days? The issues facing teenagers in Cayman today are no different to the issues facing teenagers all around the world: drugs, alcohol, bullying and other things. If you were asked to volunteer with children in an underdeveloped country where would you choose? I would choose to go to the East Meru Community School in Africa. This is a school I’m familiar with because my own school helps raise badly needed funds for this institution and I would love to see it for myself.


Do you think being active and participating in sports is an important part of adolescence? Yes, because sport helps to teach discipline, teamwork and the important lesson that you can't always win. What do you think your biggest successes have been so far? I am very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Cayman in Rugby and Touch Rugby. Being selected for the team, when there are so many other talented teenagers that could have been chosen in my place, is an honour. Who has been your greatest supporter? My father. He has always been there for me and always helped me at my worst moments.

Charlie is a Year 10 pupil at CPHS. He volunteers with the YMCA and has represented Cayman in rugby and touch rugby.


If you could play as part of any famous orchestra in the world which one would it be and why? Either the Philadelphia Orchestra or the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). I have seen the former live and they have a fabulous cello section, whose Principal I have met during a master class. The prestige and fame of the LSO is very attractive, the sound is gorgeous and they look like they have a lot of fun! What are your thoughts about joining Wells Cathedral School this year? I believe that this will be the experience of a lifetime and will be so much fun and stuffed with opportunities. What advice would you give other children on-Island who want to be the Young Musician of 2020 or beyond? You need to show who you truly are and that you are deadly serious on conveying the message of the composer. Which musicians would you choose to play with? Itzhak Perlman, who is a phenomenally talented musician. As a polio survivor, he shows us that determination and passion can bring about great things. Elizabeth Pitcairn; she is a meticulous player and a great communicator, and Richard de Lacy who was my godfather and a great violist. Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? As a travelling soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Who has been your greatest supporter and inspiration? My mother is the greatest supporter. She is absolutely amazing and so selfless − she doesn’t get enough attention for all the great things she does.

Dequan (16) won the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year in 2019 and will soon start at Wells Cathedral School.

Inspiring young adults

Noah Whittaker

Rachel Pascal

When did you first become interested in music and drama? From the moment I was able to sit at the piano I’ve been immersed in the arts. In Year 10 I had my first experience with theatre, with my current drama teacher, Katie Cummins. She is the greatest teacher and inspired me to continue in musical theatre.

How old were you when you started throwing javelin? I started throwing Javelin at the age of 8.

If you could play the lead in any production, which one would it be? I love playing characters who bring comic relief to the scenes, for example: Genie from Aladdin or Damien from Mean Girls. But if I had to play a lead I would choose Evan from Dear Evan Hansen. His personality is very similar to mine and the songs are extremely meaningful and emotive. If you were asked to teach drama to children in an underdeveloped country where would you choose? Haiti. I’ve always wanted to travel there to gain a proper experience of how Haitian people live and to have the opportunity to share my passion for the performing arts with other people.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? I hope to be performing and producing my own music, or possibly working with my drama class creating our own theatre company. Who has been your greatest supporter? My best friends Alisalee and Asia. They’ve been with me since primary school and have always supported my musical aspirations.

Noah is a Year 13 student at CPHS. He is going to study music production and recording arts at Elon University.

Which athlete do you most admire and why? My big brother. He’s taught me the value of perseverance and hard work. He travelled all over the world through sports, won a sports scholarship and got a good job. What is your greatest achievement to date? Winning a bronze medal at the World Karate Championships in 2015 and in 2019 when I won a bronze medal at my first CARIFTA Games. What advice would you offer a young Caymanian interested in starting a sport? My advice is if you can dream it you can do it. You just have to be ready and hungry for it and never give up. Was there ever a point where you considered quitting or became disinterested in javelin? Yes, but my family and teachers have always encouraged me to hang in there. What is the biggest lesson you've learnt through training? No pain, no gain! What skills did you develop through your sport that have helped you in every-day life? You have to be persistent and determined to make your dreams come true and train twice as hard as your competitors in order to be on top.


Who is your favourite musician and why? Tori Kelly. She’s an inspiration to me as she creates all her own music and produces it herself. She’s been performing since she was 12 years old and has only grown and progressed since then.

Who encouraged you to start throwing javelin? My dad and my big brother encouraged me to throw the javelin as I had a strong arm when I played baseball.

Rachel (14) is a student at Cayman Academy who recently won a bronze medal for Javelin at the CARIFTA Games.


Getting a Head Start with

Your Savings

Investing is often thought of as a long-term strategy, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about it right now. You may have never considered the connection, but investing and flossing your teeth actually have a lot of similarities! – Andrew McCartney, Managing Director for RBC Dominion Securities in the Caribbean Most of us are taught that it’s important to floss regularly because it will make a big difference to our oral health 20, 30… even 50 years from now. But even knowing this, a lot of people don’t make time for it or have the mindset of “I’ll do it later”. Flossing is an easy thing to push to the back-burner because there’s no immediate return on the effort put in, and we’d likely only notice the effects one way or another over the long-term.


The same holds true of investing for the future. While most people generally understand the importance of building their savings, many don’t act on it. For younger individuals in particular, especially in this era of 'instant gratification', focusing on longer term goals like saving for the future does not provide any near term benefits. To be more effective with saving and investing, it’s about shifting from the 'here and now' to more 'down the road' thinking — and understanding the power behind compound interest.

accumulated along the way. Think of it kind of like the snowball effect — the interest earned gets added back to the principal amount, and it’s then able to grow period over period (as long as it’s not withdrawn). Using the earlier example, the following would happen with compound interest: Year 1: You’d earn $20. Year 2: The interest from year 1 ($20) would be reinvested and added to your original investment amount, so you’d earn more interest because the starting value would be $1,020. Year 3: The interest would be higher again because it’s calculated on the principal amount that includes interest from years 1 and 2. In other words, it would look like this:


The Importance of Interest

In general, there are two main types of interest that can be earned on investments: simple and compound. Each is very different in how it’s calculated and how it may impact your investments over time.

Principal (Grows period over period)

Simple interest: When only your original investment amount (called the 'principal amount') earns interest, and it’s paid periodically (e.g. annually, semi-annually) over the investment term, which is the full time period the money is invested for. As an example: Compound interest: When the investment earns interest not only on the principal amount, but also on the interest that gets Initial investment:



2% interest per year for 3 years

Annual interest payments: $20 Total interest earned:



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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Note: For illustrative purposes only; not reflective of current interest rates or market conditions. Because of the compounding effect, the longer the money remains in this form of savings, the faster the savings will grow. In other words, the earlier you get started, the more time your money will have to grow and compound.

A Case Study

Tim and Peter are both 30 years old and have a longer-term goal of saving for retirement. Tim is keen to start saving this year. Peter is more focused on his current lifestyle, so he decides he’ll start saving in 10 years (figuring he’ll still have time to catch up if he contributes more over a shorter period). Details

Tim Peter

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Value at retirement $160,000.00 Moeny Saved






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The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan

Tim Versus Peter Tim


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With the same contributions, at age 60, Tim will have almost $30,000 more than Peter saved for retirement!

Leveraging the Power of Compound Interest

It was the famous physicist Albert Einstein who once said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t, pays it.” If you take the time to understand how compounding works, and then use it properly as part of your investment strategy, there’s real power in how your overall savings can grow over time. Even if it’s a smaller amount invested early on, the effects of compounding can have an exponential impact on the long-term growth of your savings. So go ahead and start investing now, even if it’s only a very small amount. Talk to your bank or a financial advisor today.

RBC Dominion Securities Global Limited Website: rbcdscayman.com Email: rbcdscayman@rbc.com Phone: 345-949-4066



RBC Dominion Securities Global Limited is a foreign affiliate of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. RBC Dominion Securities Global Limited is regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. RBC Dominion Securities Global Limited is a member company of RBC Wealth Management, a business segment of Royal Bank of Canada. ® / ™ Trademark(s) of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license. © 2019 RBC Dominion Securities Inc. All rights reserved. 19_93097_006

Oh, and don’t forget to floss…



The Importance of In a highly competitive job market, employers look for candidates who show initiative and a willingness to work. For young adults transitioning into the workforce, it is more important than ever for your resumé to demonstrate a history of hands-on experience that distinguishes you from other candidates.


5 Reasons why Internships

are Important

Why Pursue an Internship

Employers are increasingly treating their internship and work experience programmes as a means for hiring entry-level applicants, so investing your time in such a scheme is an investment in your future. Depending on what stage you are at in your education, an internship can either provide you with your first taste of invaluable ‘real world’ experience, or fine-tune your interests as you commit to pursuing a career path.


Finding an Internship

Caymanian students are lucky to have such a wide variety of internships available to them which cater to various interests and skill sets. Many of the big law and accounting firms onIsland offer internships and work experience opportunities to students each year. These are usually advertised in the local newspaper in the months leading up to the summer break, but increasingly companies are pushing out their internship and work experience ads via social media. Smaller companies may also advertise their internship opportunities in the paper and on their social media avenues so it’s worth regularly checking both. Alternatively, students can reach out to companies directly and inquire about any work experience opportunities. Whether they are advertising for an intern or not, they’ll appreciate the go-getter attitude and a position might just open up! Students should also speak with family, friends and teachers about whether they have heard of any upcoming internships.

Applying for an Internship

If responding to a company’s advertisement, the application process will usually be specified in the ad’s fine print. In some instances, companies have their own application portals where applicants can upload any relevant information. Usually, however, the process involves emailing a contact at the company with a cover letter and resumé. Students should always make sure their resumés are kept up-to-date to ensure you are ready to put your best foot forward.


life experience: Understanding the soft skills needed in the workplace is an important part of developing a sense of professionalism. Work experience encourages skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork to evolve. Networking: An internship is a great opportunity to meet and get to know professionals in your chosen career field. Take advantage of your time working alongside established industry experts and build deeper connections. Doing so can be very beneficial to your future career. Figuring out what you like: Trying out different things gives you a better idea of the career path you want to pursue post schooling. An internship can either confirm your passions, or, in the event that you didn’t enjoy your internship, confirm what type of job you don’t want. Build your resumé: Any experience gained is experience you can add to your resumé! Having a resumé that demonstrates professional experience can give you a leg up on any competition when applying for your first job out of school. Transition into a full-time position:

Although not a guaranteed outcome, some employers will headhunt previous interns as they have seen first-hand how you fit within the company and have already invested time and money into your training.

TOP TIP: Before leaving your internship, speak with your supervisor about obtaining a letter of recommendation. Keep in touch so that you can reach out to him or her down the line when you are in need of a reference. This is also a great way for keeping yourself on your supervisor’s radar, should any future job opportunities crop up.


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Interview Tips First impressions matter. An interview is an opportunity for you to make the right one. Here are some tips and tricks for acing your next interview. Before

Get to know the company: Prior to the interview, take some time to find out information about the company you are interviewing with. Prepare some answers: Think of some answers to popular interview questions. Give extra thought to the questions you'd least like to be asked.

Look presentable: Your attire should be professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying.

firm handshake at the beginning of the interview. Speak clearly and at a measured pace throughout. Keep answers positive: Answer questions honestly, without being defensive or blaming anyone. Try to turn your answers into positive statements with successful outcomes. Ask questions: An interview is a chance for you to figure out whether the company is the right fit for you too! Keep a list of questions in mind to ask.

Arrive on time: Ideally at least ten minutes early. When you arrive state your name, the time of your appointment and the name of the person you are expecting to meet.

Stand out from the crowd: Other candidates interviewing for the position will have similar abilities, employment and academic experience to you. Express the ways in which you stand out from your peers.



Be aware of body language: Aim to project poise and confidence with your demeanor. Greet each interviewer with a

Follow-up: Send an email thanking your interviewers for their time, and reiterate your enthusiasm for the position.

The Ritz-Carlton


Grand Cayman | Internship Programme

Inspiring the industry leaders of the future The Summer Internship Programme at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman invites young Caymanian students into the world of hospitality, inspiring the industry leaders of the future. The students can explore their preferred areas of interest in different departments at the resort, that vary from front office, culinary to water sports, among others.

Internship Details:

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Students must be Caymanians and in University. A degree in hospitality or related field is preferred, or the desire to pursue a career in hospitality in the future. Students may select up to 4 departments or areas of focus for the programme rotation. These may include rooms operations, food and beverage, marketing, recreation, finance and event management. Curriculum includes a mentorship programme, enhancement of job and interview skills, lunch and learns with resort Executive Leaders, training sessions and weekly Culture Projects to create special experiences for guests.

Student Testimony:

“I appreciate my Ritz-Carlton experience very much and I am grateful to have been part of the summer internship programme. It was educational, inspirational and a first class introduction to the working world.” – Victoria, 2018 Intern, Student at UCCI

(345) 943 9000 | www.university.marriott.com | The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman www.caymanparent.com


Learning to Drive &

Rules of the Road

Getting Your Licence


Cayman's teens are eligible to begin the process of getting their driving licence once they turn seventeen, and the first step is to sit the theory exam. To take this 40-minute test, which is made up of 40 questions, teens will need to make an appointment at one of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers' Licensing (DVDL) offices. An examination fee of CI$25 is charged at the time of booking. Candidates should prepare by studying the official road code booklet, available at any DVDL, or by reading Drive Safely in Cayman by Graham Walker. It has helped to prepare a lot of young drivers in Cayman and can be purchased directly from Graham (345) 926 2501 for CI$15 or is available for CI$18 at most book stores. Once the theory test has been passed, a learner’s licence is issued; it is valid for six months and allows one to drive a vehicle while accompanied by a holder of a full Cayman licence. An ‘L’ plate must be visible on the front and back of the car and the insurance policy needs to cover the 'learner' driver. Learners need to wait six weeks before taking the practical test, and are encouraged to take driving lessons during this period. For driving lessons call Tony Martin on (345) 321 7218. Once the learner has passed the practical driving examination, they will receive a full, unrestricted driver’s licence. Cost of Getting Your Licence: • Theory Test - CI$25 • Learner's Licence - CI$60 • Practical Test - CI$50 • Full 3 Year Licence - CI$75 • Full 5 Year Licence - CI$125

Insuring a Young Driver

All drivers in the Cayman Islands must be insured on the vehicle(s) they drive. This includes learner drivers, which most insurance companies have specific policies for. Standard insurance policies usually only cover drivers aged 25-65, who have had a driving licence for twelve months or longer. So a special policy will need to be taken out for your young driver, but there's a catch: insurance rates for young, inexperienced drivers can be very high. Certain vehicles such as those with engine sizes greater than two litres, convertibles or modified vehicles attract a higher premium, as do newer, higher value vehicles.

Buying a Used Car

Fortunately, quality second-hand vehicles are easy to come by in Cayman. For older, cheaper vehicles, www.ecaytrade. com can be a good place to look – though do be aware that purchasing a car from a private individual means you run


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the risk of not being informed of the car’s whole history. To avoid problems, it’s often worth getting a mechanic to check the car over for you prior to purchase. Transferring vehicle ownership is very straightforward, as long as you deal with the official owner of the vehicle or go through a reputable car dealer. Local car rental companies also occasionally have preowned fleet sales. On average, the cost of a reliable used car is between CI$6,000 and CI$9,000.

The Rules of the Road

It is important that a new driver observes these six basic safety rules to keep themselves, their passengers, fellow drivers and pedestrians safe. Please review this section with them.

1) Never drink and drive. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level over 0.1%. DUI penalties include CI$1000+ fines, imprisonment for 6-12 months and loss of your licence. Drinking and driving can also result in your death or the death of others. 2) Wear your seat belt. In Cayman, every driver or passenger in a vehicle must wear a seat belt and failure to do so can result in being fined a minimum of CI$100. 3) Have a valid driving licence and insurance. It is illegal to drive without a valid licence or in an uninsured vehicle.

4) Slow down. Drivers caught speeding by the police face a standard fine of $20 for every mile over the speed limit. If your fine exceeds $500, it is mandatory for you to make a court appearance. 5) Park with a conscience. Parking spots marked with the universal handicap parking symbol are reserved for drivers with disabilities only. 6) Don't use a mobile phone while driving. It is illegal in Cayman and may result in an accident, a fine or loss of your licence. All drivers may lose their right to drive if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or speeding excessively. If a driver loses their right to drive, they will be required to surrender their licence and, in some cases, at the end of the disqualification period, they may be required to take out a learnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence and retake their driving examination. TOP TIP: All the DVDL offices/locations can get very busy, particularly just after opening and right before closing. You should try to time your visits around peak hours if possible. The DVDL cannot inspect cars when it's raining, so avoid rainy days.

The Department of Vehicle & Drivers' Licensing (DVDL)

990 Crewe Road, Red Bay (next to First Baptist Church near Grand Harbour) Tel: (345) 945 8344 www.dvdl.gov.ky Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4pm

9 Reverend Blackman Road, West Bay (Across from the West Bay Police Station) Tel: (345) 949 7231 Open: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm Breakers, Frank Sound (Across Sea View Road from the South Coast Bar and Grill) Tel: (345) 244 5528 Open: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

The Department of Vehicle & Driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Licensing (DVDL) in Cayman Brac:

District Administration Building, Dennis Rd Tel: (345) 948 2222 Open: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4pm

Little Cayman:

Little Cayman District Office Open: (Normally) Every other Thursday 9am-2.30pm

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The Talk

With early adolescence comes a natural curiosity for experimentation. According to a 2012 Adolescent Healthy and Sexuality Survey conducted among 15-19 year olds in the Cayman Islands, the average age at which children become sexually active is 14 years old. At the same time, only 27.8% of participants felt comfortable sharing their sexual health concerns with a health care professional, while the majority of those surveyed had not discussed sex or contraception at all with either a parent or trusted guardian. 'The Talk'

There’s no denying that talking to your children about sex can be a tricky subject to navigate. However, often it is our first encounter with the topic which shapes our views on it. Parents should recognise that creating precedence for frankness when discussing sex and sexual health is setting the stage for safe sex practices which will follow children into adulthood. Teens and children often have misconceptions surrounding this subject, and providing a platform in which they are invited to share their uncertainties can prevent unforeseen health risks and unwanted pregnancies in the future.


What Age is the Right Age to Initiate 'The Talk'?

There isn’t one definitive answer to this question and all the bases don’t have to be covered in a single conversation. Answer your child’s questions honestly and make room for an on-going dialogue in your household, but keep the details ageappropriate. Consider what answers a seven year old would be looking for, versus a 13 year old, and try to get an idea of what information they already have. Free condoms are available at all District Health Clinics, the Cayman Islands’ Red Cross, The Cayman AIDS Foundation and at the UCCI Student Services. Any other form of contraceptive requires a doctor’s appointment. Dr. Heidi Fahy at Cayman Clinic specialises in women’s health and family planning. For appointments with Dr. Fahy, call (345) 949 7400. The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority provides free HIV and Syphilis testing at the Red Cross every Tuesday 9am1pm. All District Clinics and the Women’s Health Centre provide information on sexual health and STD screening. The Women’s Health Centre can be contacted at (345) 244 2649. See page 136 for a list of local family doctors who can advise on the various types of contraception.

Types of Birth Control

Contraception is the process of taking steps to ensure you do not become pregnant when you have sex. Certain contraception can also protect against some sexually transmitted diseases (STD). If your teen is sexually active, he or she needs to be taking the appropriate steps to ensure that they are protected. Take the time to talk to your teen about the various options and assess the pros and cons, so together you can choose which


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birth control best suits their individual needs. Below are some commonly used methods of birth control: • Abstinence: This is the only method of birth control which is 100% effective in preventing pregnancies and the contraction of STDs. Abstinence is the practice of refraining from some or all sexual activity. • Condoms: Condoms are the most widely used birth control method available to men. If used correctly, condoms are 98% effective in protecting against pregnancies and STDs, such as HIV/AIDS. Condoms can also be used in conjunction with other methods of birth control to increase their effectiveness. • Hormone Pills: Commonly referred to as ‘the pill’, birth control pills contain hormones which prevent women from ovulating. If taken at the same time every day birth control pills can be very effective in preventing pregnancies. It is important to note that the birth control pill does not protect against STDs and that there are risks and side effects associated with long-term use. • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives: For example, injections, implants, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUCDs - also known as coils) or other intrauterine systems such as Mirena (IUD). These do not protect the user against STDs. Some factors for you and your teen to discuss when considering contraceptive methods include how the chosen method will suit their lifestyle, whether they want to take it daily or less often, and any existing health issues such as migraines or high blood pressure and family history.

Adolescence Best for Parents

Book Club Best for Teens The British Book Awards’ Children’s Book of the Year 2019, this funny and inspiring read guides teens on how to reach their potential.

‘Stop helicopter parenting and let your kids make their own mistakes’, is the message from this provocative yet practical New York Times bestseller.

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this Young Adult novel is a powerful yet gripping look at police brutality and systematic racism in America. For ages 14+.

Positive advice on raising girls from leading clinical psychologist Lisa Damour. Includes handy ‘when to worry’ flags for each phase of adolescence.

A beautiful and hugely popular book about falling in love. Its easy-to-read style is perfect for teens who struggle to finish a book. For ages 12+.

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An accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain, including chapters on dealing with powerful emotions and risk-taking.

Best Digital for Teens 411 Teen on 88.9 WFSUFM is a US-based talk show, created with teen input, where host Dr Liz Holifield and guests discuss hot topics affecting young people today. Free, available on Apple Podcasts.




10 Hacks for Parenting Teens



1. Get out of a sticky situation Once gum freezes it’s much easier to remove. Toss smaller items in the freezer or rub a cube of ice over the gum.

6. Get smart about phones Work with the phone addiction not against it. If there’s something important you need your teen to do, get them to set a reminder on their phone.

2. Keep it clean Mount a second shower rod to hang individual shower baskets from. Each family member can organise their toiletries within their assigned basket.

7. Dinner is served If your teen struggles to make healthy snacks with the ingredients you've got at home, get them hooked on www.supercook.com to find a host of options.

3. Put your best foot forward Remove black scuff marks on trainers by rubbing them with toothpaste.

8. Money smarts Help teens better direct their savings with a tangible saving goal. This could be a trip, a car or even a deposit for their first rental property!

4. Car privilege Car use should not become an assumed luxury. Once your teen passes their driver’s test, car use must be earned by good behaviour!

9. Safety on the go Teens should carry a card in their wallet that lists emergency contact details and any allergies or medical conditions they have.

5. Get into a groove Get your teen to create a playlist exactly as long as their allotted time in the morning to get ready, as a fun way to keep them on track.

10. Code red Agree on a pre-determined code word that your teen can text you when they need to get out of a risky situation fast.

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Listings Cayman Universities, Trade Schools and Car Insurance Providers

Colleges & Universities

Vocational & Professional Training

International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) 595 Hirst Road, Newlands. Tel: (345) 947 1100 Email: admissions@icci.edu.ky Web: www.icci.edu. ky Numerous associate, bachelor and certificate programmes available.

Cayman Career Academy 60 Smith Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 6969 Web: www.caymancareeracademy.ky Offering CIDESCO beauty therapy diploma and post-grad diploma.

St. Matthewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University School of Medicine Regatta Office Park, Leeward 3, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 945 3199 Email: admissions@ stmatthews.edu Web: www.stmatthews.edu Medical students complete five semesters of basic science and preâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;clinical studies in Grand Cayman, and then do clinical rotations at teaching hospitals in the US, Canada or the United Kingdom.

Community Vocational Training Centre 9 Rockhole Road George Town. Tel: (345) 917 7320 Courses are open to students aged 17+. Students work towards a professional licence to become an electrician.

School of Hospitality Studies (part of UCCI) Tel: (345) 623 8224 Email: shs@ucci.edu.ky Web: www.ucci.edu.ky Offers an industry-driven, internationally accredited hospitality and tourism studies programme.

The Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS) Old CIBC Building, 54 Edward St, 2nd & 3rd floor, GT. Tel: (345) 945 0077 Web: www.lawschool. gov.ky TBLS is an affiliated institution of the University of Liverpool (UK). Full and part-time Bachelor's and Master's law degrees plus the PPC are available. University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) 168 Olympic Way, GT. Tel: (345) 623 8224; Brac Campus: Stake Bay, Cayman Brac Tel: (345) 623 0540 Email: info@ucci.edu.ky Web: www. ucci.edu.ky Numerous associate, bachelor and certificate programmes available. There are also graduate programmes, trade courses and an IT academy. University of the West Indies (Open Campus) Cayman (UWI) Olympic Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 946 8322 Email: cayman@open.uwi.edu Web: www.open. uwi.edu Distance learning as well as a number of shorter face to face courses are available.

Innovative Management & Professional Training (IMPT) 201 Alissta Towers, North Sound Road, George Town. Tel: (345) 943 4678 Email: info_impt@candw.ky Web: www.impttraining.com IMPT offers a range of accounting, finance, business and administration certifications, plus computer training courses and business skills seminars.

Ready2Work KY Tel: (345) 945 3114 Email: ready2work@gov. ky Web: www.nwda.gov.ky A government programme for unemployed, high school or recent university graduates. The programme delivers structured training, individual and group support to mitigate the barriers to employment.

Car Insurance Providers Aon Cayman Risk Solutions (Cayman) Ltd. 94 Solaris Avenue, 2nd Floor, Camana Bay Tel: (345) 945 1266 Web: www.aon.com/caymanislands. Balderamos Insurance Services Tel: (345) 945 3450 Web: www.bis.ky. British Caymanian Insurance Tel: (345) 949 8699 Web: www.britcay.ky. Caribbean Alliance Tel: (345) 949 9744 Web: www.caribbeanalliance. com.

Inspire Cayman Training Crown Square, 71 Eastern Avenue Tel: (345) 939 1301 Email: info@inspirecaymantraining.com Web: www.inspirecaymantraining.com Earn internationally recognised credentials and develop career readiness skills.

Cayman First Insurance Company Ltd. 17 Vibert Bodden Drive, off Shedden Road Tel: (345) 949 7028 Web: www.caymanfirst.com.

Leadership Training for Teens (YMCA) Tel: (345) 926 9622 Email: info@ymcacayman.ky Web: www.ymcacayman.ky/programmes/teambuilding The YMCA BesTeams Team Building and Leadership Development programme encourages participants to learn to improve their communication, trust and problem solving skills.

Fidelity Insurance (Cayman) Ltd. Dr. Roys Drive, George Town Tel: (345) 949 5836 Web: www.fidelitygroup.com.

National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) 2nd Floor Midtown Plaza, 273 Elgin Avenue, George Town. Tel: (345) 945 3114 Email: nwda@gov.ky Web: www.nwda.gov.ky. Nova Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 623 1029 Email: info@nova.ky Web: www.nova.ky Nova offers a range of online courses, covering Microsoft Office, presentation skills and business related courses to help develop careers.


School of Veterinary Medicine (part of St. Matthew's University) Regatta Office Park, Leeward 4, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 814 3177 Email: admissions@ stmatthews.edu Web: www.stmatthews.edu Veterinary students complete seven semesters of basic science instruction in Grand Cayman and a year of clinical instruction at an affiliated US or Canadian veterinary school.

Chamber of Commerce Professional Development & Training Centre Governors Square, Lime Tree Bay Avenue. Tel: (345) 949 8090 Web: www.caymanchamber.ky Courses and workshops are available in: customer service, business essentials, legal masterclasses, finance, supervision, management and more.

Passport2Success Tel: (345) 945 3114 Email: nwda.training@gov. ky Web: www.passport2success.ky A 12-week programme for 17-23 year old Caymanians and a 16-week programme for Caymanian single mothers, designed to enhance workplace readiness skills and increase the employability of participants.

Cayman Insurance Centre (Insurance Brokers) Tel: (345) 949 4657 Web: www.cic.com.ky.

The Insurance Company of the West Indies (Cayman) Limited (ICWI) Tel: (345) 949 6970 Web: www.icwi.com. Island Heritage Insurance Company Ltd. 128 Lawrence Boulevard, Seven Mile Beach. Tel: (345) 949 7280 Web: www.islandheritageinsurance. com. Massy United Insurance Ltd. Tel: (345) 743 1900 massyunitedinsurance.com.







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B aby and children shops 187 Baby-proofing 195, 205


Babysitting 149, 190-191, 205 Ballet 231 Balloonimals345 223, 238 Bank accounts 158-159 Banks 165 Basketball 231, 246 Beach volleyball 199, 231 Behaviour therapy 116-117 Birth classes 173 Birth control 258 Boarding schools 70-76 Bodden Town Health Centre 173 Bon Vivant 39, 104, 239 Book club 50, 93, 132, 163, 185, 203, 229, 259 Book Loft (The) 205 Book Nook 205 Book shops 205 Books & Books 57, 185, 205 Boxed 52 Boxing 231, 246 Boyz 2 Men 248-249 Breastfeeding 173 British schooling system 62 Broadhurst LLC 166 Bullying 208-211 Bump Boutique (The) 172 Butterfield Bank 159, 165 Buying a home 146-147


amana Bay 198-199, 200, 202 Camana Bay Cinema 205 Camp Seafire 221 Captain George Dixon Park 201 Car insurance providers 261 Car safety 256-257 Car seats 175 Care Pharmacy 111, 141 Caregivers 191-191, 205 Caribbean Club Inside back cover Caribbean Optical 130 Caribbean schooling system 58-62 Cayman Clinic 129 Cayman Drama Society 104, 224 Cayman First 143, 144 Cayman International School 61, 99 Cayman Islands Cancer Society 240 Cayman Islands Crisis Centre 20, 141, 240 Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (DOT) 81 Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association 206 Cayman Islands Hospital 134, 138, 173

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Cayman Islands Humane Society 160, 198 Cayman Islands Law School 89, 261 Cayman Islands Little League 199, 224, 246 Cayman Islands Museum 237 Cayman Islands Red Cross 104 Cayman Learning Centre 105 Cayman National Bank 82, 165 Cayman Nature Store 205 Cayman Prep and High School 63, 100 Cayman Travel Services 23 Cayman Turtle Centre 198, 220, 222 Cayman Villas 3 Cemetery Beach 198 Centre Pointe Dance Studio 104, 231, 235 Change Project 209 Charities 29, 216-217, 240 Chatterbox 103, 117 Childbirth classes 173 Childcare agencies 191, 205 Childhood illness 110-113 Childproofing 195, 205 Children's playgroups 202, 205 Chiropractic care (infant) 143 Church services 239-240 CINICO 112, 143 Cleaners/helpers 149, 190 Clifton Hunter High School 97 Clongowes Wood College 74 Cooking classes 104 Cost of children's activities 224 Cottesmore School 75 Counselling 20, 141 Counselling Centre (The) 29, 141 Crazy Golf 233, 239 Creations Unlimited 239 Cricket 233, 246 CTMH Doctors Hospital 139, 181 Cyber safety 212-213 Cyberbullying 208-211 Cycling 188

D a Vinci Centre 143, 188 Dance classes 224, 231

Daria Keenan Photography 223, 239 Dart Family Park 200 Dental care 124, 138-141 Dental Centre (The) 122, 125, 140 Dentons 156, 157, 165 Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) 18, 178 Department of Vehicle and Drivers' Licensing 256257 Dermatologists 141 Developmental checks 135, 184 Dieticians 42-43, 141 Dining out with kids 46-47 Diving 91, 236 Divorce 154-155 Divorce lawyers 155, 165-166 Doctors 187, 122-123, 135-143 Doctors Express 137 Dog walking 160, 216, 247 Dominos Pizza 223, 237 Dorm & Day 71, 72-73 Doula services 173, 179, 187 Down Syndrome 169, 180 Dr. Jasmina Marinova 110, 113, 122, 135, 136, 184 Dr. Lori Graham 139, 140 Dr. Sara Watkin 113, 135, 183, 184 Dr. Wolfe's Dental Centre 138, 140 Driving licences 256-257


arly Intervention Programme (EIP) 103, 117, 143 Early learning centres 95-98 East End Health Centre 173 Education - Government schools 96-98 Education - Private schools 98-103 Education psychology 117, 141 Education systems 58-65

Embroidery services 107 ESM (Excel Sports Management) 238 Estate planning 156-157, 165 Event planning 220-223, 238 Examinations 60-63, 71, 79, 86 Extra-curricular classes 65, 104 Eye exams 121, 130, 139 Eyewear 121, 130, 139

FFamily amily counsellors 141 dining 46-47

Family homes 146-147 Family law 155, 165-166 Family meal ideas 38-39 Family Resource Centre (The) 20, 141, 173, 208-210 Fancy dress shops 238 Farmers markets 52 Fertility 168-169 Fidelity Bank 8, 165 Financial planning 82-83, 158-159 Financing a home 146-147 First aid/courses 104-105 First Baptist Christian School 95, 98, 101 FirstCaribbean Bank (CIBC) 21, 165 Fitness 131, 187-188 Fitness Connection 171, 232, 233 Flag football 233 Flu (or Influenza) 128-129 Food (organic) 52 Food allergies 40-41 Football 225, 233, 238, 246 Footsteps School 101, 106 Foster's 52, 142, 237 Foster's Airport Park 142, 200, 220 Fountains 199, 200 Free activities 198-199, 246-247 Freight forwarders 175, 188 Furniture 174, 187, 195 Fussy eating 48-49


olf 233 Government schools 58-62, 96-98 Gymnasiums and exercise studios 187 Gymnastics 224, 233


and, Foot & Mouth 111 Harold McCoy Sr Park 201 Health City 108, 139 Health insurance providers 143 Health listings 135-143 Health Services Authority 134, 138, 173 Helpers 149, 190 High Achievement Academy 105 Home Security 205 Home schooling 64-65 Homework guidance 67, 214-215 Hope Academy 101, 103, 141, 143 Hope Academy - Clinical Services 20, 118 Horseback riding 224, 233 Hospitals - Maternity 187 HSM Chambers 151, 165 Humane Society (The) 160, 216, 240, 247 Hurley's Supermarket 52, 237 Hurricane checklist 161, 162


magination Playground 202 Immigration - Divorce law 154-155 Immigration 150-153 Immigration professionals 166 Immunisations 128-129 IMPACT 345 217, 240 Infertility 168-169 Inline skating/hockey 224, 233 Insurance - Car 261 Insurance - Health 126-127, 143, 178 Insurance - Life 157, 166 Integra Healthcare Ltd 113, 135, 184 International Baccalaureate 62-63, 85 International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) 88, 107, 261 Internships 254

Interview tips 255 Island Heritage Insurance 21, 257, 261 Island Montessori 95 Island Smile Orthodontics 140 IVF 168-169

Jerald Smith Park 201 K arate 224, 233, 246 KidsAbility 119, 143

Kids clubs 202 Kimpton Seafire 221 Kings Sports Centre 223, 233, 239 Kirk Market Inside front cover Kitesurfing 235 Kman Vets 161


aboratories 139 Lactation consultants 173, 187 Lamaze childbirth classes 173, 187 Language courses & tuition 105 Language disorders 119, 143 Law firms 165 Leadership training 107, 240, 247 Learning & cognitive issues 116-119 Libraries 226-227 Licensing a vehicle 256-257 Life insurance 157, 166 Little Explorers Playgroup 202, 205 Little League 199, 224, 246 Logic 8 Logic - Cyber Bullying 209 Lunchbox options 34-37



annies 149, 190-191, 196-197 National Drug Council 20, 249 National Gallery 104, 247 Naturalisation 153 Neonatal loss 24-29 Nestle 32 Netball 233, 246 Newborn complications 183 Newland Heights Park 200 North Side Clinic 173 North Sound Gardens Park 200 Nurseries and preschools 54-55, 95-96 Nursery furniture and equipment 174-175 Nutrition 33-52

Oasis Aqua Park 115, 225 OBGYNs 180-181, 187

PPaediatricians addleboarding 235 135-136, 179, 180

Painting 104 Parkour 233 Parks 200-201 Party Mania 221, 238 Party planning 220-223, 237-239 Party shops 223, 238 Pasadora Family Dental Centre 140, 141 Passports 148, 166 Paternity leave 179 Pedro St. James Castle 200, 222, 237, 239 Permanent residence 150-153, 154-155, 166 Pharmacies 111, 141-142, 182, 187 Photographers 30-31, 223, 239 Physiotherapy 142-143 Picture This Studios 30-31, 239 Pilates 171, 187-188 Playgrounds 200-201 Playgroups 202, 205-206 Positive parenting 242-244 Postpartum care 173, 187 Pregnancy books 185 Pregnancy exercise 170-171 Pregnancy listings 187-188 Prenatal exercise classes 170-171 Prenatal health insurance 178 Preschools 54-55, 95-96, 190 Primary schools 96-97, 98-103 Psychiatry 141 Psychology 141 Public Health Department 44, 128-129, 134 Public Parks 200-201

Queen Elizabeth II Park 201, 237 Radio Flyer 202 RBC Dominion Securities 83, 252-253

RE/MAX - Kass Coleman 147 Reading tips 56-57, 66, 192-193, 226 Real estate 146-147 Recipes 36-37, 40-41 Renting a home 146-147 Restaurants - Family friendly 46-47 Ritz-Carlton - Internships 255 Road safety 256-257 Roller skating 223, 224, 233 Rugby 224, 233, 246 Rules of the road 256-257


ailing 224-225, 235 Saving for college 82-83, 252 Scholars Park 200 Scholarship Secretariat 77, 78, 80 Scholarships 77-81, 84 School health screenings 59 School listings (preschool) 95-96 School listings (primary, high) 96-103 School listings (public) 96-98 School uniforms 59, 107 Schools - Enrolment policies 59 Schools (choosing preschools) 54-55 Schools (choosing primary/high) 58-63 Screen time 215, 196-197 Scuba diving 91, 236 Seven Mile Beach Park 200 Seven Mile Medical Clinic 111, 136, 141 Sexual health 168-169, 258 Shining Stars 96, 97 Shipping companies 175, 188 Sister Janice's Early Learning Center 96, 98 Skateboarding & parks 131, 225, 233, 237, 239, 247 Skating 233, 239 Sky Blue Aquatics 114, 115, 206, 234 Smile Dental Clinic 139, 140 Snorkelling 198, 235

Soccer 225, 233, 238 South Sound Community Centre 202, 206 South Sound Playgroup 202, 206 Special needs education 103, 116-119, 143 Speech and language therapy 103, 117, 118, 143 Sports 131, 224-225, 231-234, 245, 246 Sports activities/clubs 131, 224-225, 231-234, 245, 246 Sports clothing and equipment 107, 235-236 Squash (sport) 224, 233 St. Ignatius Catholic School 96, 102, 218 St. Ignatius Church 240 St. Matthew's University 89, 107, 261 Stables 233 Standard Health Insurance Contract (SHIC) 126, 127, 178 Starfish Village 96 Stillbirth 24-29 Story Time 198-199 Strand Medical Centre (The) 136 Sun protection 120 Sunday school 239-240 Supermarkets 52 Swim lessons 233-234 Swim safety 114-115 Swimming 206, 225 Swimwear and sun tops 206 Synchronised swimming 234 Synergy Chiropractic and Physiotherapy 131


ai Chi 233 TAYA Lounge 18, 240, 247 Technical & vocational courses 79, 90-91, 261 Ten pin bowling 234 Tennis 224, 234 Theatre 104, 224 Tomlinson Furniture 174, 175, 187 Toy shops 205 Traffic rules 256-257 Training - Sports 131 Travel - Immigration rules 150-153 Travel - Passports 148 Travelling with kids 22-23 Truman Bodden Law School 89 Trust lawyers 165-166 Turtle Reef 198 Tutoring 66-67 Tutoring companies 105-106


niversities 84-89 University College of the Cayman Islands 89, 90, 91, 261 University entry requirements 84-89


alspar 15 Valu-Med Pharmacy 142, 182 Vanguard School (The) 75, 76 Vehicle insurance 256 Village Montessori 96 VisionWear Cayman 121 Vocational courses 90-92 Vocational scholarships 79 Volunteering 216-217


artial arts 233 Mastic Trail 198, 201 Maternity hospitals 187 Maternity leave 179 Maternity wards 181, 187 Maternity wear 172 McGrath Tonner Attorneys 155, 165 Meal planning 38-39 Meals on Wheels 217, 240 Means testing 79 Medical health providers 135-143 Mental health assessments 103 Mental health providers 20, 143 Midwifery services 179, 180 Mini golf 223, 233 Ministry of Education 78 Miscarriage 24-29 Mise en Place 45, 52 Montessori By The Sea 101 Montessori del Sol 97 Moonbeam Park 200 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 18 Museums 199, 237 Music equipment 106 Music lessons 106, 224 Musical instruments 106 Must Love Dogs 236 My Island Dentist 139

Occupational therapy providers 103, 117, 143 Ocean Frontiers 223, 235 Opticians & ophthalmologists 121, 130, 139

W ater rescue courses 104 Watersports 234-235

Watler Park 200 WEE Care at First Baptist 95, 98 Welcome Baby 174-175 Well-child checks 184 Wellness Centre (The) 20, 141, 142 West Bay Health Centre 173 Wills and estate planning 156-157 Windsor Park 200 Wreck of the Cali 198

Y MCA 237, 240 Yoga 170-171, 188

Youth groups 107, 240, 246-247



In conversation with...

Felicia McLean Director of Operations & Nursing at Jasmine, Cayman’s only free-to-all palliative and hospice care facility, and mother of four.

What has your biggest career challenge been?

I would have to say my biggest career challenge was learning to listen. My passion often drives me to go, go, go, but learning how to listen has helped me to connect to the passion of other pioneers in hospice care, to colleagues who are also on the frontline of delivering care and, most importantly, to patients and their families.

Who has inspired you and why?

I have grown up surrounded by intelligent, strong-willed ladies who continuously strive to be the best at whatever task they take on and never give up. I am inspired by my grandmother (Martha McField) and mother (Beulah McField) for their hard work founding Meals on Wheels and Rehoboth Ministries. My sister, (Chief Civil Service Officer) Gloria McField-Nixon, who excels in her field, has always made me proud to be her sister. They have all reached for the stars and inspire me to do the same.

How do you juggle working full-time with raising your children?


Juggling kids and work has been an ongoing task, from being a teenage mom in Nursing School to my current role. I am blessed to work in an environment that values family time and allows me the flexibility to be available to my kids when possible. That being said, I don’t do it alone; my husband, nanny and family all pitch in as needed to allow me to do my day job while ensuring my kids aren’t neglected. It is my village (family and friends) that allows me to succeed.

What does your role at Jasmine involve?

What advice can you offer parents on achieving a work/life balance?

What about Jasmine makes you most proud?

What are the most important lessons you’d like your children to learn?

I am responsible for all the day-to-day operations of this nonprofit organisation, which include overseeing fundraising, public education, clinical planning, and working with patients and their families. Basically ensuring that all programmes that Jasmine offers are run as smoothly as possible!

There is so much to be proud of that it is hard to choose one thing. I have the opportunity to work with an amazing team of highly trained and motivated nurses and caregivers. I am also blessed to have a great administrative team and an amazing group of volunteers on our Board of Directors. I am also proud of the Cayman community, especially for the overwhelming financial and volunteer support that we continuously receive. The new state-of-the-art Jasmine Villa is a testament to the community’s dedication to our cause. It is truly humbling to see the way the Cayman community pays it forward, allowing our services to remain free of charge to everyone.

It is great to work hard and reach for your goals, but give the very best of you to your family whenever you are home (no matter how long of a day you had). Spend time with your kids, playing with them, teaching them and loving them. Our families should always come first.

I would like to teach my kids to love God and love others as they love themselves, treating people with humility, gentleness and patience. And also to never say never and never give up.

How can people help with the important work Jasmine does?

Donating is the number one way to support Jasmine. No amount is too small. Volunteering is another great way to help. For fundraising or volunteering enquiries, please email us at info@ jasmine.ky.

Felicia McLean has over two decades of experience in nursing. She qualified as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Cayman Islands Hospital in 1997 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2003. Felicia began her career at Jasmine in 2005 and has worked her way up from being a Trainee Palliative Nurse, to Clinical Manager, and now Director. In 2019 she received a Certificate and Badge of Honour from HRH The Prince of Wales for her work in palliative care in the Cayman Islands. Felicia is married to Kyle McLean and is the proud mother of four beautiful children – Kaylyn (10), Keion (8), Kezia (5) and Genet (23) – and proud mother-in-law of Zack Jernigan.


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