Living and working in the Cayman Islands is a fantastic opportunity for families. The ‘move’ takes a lot more consideration when you come as a unit rather than a single person though. Affinity is seasoned at helping you make the move, ensuring you and your family are well informed, before you get on the plane with your sunscreen and beach towels packed. We have included some key things to know here. You can find a great breakdown on everything you need to know about moving on the Cayman New Resident site.

What do you really need to know?

Immunizations

Although most countries have similar vaccination schedules, they do differ. It is well worth double-checking that your children are up to date on everything required by the Cayman Islands Government, especially for younger children in the midst of receiving their vaccinations. Nurseries and schools will ask for an up to date vaccination card. You can find out more via Cayman Islands Public Health.

Nurseries and Schooling

There are an abundance of good quality nurseries in the Cayman Islands. Facilities take children from 3 months old and a variety of types of nursery are available. Some nurseries go right through to school age. Pre-school nurseries are a little more of a premium in Cayman, as are schools, (the legal age to attend is 5 years old – home schooling is uncommon but can be done). So having a plan is essential if you have school age children.

The schooling system in the Cayman Islands is based on the UK education system. Private schools do differ a range of systems though, including the Baccalaureate and Montessori. Bringing your school age children to Cayman is a big consideration, as you must make sure they can be enrolled in the right school – taking into account both the type of education and the cost.

If you child needs specialist support with learning, development or a disability, it is well worth investigating what is available locally. There are some excellent private organisations in Cayman to support children who need a bit more attention in specific areas. Howeverthe island is limited in comparison to the USA or the UK, so having your expectations met before the bigmove is recommended.

Pets

Yes, they are often an essential part of the family! Moving animals to Cayman involves some planning. The Cayman Islands are free from rabies, so this is the main consideration. To avoid quarantine, you must be up to date on all your pet vaccinations and the rabies vaccinations need 6 months to be completed.