While most preschools do not have school uniform, all primary and high schools in Cayman have specified uniforms, as well as shoe and hat policies. Read on to find out how to organise your child's uniform correctly.
Almost all preschools do not have a school uniform policy but they encourage parents to bring children in clothes that they can easily play in and shoes that they can take on and off themselves. They will also require that your child brings a backpack to school with a change of clothes in it.
While most preschools do not have a school uniform, all primary and high schools in Cayman require uniforms. Most uniforms for private primary and high schools may be bought directly from the schools, however some uniform items for Cayman Prep School and Cayman International School include khaki or navy shorts/trousers/skorts that Lands' End sell. However, these items can be bought on-island at Becky's Closet (they have matched the colour).
All primary and high schools, whether government or private have specified school uniforms and you are advised to organise them early or your child’s size may well get sold out. Most of the schools sell their own or will let you know where to buy them. Becky's Closet (GKF Warehouses, 90 Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town. Tel: (345) 939 0007) stocks certain school uniforms (plus they do tailoring and alterations), speak with your child's school or a Becky's Closet representative for more info.
Schools also usually have a very specific shoe policy – make sure to ask! Usually shoes must be black and have no special features on them. Black sneakers cannot be substituted for formal black school shoes.
Many of the private schools also now, very wisely considering the relentless sun in the Cayman Islands, have a hat policy. No hat, no play! They do not as yet have a sunglasses policy and many of the Island’s ophthalmologists wish they did – 80% of the damage which begins to appear in our 60s occurs under the age of 18. We have been told that Cayman Prep School now allow their children to wear sunglasses when outside and doing PE.