Nurseries & Preschools

As one very much-loved owner of a pre-school once said, “The role of pre-school is to allow abundant social outlet, to stimulate the imagination, to bake, create, problem solve, perform, to laugh, to form friendships, to plant, to build wigwams, to run, to climb and to be free. Cayman society places quite some pressure and elevated expectations on the academic performance of such young people, and in turn on the institutions entrusted to care for/educate them. Children develop in greatly varying time frames, and we must trust the system and trust that our children will learn each skill of physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social readiness in their own good time”.

If your child’s preschool covers such things as the correct pencil grip (Google it), the phonetic sound of the alphabet and how to write numbers from one to ten, then this is a bonus and will definitely help your child transition to reading and writing. The top preschools do teach these things, while placing great emphasis on learning through play, beautiful manners and appropriate social interaction, which is why they are all full and very hard to get into. Do visit a few schools and get a feel for how happy the children are.

Improving Standards in Preschools
In 2013, the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Care and Education Unit began conducting inspections of all Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Centres. Their goal was to introduce new national standards and a national curriculum, for young pre-school children, ultimately shifting the schooling culture from one of child minding to one of child learning, so that children were better prepared for their entry into primary school at the age of four. The new standards not only included health and safety regulations but also how the staff were managed, how they interacted with the children and ensured that the children were being properly stimulated and taught age appropriate activities. Teachers were also taught how to identify children who might have learning difficulties and then how to better help the child so that they will be better ready for primary school.

This process is now ongoing and every preschool is inspected prior to their licence being renewed. If the school is not up to the required standard, then a three months’ period of improvement is given and, as was the case in 2015, if the school did not improve then it was closed down.

The Government has chosen to focus on preschool education in an effort to address the problems in the public school system with reading, writing and behavioural issues. Therefore, to ensure that all children have access to Early Years learning, there is funding available for families on lower incomes. In order to qualify, children must be three years old as of 1st September and meet specified financial criteria. For more information and to see how to apply, see the Department of Education Services (DES) website on www.education.gov.ky.

Here is a quick overview of all the preschools in Grand Cayman. Much much more information can be found in the listings below, but to give you a quick idea of costs and hours that the preschools are open see here:

Bright Start Learning Centre
Hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm. Playroom open Saturdays 9am-6pm
Monthly Fees: Full-day CI$660, half-day CI$475

Discovery Kids Preschool  
Hours: 7am-5.30pm
Fees: Part-time CI$400, full-time CI$550

First Baptist Christian School/WEE Care Centre
School hours: 7.30am-5.30pm (full-time), 7.30am-12.30pm (part-time)
Monthly Fees: Full-time: CI$730; Part-time (5 half-days): CI$590; Three Full Days: CI$590

Island Montessori
Hours: 7.30am-5pm
Monthly Fees: CI$875

Launch Pad Enrichment Centre
Hours: 6.30am-6.30pm
Monthly Fees: 6 weeks-17 months CI$600 per month full-time; 18 months-5 years CI$500 full-time and CI$350 half-days. After-school homework help and creative activities are available from 3pm-6.30pm for other school children – Monthly CI$200. Pick-up service from Prospect Primary, Savannah Primary and Bodden Town Primary schools for an additional CI$20-40 per month. Sibling discounts available.

Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School
Hours: 7.30am-5.30pm
Monthly Fees: Half-day CI$825 (7.30am-12.30pm), full-day CI$995

Montessori Del Sol
Hours: 7.45am-3.30pm
Monthly Fees: Toddler Programme (18 months–3 years): Mornings (7.30am–12pm) CI$925, Toddler Extended Day (7.30am-2pm) CI$995; Casa Programme (3–6 years): Montessori Mornings (7.30am–12.15pm) CI$885, Lunch Bunch (7.30am-1.30pm) CI$940, Full-Day (7.30am–3.30pm) CI$975. After Care (3.30pm-4.30pm) CI$15 per day. One-time only application fee of CI$200. Annual registration and supplies fee CI$250 each year.

Montessori School of Cayman
Hours: 7.30am-12.30pm (Half Days); 7.30am-3.30pm (Full Days)
Monthly Fees: Three Half Days – CI$600 per month; Three Full Days – CI$700 per month; Four Half Days – CI$750 per month;  Four Full Days – CI$850 per month; Five Half Days – CI$850 per month; Five Full Days -CI $925 per month.

Rite Start Preschool
Hours: 7am-6pm
Monthly Fees: Day care CI$600 per month; Pre-School CI$500 per month

St. George’s Anglican Preschool
Hours: 7.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday
Fees: Monthly CI$450; Fortnightly CI$250; Weekly CI$125

St. Ignatius Catholic School/Early Years Centre
Fees: Annual: CI$8,905, Per Term: CI$3,118 (3 terms) and Monthly: CI$974 (10 months)

Shining Stars Childhood Care & Education Centre
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm
Monthly Fees: CI$650 (full-time), CI$495 (part-time), CI$725 (nursery/ages 6-12 mths)

Sister Janice Early Learning Centre
Hours: 7am-6pm
Monthly Fees: CI$475 includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack (five Full-Days).

Sprogs Nursery and Eco-School
Monthly Fees: CI$520-CI$1,195 (depending on the number of days per week and age of the child)

Starfish Village Toddler Programme
Hours: 8am-11.30am or 8am-3pm
Monthly Fees: 3 mornings per week CI$590, 3 Full-Days per week CI$690, 5 mornings per week CI$850, 5 Full-Days per week CI$950.

The Achievement Center
Hours: 7am-6pm
Monthly Fees: CI$550 for full-time, including breakfast and lunch.

Tiny Tots Academy
Hours: 7am -6pm
Monthly Fees: 5 Full-Days (ages 6 weeks to 18 months) CI$725 per month, 5 Full-Days (19 months to 4 years) CI$675 per month. Part-time rates vary from CI$200 to CI$575 per month depending on age and the number of days attended per week. Fees include breakfast, a hot lunch and an afternoon snack.

Treasure Garden Preschool
Hours: 7.30 am-5.30pm
Monthly Fees: Full-day rate (7.30am–5.30pm) CI$850, Half-day rate (7.30am–12.30pm or 12.30pm-5.30pm) CI$700

Village Montessori
Hours: 7.30am-3.30pm
Toddler Programme Monthly Fees: (18 months-3 years) Montessori Mornings (7.30am-11.45am) CI$935 and Lunch Bunch (7.30am-1pm) CI$995
Casa Programme Monthly Fees: (3-5 years) Montessori Mornings (7.30am-12.15pm) CI$900, Lunch Bunch (7.30am-1pm) CI$950,  Full-Day (7.30am-3.30 pm) CI$995.

For much more detailed information about the preschools in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, see the individual listings below. We offer the most extensive and comprehensive list of details about preschools available anywhere and include class sizes, prices per age and per class, opening hours, location, meals, a school description  and more.

Bright Start Learning Centre

Hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm. Playroom open Saturdays 9am-6pm
Monthly Fees: Full-day CI$660, half-day CI$475

Tel: +1 345 949 3017 Email: [email protected]

Cayman International School

95 Minerva Drive, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman
Cayman International School accepts children from 2 years to 18 years.

Tel: +1 345 945 4664 Email: [email protected] www.caymaninternationalschool.org

Discovery Kids Preschool

Sigma Building, 93 Hospital Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Discovery Kids accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Tel: +1 345 946 5437 Email: [email protected]

First Baptist Christian School /WEE Care Centre

920 Crewe Road (Red Bay area), Grand Cayman
Wee Care accepts babies from 3 months, to children of 4 years and 9 months of age.

Tel: +1 345 949 0691 Email: [email protected] weecare.edu.ky

Grace Christian Academy

21 Crescent Close, off Boltins Ave, West Bay, Grand Cayman
Grace Christian Academy accepts children from 3 years to 18 years of age.

Tel: +1 345 945 0899 Email: [email protected] www.gracechristianacademycayman.org

Island Montessori

491 Crewe Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Cayman Casa Montessori accepts children from 6 months to 5 years of age.

Tel: +1 345 945 5814 Email: [email protected]

Launch Pad Enrichment Centre

1866 Shamrock Road, Savannah, Grand Cayman
Launch Pad accepts children from 6 weeks to 4 years 9 months.

Tel: +1 345 945 1866 Email: [email protected]

Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School

39 Columbus Close, off Walkers Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Little Trotters accepts children from 18 months to 5 years.

Tel: +1 345 949 4080 Email: [email protected] www.littletrotters.ky

Montessori By The Sea

277 Prospect Point Drive, Prospect, Grand Cayman
Montessori By The Sea accepts children from 21 months to 12 years old.

Tel: +1 345 947 0684 Email: [email protected] www.mbts.ky

Montessori Del Sol

11 Hinds Way, off Walkers Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Montessori Del Sol accepts children aged 18 months to 6 years.

Tel: +1 345 949 3222 Email: [email protected]

Montessori School of Cayman

519 South Church Street, George Town, Grand Cayman
Montessori School of Cayman accepts children aged 18 months to 4 years and 9 months.

Tel: +1 345 949 0202 Email: [email protected]

Shining Stars

17 Pasadora Place, Pines Road, Off Smith Road (near the George Town Hospital).
Shining Stars accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age

Tel: +1 345 943 7077 Email: [email protected] www.shiningstarscayman.com

Sister Janice Early Learning Centre

41 Desmond Drive, off Crewe Rad, George Town, Grand Cayman
Sister Janice's accepts children aged 6 months to 5 years.

Tel: +1 345 949 2524 Email: [email protected]

St. George’s Anglican Preschool

64 Courts Road, Off Eastern Avenue, George Town, Grand Cayman
St. George's accepts children aged 2 years to 5 years.

Tel: +1 345 945 0441 Email: [email protected]

St. Ignatius Catholic School

599 Walkers Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Sr. Ignatius accepts children from 3 years to 18 years of age.

Tel: +1 345 949 9250 Email: [email protected] www.st-ignatius.com/

Starfish Village Toddler Programme

94 Solaris Avenue, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman
Starfish Village Toddler Programme accepts children from 2 to 4 years.

Tel: +1 345 640 7827 Email: [email protected] starfishvillage.com

The Achievement Center

295 Shamrock Road, next to Red Bay Primary, Grand Cayman
The Achievement Center accepts children from 12 months to 4 years 9 months.

Tel: +1 345 947 5050 Email: [email protected]

Tiny Tots Academy

109 Hinds Way, off Walkers Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Tiny Tots accepts children from ages 6 weeks to 4 years 11 months.

Tel: +1 345 623 8687 Email: [email protected]

Treasure Garden Preschool

19 Pond Road, off Smith Road, George Town, Grand Cayman
Treasure Garden Preschool accepts children from 18 months to 5 years.

Tel: +1 345 943 6230 Email: [email protected] www.treasuregardenpreschool.com

Village Montessori

94 Solaris Avenue, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman
Village Montessori accepts children aged 18 months to 6 years.

Tel: +1 345 938 7464 Email: [email protected]