Parents/Guardians may depend on assistance from others to care for their children while they work or complete essential household duties such as grocery shopping or banking where it is not recommended for children to enter.
Making the decision to leave your child/ren in someone else’s care – either in your home, or someone else’s home, is a very important decision. This guide has been developed to help you, the parent or primary caregiver, make a more informed decision regarding the persons you leave your child with, and the environment your child is in.
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Who can care for my child under regulatory guidance of the cayman islands?
The guidance in the Cayman Islands indicates that children under the age of 14 years old should not be left alone at home. Depending on a child’s cognitive maturity level, mental and physical disabilities, parental level of trust, and safety of the community/neighbourhood, a parent may consider leaving a child aged 14 or older at home alone for short periods of time. Mature young people and adults can care for your younger child(ren). These people may be family members, friends or neighbours who volunteer their services or a person who is caring for your child for financial reward.
If a person is caring for your child who is under 5 years old in their home for financial reward, this person should be caring for no more than 3 children in their home. The Education Law, 2016 states that any person caring for more than 3 children not of the same family in their home must be registered as an early childhood care and education centre. Any person caring for children in their home, regardless of the children’s ages, for financial reward must have a Trade and Business Licence or Certificate of Incorporation, a clean and valid Police Record and approval from the Planning Department for the venue being utilised for care.
If you have employed a person to care for your child(ren) in your own home, there must be an employment agreement which may take the form of a contract and would detail hours of employment, salary, etc. If the employee is not Caymanian, you must ensure that all requirements of Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) are adhered to.
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