It’s a classic win-win-win situation: Kids love it, parents love it and the folks at Starfish Village love providing various children’s education, enrichment and play programmes.
Opened in 2014 at Camana Bay, Starfish Village offers on-site childcare in an innovative and technology-free environment where playful learning is designed to spark imagination, exploration and discovery.
We operate as a family and are involved with each of the families we work with.TRACI BRADLEY, CO OWNER, STARFISH VILLAGE
With the recently opened “Camp Seafire” in Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, there are now two locations catering to children through the age of 12.
Starfish Village is exactly that – a village. Offering a range of services which include a Toddler Morning Programme, Speciality Classes, Drop & Play and Stay & Play options.
“We operate as a family and are involved with each of the families we work with. Our identity is to be open and welcoming,” said co-owner Traci Bradley. “We wanted to create something different where we know the children and parents on a personal level and develop camaraderie among the village. We are here to help families, whether it be deciding the next level of schooling or working together on growing specific skill sets.”
Each Starfish Village programme is designed to nurture creativity and foster children’s selfconfidence while encouraging holistic learning in a diverse community-like setting.
The “Drop & Play” service is a special concept that Starfish Village has recently introduced. Described as “spontaneous babysitting” by Bradley, this service is for parents who need a few hours to themselves, whether to grab lunch in Camana Bay or run errands. Parents can drop kids ages 3-12 years anytime between 8am and 6pm. If the service is needed past 6pm, parents are asked to pre-register and Starfish Village will accommodate.
Starfish Village offers kids’ camps during local school breaks, including eight weeks of summer camp, week-long midterm camps in February and October and an annual Easter camp that runs the week before and after Easter.
Each camp is themed and includes a full schedule of hands-on activities, crafts, snacks and lunches. The theme for the upcoming Easter Camp is “Cayman Culture” and includes a half-day camp, a full-day camp and an extended-day camp in which the children experience a full day of Cayman culture with activities such as thatch rope crafts and visiting the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market to meet local farmers and learn about local produce. Summer Camp 2017 begins 4 July and runs through 4 August.
Camp Seafire is Starfish Village’s newest venture, offering children’s day camp for guests of the resort. Designed for children ages 4–12, Camp Seafire runs from 9am–9pm, seven days a week. Similar to Camana Bay’s Drop & Play, campers do not need to pre-register to join in on the fun.
Camp Seafire’s mission is to create lasting memories for the island’s youngest tourists, incorporating Cayman culture into every day’s fun activities. In addition, there’s an activity theme – such as science – that changes monthly.
Maintaining the promise of being technology-free, Camp Seafire allows kids to participate in food crafts, games in the pool, beach fun and more. Guests of the hotel can also book staff from Camp Seafire and Starfish Village for in-room babysitting, available for any age.
For more information on any of the services at Starfish Village or Camp Seafire, please visit www.starfishvillage.com or call 640-7827.