On Thursday afternoon, 40-year-old Kate held an Early Years Meeting via video link. The private engagement does not come as a surprise as the royal is passionate about children’s mental health and the early years.
In June 2021, the Duchess launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early years experiences in shaping society over the long term.
Last month, Kate hosted a discussion that largely focused on findings by The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which showed that nine in ten people agree that early years are important in shaping children’s lives, but less than a fifth recognise the importance of children’s development from birth to the age of five.
The research also found that seven in ten people believe early years development should be more of a priority for society, while over half recognise that future mental health is the most likely part of adult life to be affected by one’s early years.
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“We know that only a minority of people understand the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life, and this is what we really do need to change,” Kate said.
“If we can teach children to manage their emotions and feelings at a young age, it will help them avoid having to turn to addiction, self-harm or suicide even in later life. Together we have a huge opportunity here to help shape the future.”