Kate Middleton will hold talks with senior government ministers

The Duchess of Cambridge will host a panel discussion on the importance of early childhood development and its mental health links with senior government ministers today.

Alongside the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, he will meet with Secretary of Health Sajid Javid, Minister of Families Will Quince, representatives from the early childhood sector and officials from the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Welfare.

The discussion will focus on his centre’s new findings which show nine out of 10 (91%) agree that the early years are important in shaping children’s lives, although less than a fifth (17%) recognize the unique importance. development of children from birth to the age of five.

Speaking before the meeting, Kate, 40, said: “Our experiences in early childhood have a fundamental impact on our entire life and lay the foundation for how we continue to thrive as individuals, with each other. as a community and as a society.

“The results released today present us with a tremendous opportunity and show that there is a real appetite on the part of the public to raise this issue across all of our agendas.

“There is more we can all do: Every member of society can play a key role, whether directly with a child or by investing in the adults around them: parents, guardians, the workforce for the first few years. life and more “.

The results show that seven out of 10 people (70%) believe that early life development should be more of a priority for society.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured in January 2020 visiting LEYF (London Early Years Foundation) Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre-school) will host a panel discussion on the importance of early childhood development and its mental health links with the senior government ministers today

Next to the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, Kate (pictured Monday) will meet with Secretary of Health Sajid Javid, Minister of Families Will Quince, representatives from the Early Childhood sector and officials from the Department of Education and the Department of Health. and social assistance

Next to the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, Kate (pictured Monday) will meet with Secretary of Health Sajid Javid, Minister of Families Will Quince, representatives from the Early Childhood sector and officials from the Department of Education and the Department of Health. and social assistance

Next to the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, Kate (pictured Monday) will meet with Secretary of Health Sajid Javid, Minister of Families Will Quince, representatives from the Early Childhood sector and officials from the Department of Education and the Department of Health. and social assistance

Meanwhile, over half (55%) of the public recognize that future mental health is the most likely part of adult life to be affected by the early years, followed by the ability to create and maintain relationships (51%) and future happiness ( 40%).

The Duchess founded her research center after working with academics and industry professionals who believe that what happens to the youngest members of society has a direct impact on their adult life, including their mental health, addiction and social exclusion. , as well as their physical well-being.

Ipso research commissioned by its Center for Early Childhood shows that informal groups are the main source of support for parents, with more than half of parents of children between the ages of 0 and five saying their family or friends they were the best source of information on their child’s emotionality and social development.

Despite all this, parents are still more likely to seek information and advice on their child’s physical health than on their social or emotional development, with 35% asking for nutrition advice, while only 21% asking for advice on child development. social skills.

The discussion will focus on his centre's new findings which show nine out of 10 (91%) agree that the early years are important in shaping children's lives, although less than a fifth (17%) recognize the unique importance. development of children from birth to the age of five.  In the photo, Kate interacts with children during a cooking workshop at PACT (Parents and Children Together) in Southwark in February 2022

The discussion will focus on his centre's new findings which show nine out of 10 (91%) agree that the early years are important in shaping children's lives, although less than a fifth (17%) recognize the unique importance. development of children from birth to the age of five.  In the photo, Kate interacts with children during a cooking workshop at PACT (Parents and Children Together) in Southwark in February 2022

The discussion will focus on his centre’s new findings which show nine out of 10 (91%) agree that the early years are important in shaping children’s lives, although less than a fifth (17%) recognize the unique importance. development of children from birth to the age of five. In the photo, Kate interacts with children during a cooking workshop at PACT (Parents and Children Together) in Southwark in February 2022

The Duchess of Cambridge sits on a log with children at Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground, London, in 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge sits on a log with children at Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground, London, in 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge sits on a log with children at Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground, London, in 2018

Kelly Beaver, managing director of Ipsos UK and Ireland, who conducted the survey of over 4,000 British adults from 21 April to 5 May, added: “While most of us agree that the experiences we have people have in childhood can have a significant impact on their future; a minority of Brits recognize the unique importance of a child’s first five years of life.

“These formative years are crucial to any child’s emotional, social and physical development and this new foundational research, for the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, offers the opportunity for society to start a discussion about how parents and children can be supported. better during this period. ‘

The Duchess has already visited Denmark to learn more about their investment in early childhood development, having launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early experiences in shaping society. long-term.

The Duchess has already visited Denmark (pictured with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Princess Mary) to learn more about their investment in early childhood development, having launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early years of experience in shaping society in the long term

The Duchess has already visited Denmark (pictured with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Princess Mary) to learn more about their investment in early childhood development, having launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early years of experience in shaping society in the long term

The Duchess has already visited Denmark (pictured with Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Princess Mary) to learn more about their investment in early childhood development, having launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early years of experience in shaping society in the long term