Kate middleton puts Meghan and Harry drama behind her to launch national survey on early childhood


Kate puts Meghan and Harry drama behind her
to launch national survey on early childhood.KATE has travelled to Birmingham to launch a national
survey on the early years development of children. The Duchess of Cambridge put the royal drama
over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry behind her as she kicked off a 24-hour tour in Birmingham
to highlight her new project. Kate will also travel to London, Cardiff and
Surrey as she launches the initiative to ask “five big questions on the under fives”
which will guide her future work on the subject.The online poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori for the
Royal Foundation, is thought to be the biggest survey of its kind and aims to spark a nationwide
conversation on early childhood.Kate looked smart in a green blouse teamed with stylish
black wide leg trousers as she joined a group of youngsters, health professionals, parents
and supporters of her project at Birmingham’s Thinktank science museum. The mother-of-three said: “I’m here today
to help launch a survey to hear society’s views about raising the next generation. “Parents, carers and families are at the
heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to
them.“As a parent I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children.“I
want to hear the key issues affecting our families and communities so I can focus my
work on where it is needed most.“My ambition is to provide a lasting change for generations
to come.”Kate, who is mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, has made
early childhood one of the main focuses of her public work.During the first stop of her
tour, Kate crouched down and interacted with youngsters in MiniBrum, a child-size version
of Birmingham in the museum.And as she chatted to parents, she said: “I think the early
years of life are the most important years, for life long health and happiness.“They
help us avoid adversity, or certainly builds resilience to adversity in later life – prevent
challenges with mental later down the line.“It is estimated that there’s a huge social
and economic cost to late intervention of £17bn in England and Wales.“The early years
are more crucial for future health and happiness than any other moment in our lifetime.”Kate
has established a steering group of experts, which first met in May 2018, to look at the
issue of early years development of children.Her survey will run from January 21 to February
21 and it will ask those taking part five questions to find out their views about early
years.Jasmine Norris, assistant manager at St Paul’s Nursery in the Balsall Heath area
of Birmingham, brought eight children to the event and spoke to Kate.She said: “I think
early years is vital, incredibly important. I think we help the children to move on into
their future education, and their lives.“We want them to be the best they can be we want
to prepare them for life.”David Holmes, chief executive of Family Action which has
Kate as its patron, also attended.He said: “Every parent, carer and family wants the
best for their child, and raising the profile of the vital early years in a child’s life
is work of national importance.“The insight from this survey will give the early years
sector valuable direction in designing and delivering services and support which reflect
what matters most to people.”

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