The Duchess arriving.
The engagement was originally scheduled as part of last Wednesday's 24 hour whistlestop tour across the UK to mark the launch of 5 Big Questions. Kate revealed today over 100,000 people have completed it in its first week. The Duchess said "I'm so happy. I can't wait to see the results".
Speaking about 5 Big Questions last week, the Duchess said: "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. The Early Years are more crucial for future health and happiness than any other moment in our lifetime. I want to hear the key issues affecting our families and communities so I can focus my work on where it is needed most."
Inside, Kate met staff and discussed the survey "It's great to visit places like this where communities come together to support one another. Last week I launched a UK wide survey on early childhood because I want to hear society’s views about raising the next generation."
As breakfast was prepared, Kate spoke to chefs about the importance of nutritious food for a child's development.
'In the kitchen, Kate chatted about nutrition with the school’s trainee chefs. Nelson-Neil joked about beets, saying: “I still can’t get them to eat it.”
Kate, who previously shared that her kids have an adventurous taste in vegetables, said, “Mine absolutely love it – it’s one of those things, until you try it, you don’t know.”
A royal surprise for the children as breakfast was served.
The Duchess set tables.
Simon Perry reports Kate poured cereal, asking them to say "Stop" when there was enough in their bowls.
She handed out a plate of fruit and asked each of the children which ones was their favourite.
Then it was time for a play session with sand and shells.
More from the Mail Online:
'Following the royal visit, LEYF chief executive June O'Sullivan said: 'You can't capture just how important the early years are. 'There's a raft of research that shows if you invest in them when they're little, if you give them the right kind of nurture, if you give them the time to speak, learn, listen and concentrate - and opportunities of personal development - then they actually grow into really capable, successful human beings.'
Kate got a high-five from several very pleased children.
The Duchess wore a stylish longline petrol blue coat for the outing. Despite numerous searches, the exact piece hasn't been found yet.
If searching for a Repli-Kate, the Jaeger Wool A-Line Coat is a nice alternative. It's currently reduced to £185 at John Lewis.
Kate's new jumper is the £90 Sézane Tulio style. The long-sleeved merino wool pullover features a lace collar and detailing on the front. The brand was created in France in 2013 by Morgane Sélazory Sézane from a desire to offer women the finest with a Parisian touch.
Kate sported her Accessorize Filigree earrings once again. The £5 pair have been sold out for some time.
And debuted a new pair of Russell & Bromley ankle boots (with thanks to AA Asisi). The Fab Dry boots are currently on sale for £145. They are described as "Gaucho styled Fab-Dry by Aquatalia are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Crafted in weather resistant black suede, these boots are detailed with a neat stacked heel and elastic inserts."
Kensington Palace just announced an away day for William and Kate in Wales on Tuesday, 4 February:
'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to the Mumbles and Port Talbot on Tuesday 4th February to visit organisations and businesses at the heart of the local communities.
Their Royal Highnesses will first visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mumbles Lifeboat station, which is one of Wales’ busiest lifeboat stations. The Duke and Duchess will board the lifeboat and will speak to crewmembers about day-to-day life as part of a team which provides 24-hour rescue services to those facing difficulties at sea.
The Duke and Duchess will visit Tata Steel in Port Talbot to meet with employees and their families at the UK’s largest steel plant, which has been operating on the site for over one hundred years.
Their Royal Highnesses’ last engagement of the day will be to the Bulldogs Development Centre. The Bulldogs is a partnership between Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities and Port Talbot Amateur Boxing, which helps to support young people in the community who may have been affected by adverse childhood experiences and mental health issues. Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is patron, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.'
Before that, we'll see the Cambridges at the BAFTAs Sunday evening.