Thursday, 16 June 2022

The Duchess Presents New Early Years Research: "Every Second We Spend with a Child Is an Investment in Our Collective Future"

The Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Foundation Centre for Early Years celebrated its first anniversary with the release of new research shared during a roundtable discussion hosted by Kate at the Royal Institution.

Kensington Palace said: "The roundtable discussion focused on research led by the centre into early childhood development, as well as the huge opportunity that there is to shape the future of our society by focusing on the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes. Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, the research follows on from the Duchess of Cambridge’s landmark survey on the early years in 2020, entitled the ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’, which attracted the largest ever response to a public survey of its kind with over 500,000 responses in one month, sparking a national conversation on the early years."

The Palace noted the new research "delves deeper" into "public perceptions of early years".

A Palace spokesperson continued: "In February this year, the Duchess and the Centre for Early Childhood travelled to Denmark to learn about their approach and investment in early childhood development, which is widely regarded as world-leading. Over the past decade, the Duchess has seen first-hand how some of today’s hardest social challenges have their roots in the earliest years of a person’s life and is committed to raising awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and of collaborative action to improve outcomes across society."

Guests invited to the roundtable discussion included Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid, Minister for Families Will Quince, officials from the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Education.

The Telegraph reports:

'The event marks a significant milestone in the Duchess’s long-term work on early childhood development.

It is hoped that by highlighting the results of new research, the Government will understand the “huge appetite” for driving awareness and action on the wider impact that the first five years of life can have on society at large.'

Attendees listen to the presentation.

The results of the research found:

  • Nine in ten agree the early years are important in shaping a person’s future life but less than a fifth recognize the unique importance of the 0-5 period.
  • Seven in ten think the early years should be more of a priority for society.
  • A Majority of the public recognize a person’s future mental health and wellbeing is most likely affected by their early childhood.
  • Community support networks were found to be crucial for parents.
  • Parents are more likely to seek support for a child’s physical wellbeing than social and emotional development.

The findings were accompanied by several societal observations: "There is near unanimous agreement (91%) that the early years are important in shaping a person’s future life, but only 17% recognise the unique importance of the 0 – 5 period relative to other age brackets. That being said seven in ten (70%) believe it should be more of a priority for society as a whole. Over half (55%) of the public recognise a person’s future mental health and wellbeing is most likely to be affected by their development in the early years, followed by their ability to make and maintain relationships (51%) and their future happiness (40%)."

Kelly Beaver MBE, Chief Executive of Ipsos UK and Ireland, said: "Although the majority of us agree that the experiences people have in childhood can have a significant impact on their future, a minority of Briton’s recognise the unique importance of the first five years of a child’s life. These formative years are crucial in the emotional, social and physical development of every child and this critical new research, for The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, provides the opportunity for society to ignite a discussion about how parents and children can be better supported during this period."

On the findings, the Duchess said: "The findings published today present us with a huge opportunity and demonstrate there is real appetite from the public to bring this issue up on all of our agendas. There is more we can all do – every member of society can play a key role, whether that is directly with a child or by investing in the adults around them – the parents, the carers, the early years workforce and more. If we come together to raise the importance of early childhood development, we’ll soon see that healthy, happy individuals make for a healthier, happier world. Which is why every second we spend with a child is an investment in our collective future."

More from the Times:

'Everyone has a role to play in children’s early life, the Duchess of Cambridge has said, as a survey found that less than a fifth of people know how important the first five years are in a child’s development.

The report by The Times Education Commission, published this week, calls for an increase in early-years funding, targeted at the most vulnerable. It calls for a unique pupil number for every child, granted at birth, with support aiming to level the playing field before they arrive in the classroom.' 

The full report entitled 'Understanding Public Attitudes to Early Childhood' can be read here.

The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood website can be found here.

A video from the roundtable in which Kate thanked guests for attending despite their busy schedules, adding: "I really appreciate it." The Duchess continued, "I know this is a hugely complex subject and there is already so much work being done by the government and I'm aware of that."

The Duchess looked fabulous in a pink Alexander McQueen trouser suit. The look ticked all the boxes: professional, summery, stylish and as always -- it's McQueen -- beautifully tailored.

The Alex jacket features sharp shoulders, angular pockets and comes in 'ice pink'.

Kate accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings and pendant.

Kate teamed the suit with her Emmy London Rebecca pumps in 'pink makeup'.

The Duchess also carried a past season Smythson folder.

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One more great shot by Chris Jackson.

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It's looking unlikely we'll see the Cambridges at Royal Ascot this week, as they have previously favoured the first or second day. I do expect there may be new portraits towards the end of the weekend for William's 40th birthday.

44 comments:

  1. A very nice trouser suit for a meeting and, yes, beautifully tailored. I'm not keen on the baby-pink (or "ice-pink") shade, since I tend to think that's not the greatest color for professional clothing worn by mature women. Perhaps, however, it suited the "early childhood" nature of the engagement.

    It looks to me as though the Duchess had the trousers made in a slim, tapered-leg version, which I appreciate, since I am not a fan of flare-leg trousers, even moderate flare-legs, such as those shown on the model. The blazer also has a slightly different cut.

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    1. While I don't really share the view of ice-pink as somehow inappropriate, I regret a bit that Kate didn't choose to wear her pink-ish Marks&Spencer pantsuit, that was also impeccably tailored and would be a nice pick for the occasion. I don't really think this kind of pantsuit is what was missing in Kate's wardrobe, if doesn't strike me as versatile or particularly practical/useful given its quite hefty price tag. The M&S suit is my firm favorite and I would have loved seeing it here. I always wonder whether Kate chooses rather outstanding, lush pieces for EC events and roundtables to stand out a bit from the crowd (given that the other lady is dressed in quite a similar pantsuit, but mostvprobably way cheaper.) Maybe wearing a new, rather luxurious fashion is to Kate what vibrant colors are to the Queen? A way if not being lost in the crowd?
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    2. That was my thought as well. Why not wear the M&S pinkish suit? I will say, I love the cut of the blazer and the fit of the pants but perhaps another color to round out her wardrobe. I would have liked to see a nice gray suit (with a brightly colored silk blouse) or even a red suit. She could use a few more pant suits.

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  2. I am a postpartum home visiting nurse in the states and I am grateful for her focus on the early childhood years and how important they are. Not just in terms of the parenting they get but anyone who teaches or interacts with a young child needs to know it is so important how they talk to and treat a young child!

    I admire Catherine and how she conducts herself and how she expresses herself in her fashion choices! She is beautiful, confident, and brings refreshing energy and enthusiasm to the Royal family

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  3. Love this look on her!!! Absolutely radiant! ♥️🥰

    -FloridaGirl

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  4. Zora from Prague16 June 2022 at 22:00

    Well done - both the cause and the look!😊

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  5. Love the look, she looks gorgeous. Ali

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  6. Today, I read several comments (elsewhere) about the cost of Kate's clothing and accessories. It is a difficult time financially for many around the world, but I think Kate gets extra criticism for the price of her wardrobe.

    Has anyone noticed the criticism Kate is receiving? It seems unfair to me. HM and Camilla wear bespoke and the cost is unknown. Sophie's tends to receive less media coverage and receives some negative coverage about her wardrobe costs, but not to the same extent as Kate.

    I love watching Kate's fashion. Because of Kate, I have been introduced to a few High Street brands over the years I can afford. Today, I felt defensive of Kate. I wonder if she will wear more bespoke when she is Princess of Wales and some of the comments about the cost of her clothing may stop a bit.

    Anyway, Kate looked nice today. She looked professional and early childhood is her perfect niche.

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  7. So Catherine and her team called government ministers and made them meet early years experts and then presented them with data taken from parents that say that there’s not enough support and that they want it. This is a masterpiece, she didn’t have to say anything or make political remarks to ask for action. Well done.

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    1. Good point. It's hard to keep this kind of initiative 'politics free' so she's doing well so far not to generate controversy.

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    2. This is an excellent example of 'soft diplomacy' and what isn't getting significant news coverage is thatthe government has committed to designating specific dollars to the initiative. Well done to the Duchess.

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  8. Kate looks Smashing!!! Does anyone else think that she looks particularly like Crown Princess Mary in some of the pics? Bravo Kate!! :)

    Becca USA

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    1. Yes and I completely agree with you, Mary dresses beautifully every outfit has a little extra touch, The seam down the front of Kates pants just give it a little edgy feel, hope Kate keeps it up.

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  9. I love this look! The tailoring is flattering, the color wonderful. Kate does have another pink pantsuit which was very nice. Not sure why she needs another one.

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  10. Nice of her to hand out the award.Nice well fitting suit, the color is very good on her. Have children interact with others, they learn from each other and give them a sense of belonging. The children are our future, they learn from the present and the passed.

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  11. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge works so hard to support & bring attention to such worthy causes; she is such an asset to the crown. The tailoring of the suit is lovely, though personally, I would have opted for a more subdued colour. Hoping to see the Cambridges at the races tomorrow!

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  12. This is a beautiful suit but I agree that the color is not the best choice for a meeting with government ministers. It seems timid and designed to impress with prettiness relative to the meeting content. This is the second pink pantsuit K has worn but I’ve never been in a business meeting with a woman dressed head to toe in pink.

    - celticgirl

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    1. So wearing pink is not professional? That is extremely sexist.

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    2. Zora from Prague17 June 2022 at 19:50

      I think the choice of the colour is completely up to her. She can wear whatever colour she wants. She looks stylish and it is the content/issue that matters, not the colour of her clothes. Plus: let's not forget she is NOT a businesswoman. Her choices can be more varied.

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  13. I’m extremely interested in this research, just a little frustrated because I feel like every time we hear about it as it relates to Kate, the conversation is “people don’t understand how important the early years are!” But WHAT is the significance of that- what do we need to be doing? I keep waiting for this to get more meaty and it never does. She looks lovely as always and I appreciate so much that she cares about this subject, but I wish things would go more in-depth as her pet-project.

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    1. I think she is pushing the subject rather cleverly. First the research center. A very professional one, with very capable scientists.Then the scientific results. Then with the results to strengthen her case, appeal to the politicians. Who are the ones that can change policies and implement structural changes. And of course, increase funding. She was diplomatic, acknowledging there is already so much work being done by the government and I'm aware of that.
      I feel she has an academic mind. Identifying the problem. Analysing it. Researching, learning comparing. And then building solutions. She is reaching out to the policymakers well prepared and showing them it is in their interest. I think she is being very clever.

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    2. I have to agree. I am missing more than the same platitudes. If she uses her position to get attention to the topic and get people to talk that’s great but it’s not as if that needs any in depths knowledge. Just determination and enthusiasm. Which is fine but it doesn’t fit to the stories that read as if she herself is doing any in depth work. With how the stories are written right now I do feel it looks as she lacks professional insight.
      And yes, I do miss more information on concrete action and advice. But that’s less on her but on the groups (charities and science) she works with. She raised the awareness now it’s time to get a step further.

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    3. Well said Natacha, Kate has used her very methodical approach to bring attention to the initiative in a way that is data based. Very clever of her to lead with her head when she follows her heart.

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  14. A very nice trouser suit for a meeting and, yes, beautifully tailored. the duchess looking so stanine and poises to her metering

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  15. I hope William and Kate do make an appearance at Royal Ascot, but if not, I've been enjoying the other royals' appearances--especially Sophie's. Would love more info on her outfit from the first day; it looked gorgeous. I've been looking for a blog about her but haven't had any luck. Does anyone have suggestions?

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    1. At one time there was a Sophie Wessex blog. The author shut it down a few years ago. There may be others, but this was the only one I noticed over the years. There is a royal hat blog that covers Ascot and other events where hats are worn.

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  16. I love this look on Kate a beautiful suit, another smart professional look. She has returned to the slightly off centre hair part which I think suits her much better.

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  17. I'm not sure how many days Ascot runs for? but I'm thinking W & K may not have attended this year?

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  18. Love this suit! Very stylish!

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  19. This is a beautiful pantsuit and I think pink can be just as professional as black.

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  20. She looks great & excellent work with her Early Years initiative.
    I hope we see some nice, candid shots of William by the Duchess herself :)

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    1. Zora from Prague17 June 2022 at 19:52

      What a lovely idea - that would be a real treat, Kiwi Gal!!

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  21. The moment I saw this I was reminded of the pink(ish?) suit she wore to visit 1st responders towards the beginning of the pandemic. I think it could have been repeated today. The cost of living crisis in the UK is an enormous concern, last night the news was that inflation might hit 11% and most of us will get 1% pairwise max! If I were a royal, I'd repeat at outfits on at least 2/3 of my appearances, I think.

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  22. Lovely photos!

    It is fabulous to see Duchess Kate weighing in to support the early years research. All of us would know how precious a happy childhood is. It’s like growing a tree, with all the right elements and patience, the little seedling shall slowly and surely grow to be tall and strong.

    Children are precious because their are our hope for a better future.

    “Teach them well and let them lead the way”

    Thank you too to Charlotte for creating this post, for letting the world know about the good effort put in by the working royals, and keep us focus on what is important.

    🙏🙏🙏

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  23. This is a splendid pantsuit, it would have to be one of my favourites. The Duchess looks stylish, chic and elegant.

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  24. I have zero problem with the color of this suit. Or the fact that she has two pink suits. First, I'm sick of people limiting women. Why do we always have to match men to be professional? I'm an attorney and if I looked like her, I would also wear a pink suit. As for this being the second one she has, I think people forget that this is a lifetime career for her. I'm confident she'll wear both suits over and over again over time.

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  25. I love that Kate rewears, and she does it often. I went back in the blog (thanks for all you do, Charlotte!) to look at the other pink suit people are referring to since I didn't recall it. I don't think it would have worked for this occasion. It seems a more casual suit and not as well tailored. I think, given the occasion and Kate's position, it would have missed the mark here. I don't mind the pink color, given it suits Kate's coloring so well. Interestingly, my search for the previous suit also turned up a red Armani suit that was stunning on Kate--which I think also wouldn't have worked here as too "power suit-ish." I think Kate manages to walk a careful line with her choices (although I don't love them all), and I think she did well here. And given that she rewore several pieces over the recent Jubilee celebration, I'll give her a pass on this one. :)

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  26. Wow. As a rule I am not a pant suit fan but ....wow. Gorgeous cut, gorgeous color. I'm stunned. Why the fuss over the color? It's spring... almost summer.. and it's perfectly on trend. It's fitted to her like a dream. She's beautiful and professional.

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  27. I’m the same - why all the fuss over the colour - black is boring, and it definitely stands out (the Queen’s method) and it’s summer in the UK so it brings nice summery feel

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  28. I love the suit, gorgeous color, and fit. She looked professional, and beautiful.
    Tedi G

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  29. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in This shade of pink and it is supreme on her, love the modern fit she really looks stylish in this!!!

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  30. Kate looks so polished and her suit is a lovey colour. I’m so happy to see her project grow each year.

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