The initiative, called 5 Big Questions on the Under Fives, launched with a survey about early childhood that she hopes will spark conversations about the importance of the early years in long-term development.
“I think ultimately if you look at who’s caring and looking after and nurturing children in the most vital period from pregnancy all the way to the age of five, you know parents and carers are right at the heart of that, and families are right at the heart of that,” the duchess said. “And although I’ve spoken to the scientists and the service providers, it’s so important to listen to families.
What is it that they aspire to? What are their challenges?”
“One is quality of relationships,” she said.
“So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood.
I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”
“As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about,” the duchess says. “I think it’s so great for physical and mental well-being and laying [developmental] foundations.
It’s such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I’ve got to cook’ and ‘I’ve got to do this’. And actually, it’s so simple.
“My highlight was possibly one little girl telling us her name was Peppa and that her mate was George..
Kensington Palace also shared highlights from her visit to the nursery in a sweet video.
“It was clear how passionate she is about the Early Years,” Fletcher said of her time with the duchess. “It was then beyond wonderful to sit and talk further about the survey, her work — for which she has so much knowledge, and her own experiences of being a mother.