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Kate Middleton is making her mark as the future queen consort.
On Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge led her first roundtable of British politicians to make her case on early childhood development.
The mother of three urged politicians in attendance to say “we can all do more” to put children’s well-being first. The 40-year-old was joined by Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Family Minister Will Quince and officials from the Departments of Health and Social Care and Education, People magazine reported.
Prince William’s wife launched her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood last year.
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“Our early childhood experiences have a fundamental impact on our entire lives and lay the foundation for our growth as individuals, with each other, as a community and as a society,” she said in a statement.
According to the channel, the roundtable primarily focused on findings from the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood. It found that 90% of people agree that the early years are important in shaping children’s lives, but less than 20% agree that the first five years of a child’s life are crucial to their later outcomes.
“The results released today present us with a great opportunity and demonstrate that there is a real public desire to put this issue on all our agendas,” said Middleton. “We can all do more – every member of society can play a key role, whether directly with a child or investing in the adults around them – parents, caregivers, early childhood workforce and more. »
“If we come together to highlight the importance of early childhood development, we will soon see that healthy, happy individuals create a healthier, happier world, which is why every second we spend with a child is an investment in our collective future. ”, he added. .
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Middleton noted that there is “an enormous opportunity to shape the future of our society by emphasizing the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes.”
The agency shared that the research was conducted by Ipsos UK. He shared that 70% of people think the early years should be more of a priority in society. Most people, 55%, agree that a person’s mental well-being is affected by childhood experiences.
Middleton’s foundation is part of the Royal Foundation, which she shares with William, 39. Over the years, the Duchess has been honored for her commitment to children’s education, art and music.
Kelly Beaver, chief executive of research firm Ipsos UK, said it was crucial to study the impact of child development, a cause Middleton has long championed as a member of the British royal family.
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“While most of us agree that the experiences people have in childhood can have a significant impact on their future, a minority of Britons recognize the unique importance of the first five years of a child’s life,” Beaver said, as quoted by vehicle. .
“These formative years are crucial to each child’s emotional, social and physical development, and this critical new research for the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood offers society the opportunity to initiate a discussion on how parents and children can be better supported. during this period. Time. »
The Associated Press contributed to this report.