Kate Middleton has an exciting ‘secret’ project in the works and it’s all about children’s early years

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  • Kate Middleton is embarking on a new project, that will see her unveil a ‘major body of work’ later this year.

    The website for the Duchess and Prince William’s charity foundation The Royal Foundation has shared an update on the Duchess’ upcoming venture, explaining that it will spotlight the importance of early intervention in childhood.

    The Early Years section of the site reads, ‘The first few years of childhood are more pivotal for development, future health and happiness, than any other single moment of our lifetime.

    With greater focus on the early years, the Duchess of Cambridge believes we can better provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life.’

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    Duchess Catherine’s interest in childhood development is thought to have stemmed from her previous involvement with issues such as family break down.

    The Duchess has observed that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges, and the inter-generational cycle of disadvantage, could be mitigated or entirely avoided by providing the right support for children in the earliest years in life’, it can also be read in the new update.

    The royal previously expressed her goal to work on the issue of early childhood years back in 2018, at a conference for leading academic charities.

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    🍃 The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a picnic for her patronages in the Back to Nature Garden at #RHSHampton — where she was joined by children from @afnccf, Evelina Children’s Hospital, @actionforchildrenuk and @_place2be to explore the garden and experience the positive effects of spending time outside. The Duchess of Cambridge’s RHS Back to Nature Garden has transferred to @The_RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival — the design has the same wild and natural feel but has been developed in order to create further opportunities for children and families to interact with nature. The design for this garden has once again been created through a collaboration between Her Royal Highness, landscape architects @davies_white and the RHS. As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness. Her garden highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. Features like the hollow log and rustic dens 🏕 have returned from Chelsea, in addition to a new hidden cave, treehouse 🌳, camo netting, rolling hill ⛰ and stream 💧. These environments enable children to develop skills for life through free play, building their confidence, strength, resilience and social skills. In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, spending quality time with parents and carers outside has a valuable impact on children’s early development. In the garden, families can explore together and enjoy nature as a playground. There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel 🐞 that provides habitats for all sorts of wildlife, as well as a bee-friendly 🐝 wildflower meadow that covers the hill in meadow buttercup, ox-eye daisy, red clover and common spotted orchid.

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    Here she spoke out and said, “We know how negative the downstream impact can be, if problems emerging at the youngest age are overlooked, or ignored.

    “It is therefore vital that we nurture children through this critical, early period.

    “I really do feel so passionately about the importance of early intervention, and that by working on new approaches together, we can make a real difference for generations to come.”

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