The Duchess of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood and her Big Change Starts Small report.

The aim of the centre is to drive awareness of the extraordinary impact of the early years, and take action in order to transform society for generations to come. It will focus on three key areas of activity –
  • Promoting and commissioning high-quality research to increase knowledge and share best practice
  • Working with people from across the private, public and voluntary sectors to collaborate on new solutions
  • Developing creative campaigns to raise awareness and inspire action, driving real, positive change on the early years.

The Big Change Starts Small report brings together leading sector research in one place and underlines the critical lifelong impact of the early years on individuals, our economy and society at large. It also sets out recommendations on how all aspects of society can contribute positively and make a difference on this important issue. The Duchess of Cambridge said: “Our first five years lay important foundations for our future selves. This period is when we first learn to manage our emotions and impulses, to care and to empathise, and thus ultimately to establish healthy relationships with ourselves and others.
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