The Duchess’s Early Years programme aims to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.

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The Royal Foundation’s programme in support of Early Years

A child’s first five years of life are more pivotal for development, and for future health and happiness, than any other moment in their lifetime. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Early Years programme at The Royal Foundation aims to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.  


For several years Her Royal Highness has been working with experts and organisations that are championing the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life; and provide them with the foundations to lead to healthy adulthood. Stemming originally from her work on issues like addiction and family breakdown, The Duchess has observed that so many of society's greatest social and health challenges, and the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage, could be mitigated or entirely avoided by providing the right support for children in the early years.


Coordinated by The Royal Foundation, Her Royal Highness established a steering group, which over the past year has explored a range of potential solutions to questions surrounding the support provided to children, parents and teachers, from the earliest years.