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NEWS: Duchess of Cambridge launches early childhood survey

HRH Duchess of Cambridge has launched a landmark survey which gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation.

The survey contains five short questions and aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. It is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes.

The Duchess launched the survey during a visit to MiniBrum at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum yesterday (Tuesday 21 January). She was shown around the interactive, child-sized mini-city by children who helped design the space and spoke to parents and carers about the survey.

Take the survey here and get involved in the conversation on social media using #5BigQuestions.


Liz Bayram, Chief Executive, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) comments:
“We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has decided to launch her UK wide survey of early childhood. PACEY, which supports many of the thousands of people who work in childminding, nursery and pre-school settings, knows how important it is to provide a high quality early education to our youngest children, especially the most disadvantaged. We have been working with our 25,000 members to raise awareness of this vital stage in a child’s life and how, by working in partnership with parents and carers, early years practitioners make a positive and lasting difference to a child’s development.

“So PACEY is encouraging everyone in the early years sector to take part in the survey. We hope its findings will shine a light not only on the vital importance of early development but also the challenges many children, families, practitioners and others face. We are certain Her Royal Highness’s interest and involvement in this area will do much to bring together the many different communities who can together better address these challenges.”