HRH Duchess of Cambridge’s landmark findings from her first national survey on the early years have been revealed today. At a special virtual event that many PACEY members will have the opportunity to attend later today, HRH will use her speech to recognise the importance of supporting early years and is expected to say, “I have seen, how positive protective factors in the early years can play a crucial role in shaping our futures…They are about the society we will become.”
‘5 Big Insights’ have been drawn from the findings of this survey:
- Whilst 98% of people believe nurture is essential to lifelong outcomes, only one in four recognise the specific importance of the first five years of a child’s life
- Parents do very little to prioritise their own wellbeing, despite 90% of respondents recognising the importance of this
- 70% of parents of say that that they feel judged by others, with almost half reporting that this affects their mental wellbeing
- During the Covid-19 pandemic, loneliness in parents has dramatically increased, particularly in those living in deprived areas. The number of people who feel uncomfortable seeking help for this has also increased
- Support from local communities has increased for many parents during the pandemic, but not for all, and particularly not in deprived areas
You can read the full report here
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to shine a light on the vital importance of a child’s early years and to start a national conversation on what we all can do to give our youngest children the best start in life is to be celebrated. We know that the childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and nannies that make up our membership want society to better recognise the important role they play in children’s development and Her Royal Highness’s commitment to early years will make a difference here.
“We have been working with the Royal Foundation to help shape its early years plan and are looking forward to hearing about the research findings and what the Foundation believes needs to be done to make a positive, lasting change.”
PACEY will continue to support the Royal Foundation in its early years work.