The Princess of Wales said ‘not enough is being done’ to recognize the ‘unique potential’ of early childhood.
Kate, writing in the daily telegraph, he promised to “do everything possible” to “ensure that those crucial early years get more attention”.
The princess said people need to fully appreciate early childhood and do all they can to nurture children and their caregivers if society is to meet the complex challenges it faces.
She wrote: “Over the past 10 years, speaking with a wide range of experts on how we tackle social problems such as mental and physical ill health, I have become increasingly sure of one thing: if we are to create a healthier environment and a happier society for future generations, we must begin by understanding and recognizing the unique importance of the first five years of life.
“Early childhood, from pregnancy to age five, has a fundamental impact on all of our lives, establishing the fundamental foundations that allow us to thrive as individuals, with each other, as a community and as a society.”
He said the body of evidence to support this has grown dramatically over the past 30 years, adding that we now know that in the first five years of our lives, our brains develop faster than at any other time, and that the impact of those years is “extremely significant”.
Writing for the newspaper on Saturday, she said: ‘It is how we develop through our experiences, relationships and interactions at that very young age that shapes everything from our ability to form relationships and be successful at work, to our mental and physical health as adults.
“There are fantastic examples of what can be achieved when we recognize the unique potential of early childhood and build a safe and loving world around a child.
“But not enough is being done. If we are to address the kind of complex challenges we face today such as homelessness, violence and addiction, which are so often underpinned by poverty and mental ill health, we need to fully appreciate those more preemptive years and do all we can to feed our children and their caretakers.
“We have an incredible opportunity, armed with everything we now know as a result of the work of dedicated scientists, researchers and practitioners, to make a huge difference to the mental and physical health of generations to come.
“That’s why I’m determined to continue to shed light on this issue and do everything I can to ensure that more attention is paid to those crucial early years for the youngest members of our society – after all, they are our future. “
Kate has focused on mental health and early childhood as she has developed her role over the years and is known for meticulously researching the issues facing the charities she works with.
He has previously visited Denmark to learn more about their investment in early childhood development, having launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences in shaping society for the long term. term.