Kate Middleton just launched her latest initiative focused on early childhood development. This past month, the Duchess of Cambridge unveiled the 'Five Big Questions' survey, which asks adults across the United Kingdom to answer questions about the most important aspects of a child's first few years of life. The survey's website invites U.K. citizens to "add your voice to this important conversation and help us bring about lasting change for children, families and communities." Through the survey, Kate and the Royal Foundation hope to bring "together the thoughts of individuals, organizations and businesses so that we can build the healthiest generation in history by giving every child the best start in life."
In order to get the word out about her latest initiative, Kate sat down for a rare recorded interview to discuss her own parenting style, as well as sharing memories from her own early childhood. When asked to share which aspects from her own childhood she hopes to pass on to her own children, Kate said: "One is quality of relationships. So, those moments that you spend with people that are around you. I remember that from my own childhood. I had an amazing Granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us, and I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now."
"There are also the environments you spend time in as well: a happy home, a safe environment. As children, we spent a lot of time outside and it's something I'm really passionate about," she said. "I think it's so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying [developmental] foundations. It's such a great environment to spend time in, building those quality relationships without the distractions of ‘I've got to cook' and ‘I've got to do this'. And actually, it's so simple."
Kate also discussed the survey itself, revealing she spent 8 years researching early childhood development before launching it. The Duchess explained it aims to create "generational change" for families. "It's going to take a long time—I'm talking about a generational change—but hopefully this is the first small step: to start a conversation around the importance of early childhood development. It's not just about happy, healthy children. This is for lifelong consequences and outcomes."