Kate Middleton Endorsed a New Childhood Development Initiative

Kate Middleton endorsed the launch of a new program geared towards early childhood development. Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently returned to (socially distanced) public engagements as the U.K. lockdown continues to ease up amid the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Middleton’s latest solo appearance makes perfect sense, as it’s all about early childhood development, which the Duchess has focused on over the past few years.

Duchess Kate has endorsed the launch of Tiny Happy People, a new BBC program that provides resources and support to parents and caregivers for children up to five. The platform helps parents develop children’s language skills, with a variety of free online activities like short films, quizzes and articles.

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One of the main components of Tiny Happy People is simply to begin speaking to children from as early an age as possible.

Kate has been involved with the creation of the platform for quite a while, as per Kensington Palace, she visited the team last November and partook in development sessions and learned more about the production process. Kate has been super hands-on; she took workshops and advised the creators on characters, background and development of two of the animated films now available on the site.

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🏗️ The making of @bbctinyhappypeople — In November 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge met with the Tiny Happy People team at the BBC to take part in development sessions and to learn more about the production process. The Duchess helped in the character and background development for two animations on parenting, now available on the Tiny Happy People website, which are about making eye contact and singing to babies. Want to see the end results? Visit the link in our bio to start exploring Tiny Happy People's resources, which feature tips and advice, activities and short films about the science and facts behind language development, all designed to support parents and carers in developing children’s language from pregnancy to the age of four.

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Last week, Duchess Kate met with three families involved in Tiny Happy People, and spoke about her experiences with the new platform. She chatted with the families about how the new resources have helped their own children’s language and communication skills.

Kate spoke to BBC Breakfast about the initiative in a special interview that aired this morning. The Duchess of Cambridge said Tiny Happy People includes information she wished she had “as a first-time mum,” as it’s “gold dust, really, for families to be given these tips and tools,” especially in the first five years of childhood. Kate noted that while there’s support for parents from “midwives and health advisors” in the months right after a child is born, there’s a “massive gap” in the time before they then start school.

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The Duchess of Cambridge has endorsed the national launch of Tiny Happy People — a BBC Education initiative designed to provide resources and support to parents and carers of children up to the age of four. Recognising the significance of the project to supporting parents as they guide their children through the earliest years of life, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will collaborate with the BBC 🤝 as they continue to develop and roll out @bbctinyhappypeople. Tiny Happy People resources are easy to build into a daily routine and proven to deliver great results for parents and their young children — visit the link in our bio to see the resources.

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“Families and carers are at the heart of nurturing the next generation of happy, healthy adults, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn to for advice. Tiny Happy People is an invaluable resource which provides parents and carers with support and tips, as well as simple activities to ensure children develop the language skills they need to have the best possible start in life,” Kate said in a statement. “I am delighted to have been part of its journey and hope families across the UK will enjoy exploring the resources.”

It’s a perfect fit for Kate, as many of her charitable royal initiatives are oriented around families and early childhood development, including her recent landmark national survey project, “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” 

Kate is planning on staying involved with Tiny Happy People in the future, too, as the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will continue to collaborate with the BBC on the development and performance of the program.

Kate Middleton Endorsed a New Childhood Development Initiative