The Duchess Of Cambridge Supports the Commitment Of The Early Years Sector

In fact, 76% of those asked we not aware that the first 5 years are the most important for health and happiness in adulthood, making her research a breakthrough in starting a big conversation on the Early Years in the UK.

The duchess also delivered a keynote speech at the Royal Foundation’s Forum on the Early Years in which she emphasised her ambition to put the Early Years on the same level as other great social challenges and opportunities of our time.

Here are the 5 Key findings from the Early Years survey:

1.) People overwhelmingly believe that a child’s future is not pre-determined at birth.

However, most people don’t understand the specific importance of the Early Years. 98% of those asked believe that nurture is vital to lifelong outcomes, but just 1 in 4 recognise the specific importance of the first 5 years of a child’s life.

2.) The reality and hardships of the real world makes it hard for parents to prioritise their wellbeing.

A whopping 90% of people asked see parental mental health and wellbeing as being critical to a child’s development. Unfortunately, the reality is that people do very little to prioritise themselves. Only 10% of parents mentioned taking the time to look after their own mental health and wellbeing when asked how they had prepared for the arrival of their baby. Worryingly, more than 1/3 of all parents (37%) expect the pandemic to have a negative impact on their long-term mental health and wellbeing.

3.) Parents are feeling judged which can make things so much worse.

It’s really difficult to read that 70% of parents feel judged by others and among these parents, nearly half feel this negatively impacts their mental health.

Parental loneliness has dramatically increased due to the pandemic and worryingly, people are also less willing to seek help for how they’re feeling.

People have been separated from family and friends during the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to a rise in loneliness from 38% before to 63% of parents now being cut off. This has been made more apparent for parents in the most deprived areas of the UK who are more than twice as likely to say they feel lonely often or always (13% compared with 5% in the less deprived areas). There had also been a rise in the number of parents who feel uncomfortable seeking help for how they are feeling from 18% before Covid to 34% during.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, support from local communities has substantially increased for many – but not for all.

Across the UK, communities have been powerfully uniting to help support others to overcome these challenging times. 40% of parents feel that community support has grown, however, parents in the most deprived areas are less likely to have experienced this support (33%) than elsewhere.

So what does this all mean?

She thanked those who work in the Early Years and recognised that what we do takes hard work and we are not in it for the ‘quick win’ but for the BIG win.

The findings of this survey have highlighted the need to help more people understand the importance of the Early Years and why parents are in need of more support and advice. The Duchess will announce new plans to help raise the conversation on the importance of early childhood to drive positive change in the sector.

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