The Princess of Wales, Catherine, today met with the newly appointed Advisory Group for the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood at Windsor Castle. The Princess of Wales launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood in June 2021. The first few years of childhood are more pivotal for development, future health and happiness, than any other single moment of our lifetime. With a greater focus on the early years, The Princess of Wales believes we can provide better solid social and emotional platforms for children to make them healthier and more resilient later in life.
The group is made up of 8 experts from across academia, science and the early year’s sector who will be offering strategic advice to The Princess of Wales and will oversee the work of the Royal Foundation. The group will support the delivery of the centre’s work in commissioning research, learning from best practices in the UK and globally, and raising awareness of the extraordinary impact the first five years of life have on future outcomes. The advisory group members have been chosen for their deep expertise in a range of areas including neuroscience, psychology, perinatal psychiatry, early years services and policy development.
Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said, “Working with such an eminent group of people is an absolute privilege. I know their advice and experience are hugely valued by The Princess, and the whole Centre for Early Childhood team, as we continue to drive awareness of, and action on, the transformative impact of the early years.” From The Mirror’s report,
She added: “Today I just want to think about and discuss what’s next, really. How do we keep this conversation going? This campaign is really to try and raise awareness of the importance of this issue. And it’s sort of what can we do collectively to keep the conversation going and what we do next. This campaign is really laying the foundation of why early childhood matters.
She added: “These are really complicated, big issues to look at,” she said. “But I think, from the centre’s point of view, one of the main key areas is how do we develop the social and emotional skills which are vital for later life. How do we better manage and regulate our emotions? How do we build better relationships?”
She said they are dealing with “big questions, big topics” which are “complicated”.
The Royal Foundation of Prince & Princess of Wales announces appointment of Christian Guy as Director of Centre for Early Childhoodhttps://t.co/TQnOQcMxcO
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Many names on the list are familiar like Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Eamon McCrory who were part of Catherine’s first steering group in 2017 and works with Anna Freud National Center – one of The Princess of Wales’s first patronages. Apart from many other meetings and visits with both Professors, Catherine’s 2018 visit to UCL’s world-leading developmental neuroscientists was the one where she was joined by both Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Eamon McCrory.
Imran Hussein is the director of Catherine’s Patronage Action for Children. Dr Alain Gregoire is the founder of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, another patronage of The Princess of Wales. Dr Trudi Seneviratne was part of the first royal Forum on Early Childhood that Catherine organized in 2021.
Really pleased that our president Dr Gregoire and representatives of MMHA members are among the experts appointed to advise The Princess of Wales on her @Earlychildhood work, making sure the needs of mums, babies and families impacted by #PerinatalMentalHealth problems are heard. https://t.co/Py43mV6LBV
— Maternal Mental Health Alliance (@MMHAlliance) January 25, 2023
The Princess of Wales is meeting at Windsor Castle with a group of eight experts from across academia, science and the early years sector, who have been appointed to offer strategic advice and provide oversight of the work of her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. pic.twitter.com/JejOPWEkz9
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Welcoming the group at Windsor Castle today, The Princess of Wales said, “Thank you for coming on a cold sort of morning! It’s really great to have you on board, we’re so grateful for your work. ” Today’s meeting is one of the many steps and part of a long journey that Princess has had since becoming the Royal. Professor Peter Fonagy once said that the Princess “is the most important woman doing this in the world right now, to the millions of children who have been suffering in silence, she is their voice”. You can read all about The Princess of Wales’s work in the Early years here.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Eamon McCrory from the Anna Freud Centre have been appointed to a new Advisory Group to provide strategic advice to The Princess of Wales and her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. https://t.co/JA18zxqAje
— Anna Freud NCCF (@AFNCCF) January 25, 2023
In a few days, The Princess of Wales will be making a huge announcement that will introduce a new revolutionary “three to five-year programme” aimed at impacting the vital first five years of every child’s life. The programme will engage the medical and academic world to revolutionise thinking for parents, carers and teachers across the world to increase the focus on the first years of a child’s life in impacting later life. The milestone project will be the result of a lot of time reading, meeting and speaking with professionals across the entire field. It isn’t just one project, it’s an opportunity to make generational change for all our children.
The Princess of Wales was wearing her black Alexander McQueen ‘Leaf’ tailored crepe Tuxedo Jacket that she first wore in October 2020 in the NHM teaser video.
The Princess of Wales teamed up the outfit with her Shyla London Chunky Knot Baroque Pearl Earrings first wore in November 2022 at the City Hall welcome event in Boston.