Catherine, The Princess of Wales, undertook her first solo engagement of the year 2023 and visited Foxcubs Nursery in Luton. This was Catherine’s second engagement of the year. Last week she joined The Prince of Wales for a visit to Liverpool.
The visit was part of her ongoing work to elevate the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes. Later this month, The Princess of Wales is set to launch a 3 – 5 years long program 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 Princess of Wales is visiting a nursery in Luton this morning as part of her ongoing work to raise national awareness of the first five years in influencing the rest of our lives. pic.twitter.com/ScPA1tdMYM
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 18, 2023
The nursery is located just a short distance from The Princess of Wales’s new home in Berkshire – Adelaide cottage on Windsor grounds. Foxcubs is a free childcare and early education centre for children that holds an “outstanding” ranking from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Early years are the main focus of the centre hence commanded a visit from The Princess.
From the Daily Mail’s report,
“As she arrived at the nursery, Kate thanked the staff members for hosting her and commented on the chilly but bright weather. ‘I was just saying, it’s such a beautiful day,’ she mused as she shook the hands of the staff – although she did comment on the ‘cold mornings’ the UK has been having. After a chat with the staff at the nursery, Kate was eager to sit down for an arts and crafts session with the children – and she even played a game of peek-a-boo with some of their bunny masks.”
From Nursery’s website,
Early help is about providing support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems begin to emerge or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will start in the future. It is also about providing support at any and every stage of a child’s life; pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence. Children and families are entitled to early help if and when they need it. It may also be provided through an increase in levels of universal services, or services provided or commissioned in localities.
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The Nursery is one of the 70 hubs operated by Early Years Alliance. At the nursery, The Princess of Wales met with early childhood educators and discussed the formative nature of the early years and heard from parents about how Foxcubs makes a difference in their children’s lives. The nursery focuses on learning through play and encourages families to be involved at the centre.
The Early Years is The Princess of Wales’s legacy project and she has been working to make the issue an important social and political cause. She has been supporting charities and organisations working with families to give children a better start to life, meeting scientists and academicians to learn more about what could be done to improve the first five years of children’s life. A Landmark survey, a Center for Early Childhood, a visit to Denmark to learn about the world-class early childhood system and recently a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University are a few of her efforts in the last decade. You can read more about her work on the project in the last 12 years here.
Before leaving, The Princess of Wales met with the local parents gathered outside the nursery to collect their children and even stood for a selfie too.
And LOTS of selfies on the way out with parents – plus a bouquet of hand-made flowers 🌺 pic.twitter.com/D5imGAN7hY
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 18, 2023
Learning through play at Foxcubs Nursery!
Outstanding early years settings like this play a huge role in positively shaping a child’s development. The collaboration between staff and parents is just one of the ways children here are supported in their first five years. pic.twitter.com/DMC3OSZ8UO
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) January 18, 2023
The Princess of Wales was wearing her Massimo Dutti Limited Edition Button Cashmere Wool Camel Coat that she first wore in January 2020 when she visited Cardiff and Surrey to launch 5 Big Questions Survey.
Underneath the coat, The Princess of Wales was wearing her Gabriela Hearst Peppe Cashmere and Silk Sweater with a matching Gabriela Hearst Epper ribbed knit high-rise midi skirt. Both pieces were first worn in December 2022 when she visited the Boston waterfront.
Catherine topped the outfit with her Polo Ralph Lauren Crocodile Stamped Leather Belt that she first wore in November 2022 when she visited Colham Manor Children’s Centre in Hillingdon.
The Princess teamed up her outfit with Kiki McDonough Citrine Pear Drop Earrings
In other news, There are reports that The Prince and Princess of Wales will be having a busy year Domestically and overseas. In the UK, The Royal couple will be part of King Charles III’s coronation and other annual royal events like Trooping the Colour, Order of Garter service, Royal Ascot etc. My London has reported that the Prince and Princess of Wales will be undertaking two major royal tours this year – A spring tour to Australia and New Zealand. And another one to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh later in the year.