The Departments for Education and Health and Social Care must respond very seriously to the call from the Duchess of Cambridge a few days ago. She was speaking to a group of people including Sajid Javid who is the Minister for the Health and Social Care and one of the junior Ministers for Education, Will Quince who is responsible for Children and Families under Nadhim Zahawi, the Department Minister. The details for this meeting was published by Children and Young People Now here. The person who wrote the document was Fiona Simpson and she stated:
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE CALLS FOR EARLY YEARS TO BE MADE A ‘SOCIETAL PRIORITY’
The Duchess of Cambridge has called for early child development to be made a national priority in light of research showing many people do not recognise the importance of the early years.
The Duchess was speaking at the launch of latest research showing that seven in 10 adults believe the early years should be made “more of a priority” across society in England.
The research by the Royal Foundation’s Centre for Early Childhood, which was launched by the Duchess in 2020, also finds that while 91 per cent of adults say that the early years are important in shaping a person’s future life, just 17 per cent recognise the “unique” importance of ages 0 to five compared with other age brackets.
The research builds on responses to the Royal Foundation’s Five Big Questions on the Under-Fives survey, which received more than 500,000 responses in the first month after its launch two years ago.
The document goes on further but clearly our nations call is for these two Government Departments to pay attention to the research and actually respond to it very urgently.