The adorable attendees of a nursery program brightened Kate Middleton’s week.
The Princess of Wales, 41, paid her first solo visit of the year to Foxcubs Nursery in Luton on Wednesday morning. Princess Kate’s visit is directly related to her mission of raising awareness of the importance of early childhood development for positive lifelong outcomes, which is a key priority of her royal platform.
Kate arrived at the nursery shortly before 11 a.m., about an hour from her home in Windsor. “Nice to meet you,” she said to a nursery teacher. “Thank you very much for having me. Is everyone busy, and is everyone back in? There have been numerous illnesses spreading “She was referring to the seasonal colds that plagued many families.
She was told that they had “pretty much” taken in all of the children. “Have you done so? You did an excellent job.”
She spent time at the sand pit table and played with a couple of the kids while wearing a mask.
Foxcubs is a free childcare and early education center for children that has been rated “outstanding” by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services, and Skills. The Early Years Alliance operates 70 similar hubs for children aged 2 to 5.
Kate spoke with early childhood educators about the formative nature of the early years, and she heard from parents about how Foxcubs impacts their children’s lives. The nursery emphasizes learning through play and encourages families to participate at the center.
Princess Kate’s recent work has centered on early childhood development and giving children the best possible start in life. She established the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in 2021 to “raise awareness of why the first five years of life are so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society.”
Kate visited the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University during her three-day visit to Boston with Prince William in December. The Harvard Center for Early Childhood has long been a friend of The Royal Foundation and, more recently, The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, assisting with previous research on the importance of the early years.
Following the Princess of Wales’ visit, Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child’s Center Director, Jack Shonkoff, stated: “I was inspired by how serious she is about pursuing an early childhood agenda. It was both relaxed and informative. We had a lovely one-hour conversation with her.”
“I see her as very motivated to make a difference in the world,” he continues. “She is an understated individual, and there was no ego in the room. You can tell she understands the power of her platform and wants to do good and make a difference.”
Despite the fact that Princess Kate and Prince William had their first joint engagement of the year last week when they officially opened Royal Liverpool University Hospital, her nursery visit on Wednesday was her first solo outing since Prince Harry’s book Spare was released worldwide. The Duke of Sussex reflects on his royal upbringing, military service in Afghanistan, relationship with his elder brother Prince William, and why he and Meghan Markle left their royal roles to start a new life in North America.