Kate chats with mothers and children during her visit to the Ely & Caerau Children's Centre in Cardiff on Wednesday. AP
Britain's Duchess Kate, the wife of Prince William, embarked on a short tour of the country to launch a survey on people's views on bringing up children, as the royals carry on with official duties in the wake of the rift over Prince Harry.
The landmark survey, titled “Five big questions on the under fives” will give Britons a chance to offer their views on raising the next generation and will see Kate Middleton travel to Birmingham, Cardiff, Surrey and London in just 24 hours to help gather the findings.
Kate chats with parents and babies during her visit to the Ely & Caerau Children's Centre in Cardiff. AP
It will comprise just five short questions designed to help shape public perceptions of the importance of the early years through first-hand experiences as offered by parents, families and carers.
A statement from Kensington Palace explains: “This public feedback will also help to focus Her Royal Highness’ work through The Royal Foundation as she endeavours to provide children across the UK with the best foundations to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.”
Kate launched the survey on Tuesday during a visit to MiniBrum, which is an interactive child-sized world at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.
The tour comes as William's younger brother Harry flew back to Canada after sparking a crisis in the British monarchy by announcing he and his American wife Meghan wanted to reduce their royal duties and become financially independent.
The issue has dominated headlines in Britain over the last fortnight and culminated in a deal which means the couple will step down from their royal roles to spend most of their time in North America.
Meanwhile, William, 37, and Kate, 38, have continued with their official engagements, in keeping with the royals' determination to carry on with business as usual.
On Tuesday, William attended a meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, which aims to tackle the illegal trade in animal products, while Kate was at Birmingham's Science Museum to launch the survey, designed for people across the country to give their views about children's early lives.
On Wednesday, she attended a baby sensory class and will then travel to talk to inmates at the prison.
"Parents, carers and families are at the heart of caring for children in the formative years, so that is why I want to listen to them," Kate said at the launch.
The mother-of-three added: "As a parent I know how much we cherish the future health and happiness of our children."
The aim of the survey, which contains five short questions such as "What do you believe is most important for children growing up in the UK today to have a happy adult life", is to provide a vital source of information and help bring about positive, lasting change, her Kensington Palace office said.
The Independent / Reuters
Despite the protections in place to support breastfeeding for employees, the burden still falls on working mothers to advocate for the resources they need, says a new research.
Stella Creasy, an opposition lawmaker who has campaigned for MPs to be offered maternity leave, received a warning after speaking at a debate on Tuesday while holding her three-month-old son Pip.
Giving birth to a baby can be an extremely painful experience that can put considerable strain – both physical and psychological – on the mother. A good number of women therefore opt for a Caesarean section to make the delivery more tolerable.
A minute after 12 midnight that signaled the entry of the auspicious December 2, Almas became the third girl of a Syrian family to be followed at 12:07 a.m. by first-born Meheddin, also to a Syrian couple at the NMC Royal Hospital in Sharjah.
The following postpartum signifies a period of revivification, and the hormonal turbulence can be fatiguing for the body.
The nursery follows the British Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) curriculum that focuses on 7-core areas of age-appropriate learning with a well-developed and holistic curriculum.