Duchess Kate has spoken for the first time about “getting used to” the school drop-off with 4-year-old Prince George, revealing her firstborn’s school commencement has confirmed it really does take a village to raise a child.
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“As a mother”
The much beloved – and pregnant – Kate was a guest speaker at the Place 2 Be School Leaders Forum, and her presentation to assembled educators was a personal one.
“Parents also have a key role in this support system. As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child,” she told the audience at the Place2Be event in London. She’s patron of the organisation and it’s an initiative that’s obviously close to her heart as she raises a young family with husband, Prince William.
“Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents, we are all in this together. We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their future lives and thrive.”
This year’s forum – called I’m Fine! – included experts in child psychiatry, psychology and research, as well as head teachers of Place2Be partner schools who work in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK, Hello reports.
This evening The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) attended the charity's Gala Dinner held at the Orangery in Kensington Palace. AFNCCF campaigns for a step change in children's mental health and believes in the importance of early intervention and working with whole families, which can make a huge difference for those in vulnerable situations. The Gala Dinner was also an opportunity for AFNCCF to update guests on the building of their new Centre of Excellence. 📸PA
Mental health awareness
Kate also spoke about the importance of caring for mental health in children, revealing that the young royals’ Heads Together initiative are working on new strategies and tools to help parents, teachers and kids prioritise emotional wellbeing.
She said that teachers play a vital role in the village that supports children, and commended schools on the work they do to ensure kids feel valued and cared for.
“Getting support to children at the very earliest stage helps improve their outcomes later in life,” Kate said.
“Schools and teachers are at the heart of this support, and have a crucial role to play. You know your pupils. You know their circumstances. You can spot when a family’s having a tough time. You occupy a special position because you can identify issues and take action when it’s most needed. Parents also have a key role to play in this support system.”
Kate and Prince William are expecting their third child in April 2018, and Kate’s slowly settling back into public life after hyperemesis gravidarum sidelined her for a number of weeks in her first trimester.
The Duchess of Cambridge opened the Place2Be School School Leaders Forum, saying: “As a mother just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child. Whether we are school leaders, teachers, support staff or parents – we're all in this together. We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their futures and thrive.”