Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge met with families to show her support for the launch of Tiny Happy People. It is a new initiative which provides free online tools to aid the development of language and communication skills in kids under the age of five.
The mother-of-thee has been working on the project for several months, since she visited Broadcasting House in November to work on some of the video resources and social media content during a creative workshop.
During the interview, which will be shown in full on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, Kate revealed that she wishes Tiny Happy People was around when Prince George was born.
She said: “In the first few months, there’s a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors. But from then onwards, there’s a massive gap before they then start school.
“Hearing some of the things from the parents today, Ryan at the beginning, saying how his baby has got five different cries.
“He’s learnt a huge amount from Tiny Happy People and it’s information like that I wish I had had as a first-time mum, but, for so many parents, it’s gold dust really for families to be given those tips and tools to be able to use, particularly in these first five years.”
For the occasion Duchess Kate looked absolutely beautiful in a polka-dot dress by Emilia Wickstead. It also looks like she has had a post-lockdown hair makeover, sporting honey-coloured highlights and a layered fringe.
During the visit, the Duchess of Cambridge met with Ryan and his eight-month-old daughter Mia, as well as parents Henrietta, Abu and their 11-month-old daughter Amirah; and Kerry, Darren and their son Dexter, two.
They talked about the ways in which they have used the resources, and how they have seen their children’s language and communication develop as a result.
Kate said of the project: ”Families and carers are at the heart of nurturing the next generation of happy, healthy adults, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn to for advice.
“Tiny Happy People is an invaluable resource which provides parents and carers with support and tips, as well as simple activities to ensure children develop the language skills they need to have the best possible start in life.
“I am delighted to have been part of its journey and hope families across the UK will enjoy exploring the resources.”
All of the initiative’s available resources, including quizzes, short films and articles, have been developed with the support of experts in child and language development. The program has been piloted in Manchester, and Kate met some of the families who have enjoyed the service so far.
Recognising the significance of the project, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will collaborate with the BBC as they continue to develop and roll out Tiny Happy People.