On Thursday, Kate visited the Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in Peckham. It is a health and development centre for children and young people to learn more about the Early Years sector.
The Duchess is patron of the children’s hospital Evelina London, which delivers the initiative in the London borough of Southwark.
Arriving at the event, she looked radiant in a polka dot blouse and tailored black trousers.
Kate received a warm welcome by the staff who gathered to greet her, asking about their roles within the organisation. Once inside she had a chance to meet some of the centre’s youngest residents.
Kate chatted with first-time mums who have been helped by the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), a voluntary home visiting programme for parents aged up to 24. She learned more about the programme, which helps young mums to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development, and reach their goals and aspirations.
Mothers are partnered with a specially-trained family nurse who visits them regularly, from early pregnancy until their child is two.
FNP is delivered in around 70 areas across England and each local team features specially-trained family nurse supervisors, family nurses, and quality support officers.
The Palace just announced the visit itself, sharing a video of Kate inside the center. “The Duchess of Cambridge visited @EvelinaLondon Sunshine House to meet the Southwark @FNPNationalUnit, as part of her research and engagement with the Early Years sector.
“The Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time parents aged 24 & under,” the Palace tweeted.
The last time we saw Kate was when she joined baking legend Mary Berry to open a garden she helped design at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey last week.
Royal fans already know that children’s mental health is one of Kate’s main issued. In her speech at the event last week, she spoke about how crucial a child’s upbringing is in influencing who they become as adults and shaping healthy habits.
Kate said: “The experience we gain during our earliest years influences who we become as people.
“They influence how we interact in school, at work, and in society, and ultimately, how we bring up our own children.
“As a parent, I’ve learned just how important it is to foster our child’s development in all areas, not just physical, as soon as they’re born,” she added later. “We build the blocks, the foundations for future success and happiness later in their lives.”