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The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a centre to focus on the impact of early childhood

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The Duchess of Cambridge has been learning about the impact of childhood for nearly a decade, so she's now using her knowledge to increase awareness.

Kate is opening The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, within the Cambridges', charity, to encourage new research about the importance of the early years.

The royal shared a teaser of her new project on the Cambridges’ social media accounts, explaining that the venture has been "ten years in the making".

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Kate has already announced her first report, Big Change Starts Small, which highlights six key areas to make a difference in, such as “building a mentally healthier and more nurturing society” and “creating communities of support”.

“Our first five years lay important foundations for our future selves,” explained Kate in the report. “This period is when we first learn to manage our emotions and impulses, to care and to empathise and thus ultimately to establish healthy relationships with ourselves and others.”

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“It is a time when our experience of the world around us, and the way that moulds our development, can have a lifelong impact on our future mental and physical wellbeing. Indeed, what shapes our childhood shapes the adults and the parents we become.”

Kate will also launch a new website to help raise awareness and serve as a hub for the centre’s latest work and activities, such as working with the private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as developing campaigns to raise awareness.

The duchess also recently co-authoerd an op-ed with First Lady Dr Jill Biden on the subject of prioritising early childhood care and education.

"This is an agenda that should unite us all. We must have new conversations in our families and communities," they wrote in the piece. "We need CEOs to consider how they support the parents and caregivers in their workforces. And we need leaders across the world to understand that early childhood care and education is where they can make some of the most important, long-term impacts for their nations."

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