This week Kate paid a visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in London on Thursday to learn more about a nursing initiative that supports families and children in the early years.
The voluntary home visiting program for first-time parents — ages 24 and under — links parents with a specially-trained family nurse who visits them regularly, from early pregnancy until their child is 2.
Kate’s visit was to “further her research and engagement with the Early Years sector” her office at Kensington Palace said. The Family Nurse Partnership supports young mothers to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and attain their goals for their child and their family.
Kate has centered her public work around helping to support families, carers and children in their early years. Becoming more of an expert in the area, Kate has recently concluded a year-long study led by a steering group of experts and professionals in the field of early years’ childhood development.
Kate has a “really strong interest therefore in how you can support mothers and fathers in the earliest months of life of a child and during pregnancy in order to make sure that brain architecture was well supported. And a real compassion about the challenges of that and desire to understand the experiences of the families that some of the people around the table work with.”
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Southwark is run by Evelina London, a children’s hospital and provider of community services — of which Princess Kate is patron.
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