Kate's Centre for Early Childhood provides £50k for early years trial

Kate’s new project! Princess’s Centre for Early Childhood provides £50,000 to trial model which assesses babies’ wellbeing and happiness

  • The Princess of Wales first saw the model in action on a trip to Copenhagen
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The Princess of Wales has provided £50,000 for an NHS project to assess babies’ wellbeing and happiness.

Mother-of-three Kate, 41, is overseeing the trial, which will evaluate the use of the Alarm Distress Baby Scale (ADBB) to assess infants.

The project is being launched through The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, and will be carried out in conjunction with the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and Oxford University.

This morning, Kate will visit health workers in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, who are currently learning how to use ADBB to support families they are tasked with looking after.

Following a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, last year where she first saw it trialed, Kate has been fascinated by the system and believes it to be of importance in assessing the wellbeing of young babies.

The Princess of Wales has commissioned a £50,000 NHS project which assesses babies’ happiness and wellbeing, after she first saw the model in use during a trip to Denmark last year (pictured)

As part of her crusade in early years’ development, Kate has been working with the IVH to explore how the model can be implemented in the UK.

The ADBB model uses a range of indicators, including eye contact, facial expressions, vocalisationand activity levels to help families and practitioners understand how babies express their feelings.

It also supports parents and helps them with bonding and attachment to their children.

During today’s visit, the Princess will speak to the health workers being trained in the ADBB model and learn more about how their work is ensuring every child gets the best possible start in life.

The mother-of-three (pictured in Northern Ireland last year) has a passion for early years development 

The trial is running for 10 months within the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust.

If considered successful, it may be rolled out to more trusts across the UK.  

Since the launch of the Shaping Us campaign in January this year, Kate has been travelling up and down the country on a mission to promote early years development.

Last week, she visited Maidenhead Rugby Club where she chatted to rugby players and fathers within the community.

She joined players on the pitch before sitting down for important discussions later in the day as part of her Shaping Us campaign, speaking to fathers in the community about how sports clubs can be a good support network for children. 

The visit came as the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood has released statistics showing an increased awareness of the importance of early years development over the last year – but there is still plenty of work to do.

A public perception survey commissioned by the foundation and conducted by Ipsos UK showed that, last year, 17 per cent of people identified the period between pregnancy and the age of five as a crucial time for shaping a child’s future.

That proportion has this year risen by 2 per cent to 19 per cent overall.

Despite an overall increase in awareness, the data also showed that it was mostly women who identified the age range as important in shaping a child’s future, at 24 per cent – compared to just 14 per cent of men.

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