Kate Middleton Served Breakfast to Kindergarteners as She Visited a London Preschool

Kate's launching a national survey into early childhood development.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The National Portrait Gallery Workshop At Evelina London Children's Hospital
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Earlier this month, Kate Middleton launched a British survey into early childhood development (opens in new tab), named "5 Big Questions on the Under 5s." To promote the survey, she's undertaking a solo tour of the U.K., making stops at the Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff, Wales, women's prison HMP Send in Surrey, England, as well as the interactive children's activity MiniBrum at the Birmingham Science Museum. On Wednesday, she visited the LEYF (London Early Years Foundation) Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre-school, as People reports (opens in new tab), where she helped serve kindergarteners breakfast.

Kate visited the preschool in order to draw attention to childhood nutrition (specifically, a good breakfast—hence her early morning arrival). According to People, she spoke to staff and children at the nursery, as well as members of the LEYF Early Years Chef Academy, which trains chefs in creating nutritious food for under 8s. 

The "5 Big Questions on the Under 5s" survey (opens in new tab) comprises—as you've probably guessed from the title—five questions on how early experiences impact health and wellbeing in later life. Kelly Beaver of Ipsos MORI, the research company conducting the survey for the Royal Foundation, told (opens in new tab) the Independent, "The [survey] is a fantastic way for the British public to share their views about the importance of the early years."

statement (opens in new tab) on the official Kensington Royal Instagram reads, "The survey is designed to bring together the thoughts of as many people across the UK as possible – recognising that everyone has a role in ensuring strong, healthy foundations for the youngest in our society that will positively affect their lifelong outcomes." The post continues, "5 Big Questions on the Under 5s aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come."

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