Today The Duchess of Cambridge launched The Royal Foundation for Early Childhood. This centre will drive awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years, in order to transform society for generations to come.


We support The Duchess of Cambridge in her mission to create a fundamental shift in the approach to early years. Evidence shows that these years are the most important for children’s development and shaping the people they will become.


To coincide with the launch, the Centre has published its inaugural report, Big Change Starts Small, which brings together leading sector research in one place and underlines the critical lifelong impact of the early years on individuals, our economy and society.


The Duchess’s Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood and its inaugural report, Big Change Starts Small, echo many of the values promoted and encouraged within the Montessori approach. We too are championing the importance of a holistic view to research-based decision making and policy change; supporting cross-sector and cross-discipline educational projects that highlight the essential place of early education, be that mainstream or alternative, to ensure the early years receive the recognition and discussion they deserve. We hope this important step will encourage the Government and policymakers to consider their role in supporting the sector and young children.


It is long overdue that we, as a society, take a more holistic view of young children’s learning and that we take serious steps to professionalise the sector and respect its workforce. What ultimately matters the most, is improving outcomes for children. The more we know about the early years, the better these outcomes will be.