The Duchess of Cambridge is on a two-day visit to Denmark where she took the work of her childhood foundation abroad for the first time.
Kate launched her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood last June and it aims to increase awareness of the “extraordinary impact” of youngsters’ early years to “transform society for generations to come”.
Denmark is known as having a world-leading approach to early childhood development and the duchess met researchers from the Copenhagen Infant Mental Health Project (CIMHP) during a visit to Copenhagen University.
The CIMHP promotes the mental wellbeing of, and relationships between, infants and their parents.
Academics have developed the Alarm Distress Baby Scale – a pioneering screening tool that can help health visitors identify infants at risk of adverse social and emotional development.
Academics also run the Understanding Your Baby research project that provides further training for health visitors so they can help new parents as they start to notice and interpret their baby’s behavioural cues.
The duchess, who flew on a scheduled flight, met people involved in the project, including some of the 1,300 first-time parents who have benefited from it.
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Over 200 health workers have also been involved in the scheme, which started in 2019 and runs to July this year.
Kate’s final event of the first day was a trip to the Lego Foundation PlayLab at University College Copenhagen where she met students who are training to be early years professionals, and was pictured going down a slide.
Her working visit will also pay tribute to the long ties the UK and Denmark have and mark the countries’ joint jubilees – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Golden Jubilee of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II – both of which are this year.
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