Kate Middleton arrives for a visit at a London nursery

Breakfast with the Duchess! Kate Middleton dons skinny jeans and wraps up in a blue coat for a nursery visit to discuss her early years development survey

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived for a visit at Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre-School, London
  • Kate will meet with staff to discuss her ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives survey, which launched last week
  • Royal will hear about the importance of food for a child’s development and help serve breakfast to children 

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits as she arrived for an early morning visit to a south London nursery today. 

Kate, 38, wrapped up in an eye-catching blue coat for the outing to Stockwell Gardens Nursery & Pre-School, part of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), where she discussed her landmark early years survey with staff. 

The royal, who has devoted eight years to the project, revealed 100,000 have signed up to the landmark ‘5 Big Questions’ online survey in the week since its launch.

The royal also heard about the importance of nutritious food for a child’s development and helped serve breakfast to the youngsters.

It is the third engagement in as many days for the Duchess, following an appearance at a Holocaust Memorial Day service in London on Monday and a visit to a London’s children’s hospital yesterday.  

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits as she visited LEYF Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-School


The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of elegance as she arrived for a visit at a south London nursery today

The Duchess smiled broadly as she was greeted by staff outside the nursery before making her way inside, pictured


The Duchess of Cambridge brought a splash of colour to a winter’s day in her vibrant coat, which she wore loose on arrival



The Duchess of Cambridge has made early years the focus of her royal work and is the focus of the engagement this morning

The Duchess donned a frilly white long-sleeved top with a high neck to keep herself warm on a chilly winter’s morning

Speaking at the engagement, the Duchess shared her excitement at the early success of her survey, which aims to spark a UK-wide conversation on raising the next generation.

Kate announced the landmark research with a whirlwind tour of the UK last week, starting at Birmingham Science Museum and taking in stops at Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff and HMP Send near Woking. 

Speaking today, Kate said: ‘It’s great to visit places like this where communities come together to support one another. Last week I launched a UK wide survey on early childhood because I want to hear society’s views about raising the next generation.

‘I’m so happy that over 100,000 people from all across the UK have already completed it, and I can’t wait to see the results.’

During the visit the duchess, who wore an £80 cream jumper by French label Sézane, was told about the importance of nutritious food for a child’s development from apprentices at the LEYF Early Years Chef Academy. 

She also joined in with nursery teachers serving breakfast to the delighted children.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the nursery, where she revealed 10,000 people have already signed up to the survey


The Duchess of Cambridge wore a teal coat, white jumper and black slim jeans with boots for the outing this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for practical low-heel black booties for the outing to the south London nursery this morning


The Duchess of Cambridge had her brunette locks styled in a bouncy blow-dry as she continued a busy week of engagements 



Kate kept her look simple for the visit to the nursery and pre-school, sticking to a classic black and white combination


The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured arriving today, shared her excitement at the success of her survey in its first week

The visit today is the latest stop for the Duchess as she promotes the online survey. Pictured, Kate arriving at the nursery

The LEYF is a social enterprise that aims to add value to the life of the community and future generations by strengthening local networks, demonstrating the role that everyone has.

It operates 39 nurseries in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas and provides high-quality childcare to more than 4,000 children, employing more than 800 staff locally – along with 60 apprentices – across 11 London boroughs.  

The visit today is the latest stop for the Duchess as she promotes the online survey, conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Royal Foundation. It is thought to be the biggest of its kind. 

Participants are asked for their opinion on what influences development and what period of childhood is most important for children’s happiness. The survey is open until 21 February.

The intention is to ‘spark a national conversation’ to help create ‘lasting change for generations to come’, Kensington Palace has said.  

Kate, mother to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and 21-month-old Prince Louis, has said she believes ‘many of society’s greatest social and health challenges’ could be ‘mitigated or entirely avoided’ if young children are given ‘the right support’.

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