Duchess of Cambridge launches ‘Five Big Questions on the Under-Fives’

A national survey which addresses key issues to do with the future well-being and success of children, aims to trigger 'lasting change for generations to come'.

The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a 24-hour tour last week, which included meeting early years practitioners and children,  to launch the survey.
The Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a 24-hour tour last week, which included meeting early years practitioners and children, to launch the survey.

Conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of The Royal Foundation, ‘Five Big Questions on the Under-Fives’ will give people across the UK the opportunity to provide their view on raising the next generation. The survey contains five short questions on the first-hand experiences of parents, families and carers.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said, ‘At a time when the needs of the child is so often overlooked when it comes to Government policy, we warmly welcome the fact that “Five Big Questions” focuses on how best to ensure all children, regardless of background, are able to grow up happy and healthy.

‘With so much debate currently taking place about how best to support children in their earliest years, we hope that the Duchess’s efforts to start a national conversation will prove a success.’

Kate Stanley, director of strategy at the NSPCC, corroborated his view, saying: ‘The results will provide fascinating insight into how we think about the early years and it will be a vital source of information for the sector.’

The Five Big Questions
Question 1: What do you believe is most important for children growing up in the UK today to be able to live a happy adult life?

  • Good physical and mental health 
  • Good friendships and relationships
  • Access to opportunities
  • Access to a good education 

Question 2: Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?

  • It is primarily the responsibility of parents to give children aged up to five the best chance of health and happiness
  • It is primarily the responsibility of others in society
  • It is the shared responsibility of parents and others in society
  • Don’t know 

Question 3: How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: The mental health and well-being of parents and carers has a great impact on the development of their child(ren)? 

  • Strongly agree
  • Tend to agree
  • Neither agree nor disagree
  • Tend to disagree
  • Strongly disagree 

Question 4: Which of the following is closest to your opinion of what influences how children develop from the start of pregnancy to age five?

  • Mostly the traits a child is born with
  • Mostly the experiences of a child in the early years
  • Both nature and nurture equally
  • Don’t know 

Question 5: Which period of a child and young person’s life do you think is the most important for fostering health and happiness in adulthood?

  • Start of pregnancy to five years
  • 5-11 years
  • 11-16 years
  • 16-18 years
  • 18-24 years
  • Don’t know
  • All equally important 

Extra question: Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about your views on the early years of childhood? 

Respondto the survey here

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