After sending her own little one off to nursery school this week, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Reach Academy in Feltham, London. The academy is one of 282 schools that is a partner of Place2Be, a children's mental health charity.
Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge has been the Royal Patron of Place2Be since 2013. The charity partners with schools, staff, and parents to support the emotional well-being of students. The charity believes it is vital that there is communication between home and school in order to support children during emotional challenges.
Kate spent time doing art and craft activities with kids from the nursery program and took a tour of the school before joining a discussion with Place2Be staff and secondary students about what services are available to them including support groups.
Animals have been proven to be a great resource to help children struggling with various problems, and the Reach Academy has quite a few. While visiting with older students Kate met a puppy named Bear, whom the students are training to be a Therapy Dog. The school even has a farm with chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs!
It is fabulous to see the Duchess of Cambridge showing compassion for children and supporting such a worthy cause! The mental health of our children is something that we must all take into consideration. The best way is to start supporting them when they are young. I think this is a cause that Princess Diana would have backed as well. After all, she supported several mental health charities herself while alive and I think it is fantastic that Kate is following in her footsteps! Don't you think that is great?