As part of the National Child Measurement Programme, children are weighed and measured at school by our School Nurses.
About the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
Research shows that if a child is overweight, they’re more likely to be overweight as an adult, which can lead to health problems in later life.
As part of the NCMP, your child will be weighed and measured at school in Foundation 2 and Year 6.
When your child reaches Foundation 2 (ages 4 and 5) or Year 6 (ages 10 and 11), a letter will be sent home before they are due to be measured in school (height and weight). You will need to consent to your child’s height and weight being measured. It’s important for your child’s height and weight to be measured as this will confirm if they are in the healthy weight range.
Information about how children’s data is collected and processed as part of the National Child Measurement Programme is available on the NHS Digital website.
How do I find out my child’s results?
You will automatically be sent your child’s results in the post. If your child is identified as very overweight they will be offered support from the One You Service in Cheshire East or Fit Club in Wirral.
If you don’t consent to your child’s height and weight being measured in school and you’re concerned they might be under or overweight you can speak to your GP, or your child’s school nurse who can offer advice and support.
Should I share the results with my child?
The results are sent direct to you. The decision about whether to talk to your child about their results is down to you. Some parents like to discuss the results with their child and then decide together whether to make any changes to the family’s diet or activity levels.
Others decide to make subtle changes without telling them.
There’s no right or wrong answer, and the decision depends on individual circumstances. Find out more about talking to your child about weight on the Weight Concern website.
If your child’s results surprise or worry you, contact:
- your child’s school nurse
- One You Service (Cheshire East)
- St Helens Wellbeing Service (St Helens) – 01744 371 111 / [email protected]
- Fit Club – 0151 643 5403 (Wirral)
- Family Futures – 0151 290 4336 / www.knowsleyinfo.co.uk/content/children-and-families-weight-management-service-family-futures
- your GP
Change4Life provides advice, tips and support to help families make small and meaningful lifestyle changes. You’ll also find information about local clubs, activities and fun events for the entire family to get involved in.