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National child measurement programme

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of over one-million children aged 4-5 and 10-11 years each year in primary schools in England. Each year our school nursing team completes the height and weight of school children in Reception and Year 6. Height and weight measurements are used to calculate weight status. We collect this information because NCMP is a government led strategy for public health intelligence to support local initiatives for children.

If you have a child in these year groups, you will receive a letter with more information from us, before your child is measured. You can opt out of the NCMP, by replying using the opt out form in the letter.

On the day, one of our team will weigh and measure your child in their clothes at school. They will make sure the measurements are done sensitively and in private. Your child’s results will not be shared with teachers or other children.

You will later be sent a letter in the post with your child’s results. If you are concerned, you can speak to a school nurse/healthy weight specialist nurse, who can offer advice.

Frequently asked questions about the National Child Measurement Programme.

Information for parents and carers who live in Southwark. (PDF 223Kb)

Information for parents and carers who live in Lambeth. (PDF 279Kb)

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