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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCMP has not been able to go ahead as usual. Following the reopening of primary schools for all pupils in March 2021, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care via Public Health England (PHE) has requested that local authorities use the remainder of the academic year to collect a representative sample of data. This will enable a national estimate of children’s weight status (including obesity prevalence) for 2020/21 and contribute towards assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s physical health.
If you have a child in Reception and Year 6, you may receive a letter stating that your child’s school has been chosen to participate in this year’s reduced NCMP programme. You can opt out of the NCMP, by calling the School Nursing Team on 020 3049 4777.
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. The programme will be delivered in a COVID-safe way, in line with the school and local authority’s safety control measures. This includes robust hand and respiratory hygiene (i.e. face covering, mask or shield) and enhanced cleaning arrangements for the rooms and equipment used to measure your child’s height and weight, as recommended in the national guidance for schools and healthcare.
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.
Information for parents and carers who live in Lambeth.