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.

The wellbeing of children and families is very important. On the day, one of our team members will weigh and measure your child in their clothes at school.  Measurements are conducted in a sensitive way, in private and away from other children.

You can opt out of the NCMP, by calling the School Nursing Team on 020 3049 4777.

The weight and height information is shared with the parent or carer in a feedback letter. No individual information is shared with the children themselves, teachers or the school. It is a parent’s choice if they share the information with their child.

If you are concerned with your child`s weight, you can speak to a school nurse or Lambeth 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.

Healthy weight nurse

Learn more about our healthy weight nurse.