National Child Measurement Programme
Every year, throughout the country, children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11years) have their height and weight measured by school nurses. This is called the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). It’s part of a national campaign to help children maintain a healthy weight. This year, parents in Somerset will be sent letters telling them which weight category their child falls into.
Locally, Somerset County Council uses the information from the child measurement programme to help plan services to promote and achieve healthy weight in childhood, like ZingSomerset.
Pre-Measurement Letters 2017
Pre-measurement letter 2017 - Parents and Carers .pdf
Pre-measurement letter 2017 - Head Teachers.pdf
Feedback Letter 2017
NCMP final feedback letter - March 2017.pdf
Information for parents about the National Child Measurement Programme
- Somerset Public Health has produced an online Heights and Weights Factsheet about NCMP. The factsheet contains answers to frequently asked questions that have come from parents and schools
- School nurses will be able to offer families advice about their child’s weight and link them up with local organisations. Details of local health teams are printed on the results letters that go out to parents.
- Parents may want to find out about Somerset’s children and families’ lifestyle courses. They can access this information via the Zing Somerset website:
- Families can make an appointment at their GP practice where they will be offered advice and support from a practice nurse or GP.
Useful resources and support:
- The NCMP website provides parents and families with advice and allows them to calculate their child’s weight and see this represented on a scale
- The Change4Life website offers child friendly ideas and resources for increasing physical activity, portion sizes, recipes and healthy snacks
- The Eatwell Guide is a useful tool to help children and families to create balanced meals. The guide also offers advice about healthy eating including information about allergies and understanding calories
- The Map Me Tool was developed to help parents and practitioners to see how difficult it is to recognise a child's weight category just by looking. Map Me - Boys.pdf and Map Me - Girls.pdf
Childhood Obesity Strategy
Childhood Obesity Plan