13 February 2018
NCMP 2018

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)


Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

The NCMP provides information to help build an understanding of national and local trends in child weight. It is important to have a good understanding of how children are growing, so that the best possible advice and support can be provided for them and their families. 

The measurements will be done by trained school nursing staff at school in a private space away from other pupils. Children will be measured fully clothed except for their coats and shoes. Routine data such as your child’s name, date of birth, sex, address, postcode and ethnicity will also be collected.


Somerset's Public Health Team has produced a Heights and Weights Factsheet for parents with frequently asked questions about the programme: Heights and Weights Factsheet.pdf