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National child measurement programme

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11), to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within primary schools.  

The NCMP has been running since 2006/7. The information gathered is used to help plan and provide better health services for children and to support public health initiatives.

What should I expect?

  • You will receive a letter advising you that the growth check is going to take place in school. Parents will have the option of opting their child out of the programme if they wish to do so.
  • Your child will be fully clothed (removing only their shoes), their height and weight will be measured and recorded by a trained member of the school health team.
  • Children’s results will not be shared with school staff or other pupils.
  • Your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) centile is calculated

Why is it important for my child to be measured?

  • If your child’s BMI is found to be outside of healthy parameters you will be contacted and offered support. 
  • The data collected will be anonymised and used by the Department of Health to monitor and improve the management of health and care services.

If you are worried about your child’s weight please speak to your School Nurse.