Child measurement

What is the National Child Measurement Programme?

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP0 measures the height and weight of children in reception class (aged 4-5) and year 6 (aged 10-11, to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within primary schools.

Find our more about the programme in this leaflet, and read about why it is important for your child to take part.

How do the school nurses help?

 Every year, the school health nurses team visit all primary schools to measure children in Reception and Year 6.

A trained school nursing staff member from the team will supervise the measurements, which will take place in a private space away from other pupils. The children will be measured while fully clothed, except for coats and shoes.

If your child is absent on the day of your child’s school visit, there may be an opportunity for them to be measured at a later date.

We can also support you and your child to make small sustainable changes to improve your health and well-being. If you would like to discuss your child’s result letter or access support from a trained nurse, please call us on 07824 498744 (during normal working hours, or email

Useful links

Register with the NHS’s Change 4 Life to find out more about how you and your family can have a healthy lifestyle, or find out about fitness activities near you:


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Page last reviewed: 12 September, 2019