Height and weight checks for children in Reception and Year 6 in Nottinghamshire.
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). Your child’s class will take part in this year’s measurement programme. Further information about the National Child Measurement Programme can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/national-child-measurement-programme
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. If your child is being measured by another service, it is still important for them to take part in the NCMP.
The measurements are carried out by trained health care providers from the Healthy Families Team at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT). Children are measured fully clothed, except for their coats and shoes, in a private space away from other pupils.
You will not be notified of your child’s measurement if your child is in the healthy weight category. If your child falls outside this category (underweight or above healthy weight) you will receive a letter with your child’s results. If you have any concerns with your child’s growth, the Healthy Families Team is there for help and advice – the table below shows the contact numbers for the Healthy Families Team advice lines for all the areas in Nottinghamshire.
NHFT will store your child’s information on their local child health record on the child health information database. No individual measurements will be given to your child, school staff or other children, and all information will be treated confidentially. The information collected from all schools in Nottinghamshire will be shared via NHS Digital with Nottinghamshire County Council at the end of the school year. See appendix A overleaf for further details on how the information is collected and used.
Withdrawing your child from the National Child Measurement Programme
Children will not be made to participate if they do not want to but if you are happy for your child to be weighed and measured you do not need to do anything. If you do not want your child to take part please write in confidence to the school for the attention of the Healthy Families Team and NCM P within 10 days of receiving this letter stating your child’s name, date of birth, school and class, and the reasons for opting out.
In the meantime, if you would like more information on healthy lifestyles visit https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/your-childs-weight/home
Jonathan Gribbin/Colin Pettigrew
Director of Public Health Corporate Director for Children and Families Services
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