National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
Within our School Nursing Service trained health staff undertake the height and weight measurement of children within Reception and Year 6 in schools across Lowestoft and Waveney.
This is part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) which provides information to help build an understanding of national and local trends in child weight as it is important to have a good understanding of how children are growing, so that the best possible advice and support can be provided. Children who take part will be measured fully clothed except for their coats and shoes.
We have a duty to ensure that all parents receive a letter explaining the programme, which also gives them the opportunity to withdraw their child from the programme. Children themselves can also refuse to take part on the day.
Results are closely protected with no information about individual children’s weights or heights disclosed to school staff or to other pupils. ECCH will store this data securely. Parents will be informed of their child’s results and data will be shared with the Department of Health and included within each confidential Child Health Record using the child’s NHS number.
We are working in close partnership with Suffolk’s healthy lifestyle provider, OneLife Suffolk. In order to reduce obesity levels, information from the NCMP may need to be shared with OneLife Suffolk and may also include follow up contact with parents.
If, as a result of receiving information from the programme, you would like any advice about nutrition and exercise for children, our School Nursing Service or OneLife Suffolk please contact us.