National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) | Oxfordshire County Council

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Each child in England is weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Every year, children in Reception Year (aged 4 -5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) are weighed and measured during the school year in England.

Public Health in Oxfordshire uses the NCMP data to set local goals to tackle child obesity and target services for children most in need.

Throughout the country, children in Reception Year and Year 6 are having their height and weight measured as part of NCMP.

How it works

If you have a child in one of these years, you will receive a letter with more information about the programme from your child’s school.

Trained staff will weigh and measure your child in his or her clothes. Care is taken to ensure that the measurements are done sensitively and in private, and your child’s results will not be shared with teachers or other children.

The NCMP provider will send parents a letter with their child’s results within six weeks of being measured. This will tell you your child’s height and weight, when they were measured and whether this means that they are underweight, a healthy weight or overweight for their age, sex and height.

Data

Information on all children will be gathered and sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) – but not details that could identify your child, such as name or date of birth.

Public Health England (PHE) will analyse this anonymous information to look at trends in children’s heights and weights across England to shape how services are delivered to help people improve their own and their children’s health.

More information

More information on the child weight and healthy eating habits is available on the NHS website.

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provide the NCMP programme locally. More information can be found on the Oxford health website.

If you are concerned that your child may be underweight or overweight, speak to your GP, school nurse or health visitor.

Last reviewed
21 November 2017
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