School nurses offer a School Entrant Health Review in Reception year, and the National Child Measurement Programme in Reception and Year 6.
You will receive a letter about the NCMP in advance of the school nurse visiting your child’s school.
Parent/carers are asked to complete a health questionnaire for their child at school entry and give consent for vision and hearing screening. If any concerns are raised the School Nursing team may contact the parent/carer to discuss further.
The school entry vision screening assesses distance vision. If a child’s vision is not within normal limits a referral to an eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) or to a local Optician will be recommended to parents. The school entry hearing screening assesses hearing across a verity of frequencies and volumes. If a child’s hearing is not within normal limits a retest or referral to a hearing specialist (Audiologist) will be recommended to parents.
It is advisable that parents/carers inform school staff if their child has a vision or hearing problem so that any modifications can be made to aid their learning in school. For example they can be seated near the white board if appropriate.
Children and young people in full-time education are entitled to receive free vision assessment at an optician and this is recommended 2 yearly (NHS choices).
Children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which is an important element of the Government’s work programme on childhood obesity. In reception year children are weighed and measured as part of the school entry review to check that they are growing healthily and to identify any growth problems. Results are sent to parents in a letter.