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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an important element of the Government’s work programme on childhood obesity, and is operated jointly by the Department of Health and the Department for Education.

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Every year, as part of the NCMP, children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured in order to

  • Inform local planning and the delivery of services for children

  • Gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity.

Even though the rise in childhood obesity is stabilising, the level of childhood obesity is still high with nearly one in three children overweight or obese by the age of 11 years.

When children are in Reception and in year 6, their parents will receive a letter through their school informing them about the NCMP.

If parents don't want their child’s results included as part of this programme it is important that they complete the opt-out form and return it to school.

Following the measurements, Parents and carers are sent their child’s results with additional information and advice around healthy lifestyle choices and weight management.