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Reception National Child Measurement Programme

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Height and weight checks for children in Reception and Year 6


What is the NCMP?

Each year in England, school children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight checked at school as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Height and weight measurements are used to calculate weight status. 


Your child’s Reception class will take part in this year’s programme. A letter will be sent out to parents soon.


The checks are carried out by registered school nurses or trained health care providers. Children are measured fully clothed, except for their coats and shoes, in a private space away from other pupilsThe programme will be delivered in line with the school and local authority’s safety control measures.


Further information about the National Child Measurement Programme can be found at


You can also watch the NCMP video made by the school nursing team by using the link below:


Withdrawing your child from the National Child Measurement Programme


If you are happy for your child to be measured, you do not need to do anything.

Please inform your child’s school as soon as possible after reading this letter:

  • if you do not want the height and weight of your child to be checked
  • if your child has a medical condition that affects their height or weight or taking part in the measurements


Children will not be made to take part on the day if they do not want to.