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National Child Measurement Programme - background

  • Last modified date:
    17 February 2011
A child having her height measured for the NCMP
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The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is overseen by the Department's Obesity Team.

As part of the programme children in Reception Year (ages four and five) and Year 6 (ages 10 and 11) are weighed and measured at school.

The information is then used to help the NHS plan and provide better health services for children.

The primary purpose of the NCMP is to:

  • help local areas to understand the prevalence of child obesity in their area, and help inform local planning and delivery of services for children;
  • gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity; and
  • enable primary care trusts and local authorities to use the data from the NCMP to set local goals as part of the NHS Operating Framework vital signs and their LAA National Indicator Set, agree them with SHAs and government offices, and then monitor performance.

The programme also increases public understanding of child weight issues by engaging families with the issue of healthy weight in children, through the provision to parents (whether automatically or by-request) of their child’s results.

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