National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an annual programme, which involves measuring the height and weight of all school children in reception and year 6. Over 99% of eligible state-maintained schools across England, including academies, participate in the NCMP.
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) shows that in Cornwall in 2016 - 17:
- 1 in 4 (23.1%) children in Reception year are overweight or obese.
- 1 in 3 (30%) children in Year 6 are overweight or obese.
At the same time, the percentage of adults aged 18+ in Cornwall who are classified as overweight or obese is 64.3%.
Being overweight or obese does not only endanger children’s health. It can affect their attendance at school, their learning and their academic achievement. It may also call for extra staff training to ensure that children with health conditions can be appropriately supported during the school day.
Individual height and weight measurements are shared with each child’s parents. This helps to encourage parents to monitor their child’s growth and to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviours. Because many children in England are now overweight, parents and health professionals often cannot tell just by looking at a child whether he or she is a healthy weight. This is why taking an objective measurement through the NCMP and sharing that information with parents is important.
Delivering the NCMP provides vital information that enables Cornwall to plan for and invest in key services to tackle obesity and its wider determinants. It also helps to raise parents’ awareness of overweight and obesity, its consequences and healthy lifestyle choices. The more children that take part the better the picture and the better we can support children and families.
Find out more from the NCMP Team
There is more about the NCMP in Cornwall and some helpful short videos explaining the process on the Council website
Healthy Cornwall, are also on hand to help with weight matters. They are a fantastic, friendly team who are working with school nurses and the NCMP to provide individual, tailored support for those who need to achieve a healthy weight. You can find more information on the Healthy Cornwall website.