National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

The NCMP measures the height and weight of children in reception class and year 6. 

The information is used by the NHS and local authorities to plan and provide better services for children.

You can find out more about the National Child Measurement Programme on the NHS website.

Why do you measure my child?

Your child’s height and weight measurements are used to calculate body mass index (BMI), this measurement is an important way of checking how your child is growing.

By comparing your child's weight with their age, height and sex, we can tell whether they're growing as expected.

This is something you may have done when your child was a baby using the growth charts in the Personal Child Health Record (red book).

Once your child's BMI has been calculated, they'll be in one of four categories:

  • underweight
  • healthy weight
  • overweight
  • very overweight

We collect this information because it’s in the public interest to understand how many children are overweight, a healthy weight or underweight.

The wellbeing of children and families is very important. If you’re concerned about your child’s growth, weight, body image or eating patterns, you can seek further support from our 0-19 Public Health Nursing service on (01226) 774411 or email

Taking part in NCMP

Each year parents/guardians of children in reception class (ages 4 and 5) and year 6 (ages 10 and 11) will receive a notification or letter from the 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, stating the NCMP will start. The NCMP in Barnsley is carried out in three steps:

Before Measurements

Letters will be sent via SMS, email or post to all parents/guardians of children that attend a Barnsley school, in reception class and year 6. Your child does not have to take part, but every child who is measured is contributing to the national picture about how children are growing.


0-19 Public Health Nursing staff will weigh your child and measure their height at school. Measurements are conducted in a sensitive way, in private and away from other children. Individual results are not shared with your child or their school.

After Measurement

After your child has been weighed and measured in school, you will receive a notification from the 0-19 PHNS, usually in the form of an SMS message.

My child has been weighed and measured, what happens now?

You’ll receive a message (usually by SMS) that your child has been weighed and measured in school by a member of the 0-19 Public Health Nursing Team as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

It’s important to have a good understanding of how children are growing, so the best advice and support can be provided for them and their families.  Helping children to achieve a healthy weight is a national and local priority.

Your child’s weight and height measurements are kept confidential; however statistical data is used by us and the NHS to help plan advice and services in your area.

You can find out how we use and keep this Information for 0-19 Public Health Nursing service collect by looking at our privacy promise.

For details about how the NHS use the NCMP data is used, please see the NHS how the data is used webpage

How do I find out about my child's results?

You do not receive results if your child is in a healthy weight. However if you would like to know your child’s measurement results, or discuss any concerns you have about your child’s growth development, you can contact our 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service on (01226) 774411. Please allow three working days from receiving the measurement notification before you contact the team, to allow for your child’s measurement to be uploaded to their record.  

If your child falls into an unhealthy weight category, you may receive a follow up contact from a health professional in the Public Health Nursing Service to discuss the results further.

Where can I find information about staying healthy?

If you would like more information on keeping healthy and about services available to you please visit our health and wellbeing webpage.

You can also find more information about food and healthy weight

You can download a copy of the Eatwell Guide that provides advice about maintaining a healthy balanced diet. 

You’ll also find useful information on the Change for Life website, where you can read top tips on family meals, healthy snacks, ideas on how to reduce drinks and ways to increase physical activity.

Contact us 

You can contact our team on (01226) 774411, lines are open Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 4.45pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm or email us at 

We also have some great information on our 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service Facebook page.