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PHE publishes new National Child Measurement Programme guidance for 2013 to 2014


Public Health England (PHE) is publishing new guidance on the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for implementation in the 2013 to 2014 school year.

The guidance supports local authorities to meet their new statutory duty to deliver the NCMP, which measures the height and weight of children in reception and Year 6 annually.

Until March 2013, primary care trusts were responsible for delivering the programme, but on 1 April 2013 local authorities became responsible for NCMP. PHE is working with local authorities to support them in delivering the programme.

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"The real benefit of this programme is that it supports local authorities to understand their local population and also helps parents identify whether or not their child is maintaining a healthy weight.

"The guidance details changes to the programme resulting from the new public health landscape, and the new IT system that will be available from September.

"Template letters for local authorities to use when delivering the programme are included in the guidance, including a template for sharing results with parents, which they can edit to suit local preferences.

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