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School height and weight checks

Has your child just been measured at school? The results can be surprising, but they're just a snapshot of your child's weight and it's not the end of the world. Get them back to a healthy weight with a few simple changes to help them eat more healthily and be more active.

Have you received a letter?

Children have their height and weight measured in Reception and Year 6 as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). This information is used to plan and provide better services for children and families.

If your child's NCMP letter surprised or worried you, speak to your GP or school nurse for advice and support. You can call the number on the results letter for advice and support too.

Find out more about NCMP

Very overweight

It can be difficult to help your child achieve a healthier weight when they still need food and energy to help them grow. However, we have practical advice to help you make a change.


As a parent, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if your child is overweight. However, we have lots of practical advice to help you understand and make a change.

Healthy weight

If your child is already a healthy weight, there are lots of things you can do as a parent to help your child stay a healthy weight as they grow.

How can I keep my child healthy?

Keep encouraging your child to eat well and move more, and they are more likely to stay a healthy weight. You can check their BMI every now and then using the NHS BMI calculator to make sure they stay in the healthy range.


As a parent, it's difficult to tell that your child is underweight. However, we have the practical advice to help you make a change.

Make a change today!

If you are concerned about your child, speak to your GP or practice nurse to see what support is available locally. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Start with one of the tips below and work your way through them all.

Getting support

For more advice and support you should always speak to your child's school nurse, GP or practice nurse.

If needed, they can refer you to your local weight management programme, which will help your family with diet and lifestyle changes, to help your child achieve a healthier weight.

Get Sugar Smart

We're all having too much sugar. Our kids might seem fine on the outside, but too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside.

Me-sized meals

These days' larger portion sizes are more readily available, which means it's easy to eat too much.

A good rule of thumb is to start meals with small servings and, just like Oliver Twist, if they're still hungry they'll ask for more.

Eat well

Having healthy eating habits helps your kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and teaches your child how to make healthy food choices for themselves.

There are lots of cheap and tasty ways you and your family can eat well every day – use our recipes for inspiration. For information on how your family can eat a healthy balanced diet, use the Eatwell guide.

Get going

Kids need at least 60 active minutes every day. Being active every day keeps their heart healthy, reduces their risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones.

Boost your family's activity levels by squeezing 10-minute bursts of fun activity into every day, like our 10 Minute Shake Ups.

Less screen time

Help your children avoid sitting and lying around too much, as this makes it more likely they'll put on weight.

Limit the amount of time your child spends on inactive pastimes such as watching television, playing video games and playing on electronic devices.

Sleep and screen time