Primary School Screening

The Primary School Screening team visit schools in Bromley to complete a vision test for Reception and to measure the weight and height of Reception and year 6 children.

Find out more about Primary School Screening

What is the National Child Measurement Programme?

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) involves the annual measurement of the height and weight of children in reception year and year 6 in all state-maintained primary and middle schools. All local authorities have a responsibility to deliver the NCMP. Over one million children participate in the national programme each year and it is regarded as a world-class source of information. In Bromley the programme is delivered, on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley, by our Bromley Primary School Screening team.

Your child’s school will let you know when your child is due to take part in the programme. If you don’t wish your child to be measured, you will have the opportunity to opt out of the screening. Children can also choose to opt out on the day.

Following the Primary School Screening team’s visit to your child’s school, the data for children in reception and year 6 classes is entered on to the NCMP IT system which calculates the child’s BMI centile, taking into account their weight, height, sex and age. This is the best measure we have of whether a child is a healthy weight. We then send a letter to parents, letting them know whether their child is a healthy weight, underweight, overweight or very overweight.

Who can see the results?

Measurements are confidential. We do not tell children or school staff individual children’s results. It is the parents’ choice whether the result is shared with their child.

National evaluation and research in relation to the programme have consistently shown that parents want to receive their child’s NCMP results, and that providing this information is an effective way to raise awareness. It also gives parents the opportunity to seek further advice and support if they want it.

School satisfaction with the Bromley programme in the last academic year was 97%.

Please contact the Bromley Primary School Screening service if you have any questions about the NCMP in Bromley or wish to discuss your child’s results.

What is vision screening?

At around four or five years old, children in Reception year will be offered a vision screen at their school.

We will write to you and, if you consent to the screening, your child will be screened during their first year of school. The screening will be carried out by trained healthcare staff in a private area in small groups. The screening will seem more like a game to the children and nothing will touch their eyes.

The results will be sent to you and, if needed, we will also refer your child to a specialist for help.

If your child wears glasses, they will not have their vision tested.

These tests are also available for children in special schools and for children who are home schooled or not in full time education. In these cases, please contact the service.

What is the National Child Measurement Programme?

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) involves the annual measurement of the height and weight of children in reception year and year 6 in all state-maintained primary and middle schools. All local authorities have a responsibility to deliver the NCMP. Over one million children participate in the national programme each year and it is regarded as a world-class source of information. In Bromley the programme is delivered, on behalf of the London Borough of Bromley, by our Bromley Primary School Screening team.

Your child’s school will let you know when your child is due to take part in the programme. If you don’t wish your child to be measured, you will have the opportunity to opt out of the screening. Children can also choose to opt out on the day.

Following the Primary School Screening team’s visit to your child’s school, the data for children in reception and year 6 classes is entered on to the NCMP IT system which calculates the child’s BMI centile, taking into account their weight, height, sex and age. This is the best measure we have of whether a child is a healthy weight. We then send a letter to parents, letting them know whether their child is a healthy weight, underweight, overweight or very overweight.

Who can see the results?

Measurements are confidential. We do not tell children or school staff individual children’s results. It is the parents’ choice whether the result is shared with their child.

National evaluation and research in relation to the programme have consistently shown that parents want to receive their child’s NCMP results, and that providing this information is an effective way to raise awareness. It also gives parents the opportunity to seek further advice and support if they want it.

School satisfaction with the Bromley programme in the last academic year was 97%.

Please contact the Bromley Primary School Screening service if you have any questions about the NCMP in Bromley or wish to discuss your child’s results.

Debra Drazen

Lead for Children's Dietetics

Bromley Primary School Screening

0300 330 5777

bromh.cccpod5@nhs.net

What is vision screening?

At around four or five years old, children in Reception year will be offered a vision screen at their school.

We will write to you and, if you consent to the screening, your child will be screened during their first year of school. The screening will be carried out by trained healthcare staff in a private area in small groups. The screening will seem more like a game to the children and nothing will touch their eyes.

The results will be sent to you and, if needed, we will also refer your child to a specialist for help.

If your child wears glasses, they will not have their vision tested.

These tests are also available for children in special schools and for children who are home schooled or not in full time education. In these cases, please contact the service.

Bromley Primary School Screening

020 8662 6681

bromh.bpss@nhs.net

Debra Drazen

Lead for Primary School Screening

020 8662 6681

debra.drazen@nhs.net