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Views of parents/carers on the National Child Measurement Programme needed

by Emily Maguire

Knowsley’s Public Health team is currently seeking the views of parents and carers regarding the National Child Measurement Programme.

The programme measures and height and weight of children in Reception classes (aged 4 or 5 years) and in Year 6 (aged 10 and 11 years) to assess overweight and obesity levels in primary school children.

Defining children as overweight or obese is a complex process and emotive issue, given that children of different ages and sexes grow and develop at different rates.

Local Authorities are required, by law, to carry out these measurements but we do have some flexibility around how the results are sent out and what local support is offered. We know receiving one of these letters can be upsetting and we want to understand how we can manage this process and support children and families better.

Knowsley Council is keen to speak to parents / carers about improvements that can be made to the process.

The team will be available on Thursday 23 May 2024 at the Old School House, St John’s Road, Huyton from 12.30pm until 2.30pm for an interactive session.

Transport is also available to get you to / from the Old School House if required. Please contact publichealth@knowsley.gov.uk to arrange.

If you would like to attend and help shape this process, please confirm your attendance by emailing publichealth@knowsley.gov.uk.