Most children in the UK maintain a healthy weight throughout childhood.
However childhood obesity is a major issue in England with 22.4% of reception aged children and 34.3% of year 6 children now classed as overweight or very overweight. This should be a major concern for all of us as being an overweight and unfit child can set up a pattern for later life. As a parent or carer you are best placed to be able to monitor your child’s progress.
Keeping children healthy and well is a key priority in Derbyshire. One of the ways that we can do this is to ensure young people are a healthy weight.
That's where the National Child Measurement Programme comes in.
Derbyshire County Council is required to collect data on reception year and year 6 children's height and weight from schools within their area.
The link below will tell you more about the National Child Measurement Programme. and there is a variety of information and resources which can help address concerns you may have about your child's health and fitness.
Keeping your child healthy