We are excited to announce that starting in January 2019; the Children’s Health 0-19 Service will be offering hearing and vision screening to all reception-aged children (4-5 years) who attend schools in Newham where we are already providing a service. This is in addition to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) where all reception-aged children’s growth is measured. For more information about the NCMP, see below. The programme will be delivered in line with national guidance and clear referral pathways have been agreed with our local partners in health to ensure a seamless approach for those children who are identified as requiring specialist support. Please find below the information sent to all schools with a reception-aged cohort and the reception screening leaflet for parents. For further information please contact the School Health Service on 0203 373 3034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Child Measurement Programme
What happens in the child measurement programme?
If you have a child in Reception (ages four and five) or Year Six (ages 10 and 11), you will receive a letter from us before your child is measured. On the day, trained staff will weigh your child and measure their height, in their clothes at school. They'll ensure the measurements are done sensitively and in private, and your child's results will not be shared with teachers or other children.
Why is it important that my child is measured?
This will tell you if your child is in the healthy weight range. If your child is overweight, you can get support from the school health team or local NHS services. Your child doesn't have to take part, but every child measured is contributing to the national picture about how children are growing. The more children who participate, the clearer that picture will be. The information collected helps your local NHS to plan and provide better health services for the children in your area.
How do I find out my child's results?
Parents will automatically be sent their child's results in the post. The letter sent by your local provider before the measurements take place will explain how you will be informed about your child's results. you're concerned that your child might be underweight or overweight, speak to your GP, school nurse, who can offer advice and support.
School Entry Health Assessment
Now that your child is about to begin school, we would like to work with you to understand your child's health needs. We can then identify any issues your child may have that will impact on their health and enjoyment at school. We work closely with the school to provide health advice when needed.
Part of the assessment includes a routine review of their growth, vision and hearing. This is usually undertaken by a member of the school health team. If necessary a member of the school health team will be readily available to offer more in depth support.
If you require more information please contact us through the school health email.
The Healthy Child Programme
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