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Are children already measured when they start school?

Yes they are, the school nursing service routinely measures children’s height and weight as part of the ‘school entry health check’ that is routinely completed sometime within the first two years at school, but until the introduction of the Child Measurement Programme, this was done in different ways and at slightly different age groups.

The Child Measurement Programme ensures that the way children are weighed and measured is the same across Wales.

The data collected will be used to compare how Welsh children are growing against the rest of the UK and other parts of Europe. It will also allow us to understand how children’s weight changes in early school years.