Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP provides information to help build an understanding of national and local trends in child weight. The information is used within the local authority and NHS to help plan the services that support healthy weight and lifestyles in the area.
For more information go to: Somerset NCMP
The Children and Families Act in 2014 placed a legal duty on all state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools, to offer a free school lunch to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014. The Government made this decision because a good lunch makes an enormous difference to children’s health, development and ability to learn. It is also important that children develop good healthy eating habits to combat the rising problem of childhood obesity.
Somerset Public Health has produced a leaflet for parents of children entering Reception which provides information and encouragement to take up the free meal offer. The leaflet also acts as a mechanism for registering parents who have access to Free School Meal Entitlement (FSME) which triggers pupil premium funding for schools. To download a copy of the leaflet go to:Somerset Universal_Infant_Free_School_Meals