National Child Measurement Programme

New NCMP 2013/14 data and resources

Headline report and data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre

New NCMP 2012/13 data and resources

Headline report and data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre

View NCMP data on the prevalence of child underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obesity for Local Authorities (LAs) in England

PowerPoint slide set presenting key data and information on child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics

NCMP Operational Guidance

This guidance advises local commissioners and providers of the NCMP on how the programme should be implemented. It defines the statutory surveillance components of the programme and also describes good practice in relation to the non-statutory elements. Any queries can be directed to PHE at

Background Information

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an important element of the Government’s work programme on child obesity, and is operated by Pubilc Health England and the Department of Health (DH). The NCMP was established in 2006.

Every year, as part of the NCMP, children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) have their height and weight measured during the school year to inform local planning and delivery of services for children; and gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity.

The NCMP also helps to increase public and professional understanding of weight issues in children and is a useful vehicle for engaging with children and families about healthy lifestyles and weight issues.

The Obesity Learning Centre website hosts a NCMP network area with information on the NCMP, latest news items, and links to resources. There are also discussion boards to post and discuss NCMP work. This network area is closed access; new users will need to register before accessing the resources.

Please send any queries regarding the NCMP that you would like to be answered by PHE to