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Coronavirus: latest information on our response, updates on our services and what support is available

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

In light of the national guidance concerning coronavirus and related school closures, all National Child Measurement programme activity and hearing and vision screening has been suspended until further notice. For the latest information and advice regarding coronavirus please visit the South Gloucestershire Council Coronavirus webpage or the NHS guidance

Each year primary school children in reception and year six have the opportunity to have their height and weight measured as part of this nationwide programme. The NCMP contributes towards the council and key services understanding the changing needs of children and to identify specific services and support required. All South Gloucestershire parents/carers will receive the results of their children’s height and weight. For more information please click on the link to the NHS website.

Understanding the measurements

To help understand whether your child is within a healthy weight range for their age and height and to see how they are growing over time, you can insert your children’s measurements (and the date these were taken) into the healthy weight calculator on the NHS Healthy choices website. For more information on the measurement process, please see this example of some frequently asked questions and comments.

Below are services available in South Gloucestershire to maintain a healthy and active life for you and your family.


Reach is a free and fun programme for families with a child or young person aged 4-16 years who is above a healthy weight. Two Reach groups are available: 4-11 years and 11+ years. The sessions are 1-1.5 hours long and usually run for 10 weeks at a leisure centre or other community setting (maximum 12 families per group). It is essential that at least one parent/carer attends a group with the child or young person; and the whole family are invited and encouraged to attend.

Open spaces

South Gloucestershire has a number of play areas and skate parks that include a range of facilities as well as plenty of opportunity to use up some energy.

Family activities

There are a number of family fun activities such as geocaching, bat walks and orienteering trails.

Further information

You may like to look at the below websites website for more information:

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