Healthy Children

Family connect button for health and wellbeing

Healthy Juniors

What is Healthy Juniors?

A free 10 week programme for four to seven year old children who are above a healthy weight for their age and height.

The Healthy Juniors programme is a fun, free family programme designed to help families make long term lifestyle changes.

Raising a child is really tough – we know that you as parents are the experts on your child and family. We won’t blame you for your child’s weight or criticise your parenting skills. Our weight management programme will support you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference to your child’s health.

Are you worried about your child’s weight?

Approximately 11% of school starter age children in Telford and Wrekin are classified as overweight for their age and height. Many of these children may not appear to be above a healthy weight to their parents, largely because it is more common to see overweight children than in previous generations. Obesity and excessive weight gain is treatable and preventable.

For more information and tips on raising a healthy family visit Change4Life.

What does the programme offer?

  • 10 weeks of group activities and individual family assessments
  • Free, fun physical activity classes
  • Weekly children’s activities, including games and crafts
  • Weekly practical parenting workshops
  • Lifestyle health advice, including healthy growth measurements.

If your family would like support with your child’s weight or eating habits, please contact the team. In special circumstances we can support your family by visiting you at home.

If you have any questions relating to our Healthy Juniors programme contact a member of the Healthy Families team on 01952 385465 or email

For eight to thirteen year olds

Healthy Kids

Nine week programme aimed at helping 8 to 13 year olds who are over a healthy weight for their height and age to make long term healthy lifestyle changes. Fun and practical sessions on exercise, nutrition and cooking healthy food.

Healthy Kids is about getting in shape and having fun.

Healthy kids is your chance to be part of an award winning healthy lifestyle programme for families in Telford and Wrekin.

This nine week programme is designed to help families with children aged 8 to 13 years old and over a healthy weight for their height to make long term lifestyle changes.

What can you expect?

  • Healthy eating workshops
  • Practical, realistic expert sessions
  • Free, fun, fitness sessions
  • Healthy eating cooking session
  • One-to-one time for you and your child with a Healthy Kids mentor.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Parents often cannot tell if their child is overweight (or underweight). Whatever their weight, it is important that children eat well and are active every day to develop a healthy body.

Weighing and measuring in schools

Every year, all children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the(NCMP). If you have a child in Year 6 you will receive a letter from Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust with more information about the programme and an opportunity to opt your child out of the measurements. If you have a child in Reception year, you will receive information about the NCMP and an opt-out form when your child has their school entry medical documentation.

What will happen when my child is weighed?

Trained staff from the School Nursing Service will carry out the measurements at school. They will take care to ensure that the measurements are done sensitively and in private, and your child’s results will not be shared with teachers or other children. Your child does not have to participate, but we urge you to encourage your child to take part.

Will I find out my child’s results and what will the results tell me?

Within six weeks of your child being measured, you will receive a letter from Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. The letter will tell you your child’s height and weight when they were measured and whether this means they are underweight, a healthy weight or overweight for their age, sex and height. The letter will include a leaflet on helping your family lead a healthy lifestyle and who to contact for further information.

What happens to the results?

Results from all schools in Telford will be gathered together and held securely by your local NHS and then sent to the Department of Health – but these will not include details that could identify your child, such as name or date of birth. The Department of Health will analyse this anonymous information to look at trends in children’s heights and weights across England. This information will then be used at a national level and in Telford to develop services to help people improve their own and their children’s health. If you are interested to see how Telford is doing in comparison with national figures, visit the NCMP website.

If you have any questions about the NCMP or would like to discuss your child’s results please contact the School Nurse team on 01952 621340.

Last updated: 26/02/2019 10:12