Healthy weight in childhood

Free support to Reception and Year 6 children and their families, focusing on healthy weight education and lifestyle changes, with weekly topics ranging from the Eatwell guide to portion sizes and physical activity.

Starting Well Programme

Our Starting Well programme is for children in Reception and Year 6 living in Northumberland and their families who have recently had a weight and height check at school as part of the National Child Measurement Programme and been offered additional support.

It is sometimes difficult to know if your child is overweight and the results can be surprising to hear, but there is lots of help and support available to get you back to a healthy weight with a few simple changes.    

If you would like to know more, please contact, someone will get back to you within two working days. 

Starting Well programme details 

The Starting Well programme offers one-to-one support from one of our team who will help you to make lifestyle changes around eating well and moving more. 

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11) across England. 

This programme helps to assess the number of children who are within the healthy weight range during primary school and moving into high school. 

Across Northumberland, results from NCMP are passed to the Public Health Team at Northumberland County Council who can support families around how to ensure children’s weight is in line with where it should be for their age.  

Northumberland County Council offer this service free to families.    

Each week you will focus on a different topic to support you to make small changes to help your child and family make healthier choices in the future.  

  • Week 1 - The Eatwell guide  

  • Week 2 - Fats and sugars  

  • Week 3 - Portion size/healthy snacks  

  • Week 4 - Food labelling/physical activity  

A celebration event will be held after the completion of the programme. 

Meet the Starting well team 

    Jane Elliott - A white women with blondish hair    
Jane Elliott - health improvement practitioner specialist 

    Katherine Beavers - A white women with brown hair and a nose piercing.    
Katherine Beavers - senior health trainer        

Want to know more? 

More information can be found on the following external websites: 

What can I do if I am concerned about my child’s weight? 

If your child is considered very overweight, you can access support from the Public Health Team at Northumberland County Council. Please contact the team at

If you are concerned about your child’s weight you can contact your school nurse or doctor for further advice and support on how to help your child achieve and maintain a healthier weight. 

For further information please see the NCMP Pre-measurement leaflet for parents: School height and weight measurements