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B4 School Checks

The B4 School Check is a free, nationwide health check for all four year olds. 

It aims to promote health and wellbeing, and identify behavioural, developmental or other health concerns that may affect the child's ability to learn at school.

The check helps ensure that children starting school are able to participate to the best of their ability, and that they receive additional support if needed.   

What does the check cover?

The B4 School Check is a health check and discussion between a nurse, the child and the parents or caregivers. The check includes:

  • general questions on the child's health and development

  • an assessment of the child's social and emotional strengths and difficulties, your child's teacher will be asked to contribute to this

  • assessing the child's hearing, vision, oral  health, height and weight

  • reviewing the child's immunisation status

  • storage of the check results in the national B4 School Check information system.

It is ideal to have your child checked when they turn four years old, so any additional support can be arranged before the child reaches school.

How can parents get their child checked?

Every district health board (DHB) offers the B4 School Check in a different way.  Your local DHB website has more information:

Use the medical centre search on this website to find the contact details for your medical centre.

Latest newsletter

Read the latest B4SC newsletter here.

Education links and resources

B4SC information, resources and referrals.

B4SC nurse champion meetings

A B4SC nurse champion meeting was held in Hamilton on Thursday 21 February.  We had a great evening reviewing all things B4SCs. See the presentation used on the night and the notes from the discussion points here. If you have anything you would like to add or contribute to the discussion questions within the presentation, or the education ideas please email Michelle Morley, B4 School Nurse Coordinator.

Another meeting is planned for Thames on the 19 March, 12.30-2.00pm.  A final meeting will occur in Te Kuiti in April - date to be finalised. If you are the nurse champion for B4SC and would like to attend the Thames or Te Kuiti meetings, please contact Michelle.  

If you have any B4 School queries

Contact our child health clinical services manager Maria Warren by emailing or calling 027 665 5515 / 0800 192 192.

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