Checks before school give kids a head start
More families are making use of free B4 School Checks.
Nearly 80 per cent of 4-yearolds received a B4 School Check last year – an increase of around 30 per cent on previous years.
Plunket clinical adviser Sandra Innes says the B4 School Check ensures all children get the best possible start to their school life.
‘‘It’s an opportunity to help families spot any issues that might impact their child’s ability to learn when they start school.
‘‘Things such as hearing, eyesight, behavioural and physical development are all assessed,’’ Ms Innes says. If any issues are identified children can be referred to a GP, specialist or other services.
B4 School is the last check within the free Well Child framework which provides for 12 core health assessments up to the age of 5.
But a lot of families are still unaware of the free health checks for their children, Ms Innes says.
‘‘Even if you’ve missed a few visits it’s never too late to start.
‘‘Plunket encourages all parents and caregivers to make contact with a Well Child provider and give their child the best start in life.’’