21 Apr 2009

School checks of children off to slow start

12:31 pm on 21 April 2009

A nationwide screening programme designed to detect health problems in children has got off to a slow start.

Less than 10% of eligible four year olds have so far received the comprehensive "B4" school check which picks up problems in a bid to help children get the most out of school.

The checks started in September. So far, just over 4500 children have been seen, out of 50,000 four year olds.

However, initial feedback suggests the checks are working, with 10% - 20% of children found to have missed vaccinations and dental checkups.