Child health

Good child health is important not only for children and families now, but also for good health later in adulthood.

A number of the risk factors for many adult diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some mental health conditions such as depression, arise in childhood. Child health, development and wellbeing also has broader effects on educational achievement, violence, crime and unemployment.

This section provides information for child health service providers to help support their care of children/tamariki.

In this section

  • The B4 School Check is a free health and development check for 4 to 5 year-olds. It’s part of the Well Child Tamariki Ora schedule of services. Read more
  • Following a Ministry of Health assessment and consultation programme, from 1 July 2016 tests for colour vision deficiency will no longer form part of the 11–12-year-old school-based checks.  Read more
  • Fruit in Schools encourages children to eat more fruit and vegetables and to adopt healthier lifestyles. Through this programme, the Ministry is aiming for a jump-start to healthy eating and lifestyle choices by reaching children in regions of high social and health need. Read more
  • Health Promoting Schools involves the whole school community working together to address the health and wellbeing of students, staff and their community. Read more
  • Chart showing the core publicly funded health services available to New Zealand families from preconception to six years of age. Read more
  • Documents published by the Ministry on child health in New Zealand. Read more
  • The Well Child Tamariki Ora programme is a series of health assessments and support services for children and their whānau from birth to five years. It is an important gateway for whānau to access primary and specialist health care, education and social supports. Read more
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