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Health screening

The Kent School Health Team assess the health and development of children and young people aged five to 19 as they go through school. These assessments help highlight anything that may affect your child's chances of living a healthy life and achieving their full potential.

Reception-aged children are usually offered three health screening checks for vision, hearing and height and weight to make sure any problems are picked up early.

You can opt your child out of taking part in these screening programmes if you wish using our online form.

For families who might need further support

  • Children with learning disabilities are more at risk of having problems and may be less likely to be able to communicate them, so regular vision and hearing checks are essential. Speak to your child’s GP or specialist to make sure they are receiving these.
  • See Ability has some more useful resources for your family on eye tests and glasses.
  • Download the Parents’ guide to hearing care for children with a learning disability, autism or both.
  • Email the Screening Team on if you have any queries.