What is the B4 School Check?
The B4 School Check is FREE for every 4 year old child in New
Zealand, and is the last Well Child check.
It's a good idea for your child to have their B4 School Check
soon after their 4th birthday. That leaves enough time to
follow up before they start school.
It is a chance to have your child's health and development
checked before they start school.
The Check is an opportunity for you to talk with a nurse about
your child and ask about things important to you - and it won't
cost you a thing. Your child will also have their vision and
After the check, you can get a copy of the results. See how to
get make an appointment below.
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What happens in the B4 School Check?
You will be asked to fill in questionnaires about your child's
development and wellbeing.
If you child attends a preschool, kindergarten or kohanga reo,
they will also be asked about your child's learning and
You and your child will have about a 45 minute appointment with
a nurse. You will be able to talk with the nurse about your
child's wellbeing and can ask about anything that is worrying
The nurse will talk to you about:-
- Your child's health and development, teeth, height, weight,
social and emotional wellbeing, and immunisations.
- Your child's vision and hearing will be assessed by a vision
and hearing technician, so this may happen at a different
What happens after the B4 School Check?
After the check you can get a copy of the results, and ask any
further questions about your child's health and development.
Please bring along your child's Well Child Tamariki Ora Health
Book, so the nurse can record your child's growth and
development. If you or the nurse thinks your child has any
health or development issues that need further assessment, the
nurse will discuss this with you and offer to refer you to other
services that may help. The nurse can also help if your child
needs any catch up immunisations.
How does my child get a B4 School Check?
Your child's B4 School Check is due when they turn 4. To
find out more or to book a check contact your local provider.
Who are doing the B4 School Checks in the Bay of
For an appointment phone:
- Eastern Bay of Plenty Plunket: 07 308
- Eastern Bay of Plenty Community Child and Youth Health
Services: 07 306 3181
- Western Bay of Plenty Plunket: Phone 07
- Western Bay of Plenty Community Child and Youth
Health Service: 07 577 3307
- Te Manu Toroa: 07 577 4182
B4 School Check Coordinator
Bay Of Plenty District Health Board
07 577 3329 or 021 241 6837
Talk to your family doctor or nurse, Well Child Tamariki Ora
provider or public health nurse or call 0800 933 922.
For more information visit: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/child-health/b4-school-check
February 23, 2017