Why are our most vulnerable children not taking part in the New Zealand Before School Check?
Growing Up in New Zealand
The Before School Check (B4SC) is a nationwide NZ programme offering a free health and development check for 4-year-olds; it is the 12th core contact of the Well Child Tamariki Ora Schedule of services. Assessments are carried out on child health, vision, hearing, growth, dental health, immunisation, development and behaviour. The Ministry of Health reports that around 10% of eligible children do not receive a B4SC. This project aims to use Growing Up in New Zealand to identify who these children are and determine barriers to and facilitators of access to the B4SC.