Taranaki ahead in B4 School

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013

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Taranaki is ahead of Ministry of Health targets for giving 4-year-olds their before school check-ups.

The B4 School Check covers, among other things, vision and hearing, so the children were in good shape to start school, Taranaki DHB regional screening unit manager Christine Scott said.

The ministry expected 90 per cent of children to be tested in a 12-month period, a target Taranaki exceeded last year. The screening unit has a really good relationship with the community, she said.

This year, which started on July 1, 47 per cent of children, and 49 per cent of high needs youngsters, had been checked - the ministry target was 40 per cent.

In total 698 4-year-olds had been checked; of those 118 were high-deprivation children.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said, "By . . . identifying how kids are doing before they enter school, we can make sure that they get the help they need to participate to their full ability."

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