School Nurses

School Nursing Teams and BiB Clinical Researchers working together to collect measurements 2017-2020

What is Being Studied?

Over the last three consecutive school years since September 2015 to 2017 the school nursing team have collected some important measurements from BiB children in year 3. They repeated some of the measurements that were taken when BiB children were born and when they were in their school Reception year. BiB has used these to compare and monitor growth and development of children taking part in the study. In 2017, some new measures were introduced including physical activity recording and blood samples, as well as all the measures we have collected previously. From 2017-2020 we are inviting all children in years 4, 5 and 6 who are in the BiB study and have not already had the new measurements taken, to have a physical activity monitor and a blood sample so that we can understand more about how children grow and staying healthy.

What We Are Doing

We would like to measure your child’s physical activity, how long they spend sitting or lying down, and their sleep. This will help us to understand how these things affect children’s health.

With your consent we would like to also take a blood sample.

Some factors that can affect your child’s growth and health can only be measured in blood, such as their blood sugar (glucose), fats (such as cholesterol) and proteins. The sample will be taken in school with a member of the school nursing team and someone from the BiB research team present.

We will also be taking your child’s height, weight, bioimpedance, skinfold and blood pressure measures at the same time, just as we have done in previous years. All parents who have a child in the BiB study will receive an information leaflet and a consent form with a return envelope. If you are happy for your child to have the measurement please send the form back to us

If you would like to find out more about the study please contact the study team on 01274 364474