Before School Check Programme (B4SC)

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Rae Jones

B4SC Co-ordinator




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The B4 School Check is a free comprehensive health and development check for all 4 year olds. It aims to promote health and wellbeing and identify behavioural, developmental or other health concerns that may affect your child's ability to learn at school. Our aims is for tamariki to get the best start at school and to be able to participate to the best of their ability and recieve additional support if needed.

The Before School Check is carried out by a Registered Nurse. It takes about 45 minutes and covers the following:

  • General questions about your child's health and development
  • Assessment of social and emotional strengths and difficulties
  • Measurement of Height and Weight 
  • Vision and Hearing tests
  • Oral Health assessment
  • Review of Immunisation status
It is ideal to have your child checked when they turn 4 so any additional support can be arranged before your child starts school.

How to book a B4 School Check
To be eligible for a B4 School Check your child will be between 4-5 years old and reside in Northland.

If you would like to discuss or book an appointment, you can free phone 0800 24 24 325 for the Northland B4 School Check Coordinator or contact your Well Child/Tamariki Ora Provider:
  • Coast to Coast- 09 423 8086
  • Dargaville Te Ha- 09 439 3013
  • Otangarei Te Hau Awhiowhio- 09 437 3045
  • Ngati Hine (Whangarei)- 09 430 2386
  • Ngati Hine (North)- 0800 737 573
  • Broadway Health- 09 401 1556
  • Hokianga Health- 09 405 7709
  • Te Hiku Hauora- 09 408 4024
  • Whakawhiti Ora Pai- 09 409 7880

Other Important Numbers

  • Order B4 school check posters and pamphlets by contacting
  • Vision and Hearing Team 09 430 4100
  • Community Dental service information 0800 MYTEETH