UK-WHO growth charts, 0-18 years

The College has produced a complete suite of charts for all uses ranging from child health surveillance to detailed monitoring of children with health problems. These are based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Child Growth Standards, which describe the optimal growth for healthy, breast fed children. In the UK, both paper and electronic charts are supplied by Harlow Printing Ltd.

Charts and resources

Early years charts - including:

  • 0-4 years
  • Neonatal and Infant Close Monitoring (NICM) (0-2 years)
  • Personal Child Health Record (PCHR), or 'red book', charts
  • Education and training materials

School age charts - including: 

  • 2-18 years
  • Childhood and Puberty Close Monitoring (CPCM) (2-20 years)
  • Down Syndrome (0-18 years)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) (2-20 years)
  • Personal Child Health Record (PCHR), or 'red book' charts
  • Education and training materials

Videos - for healthcare professionals on measuring weight, length / height and head circumference


The charts were developed as a project undertaken within the RCPCH Science and Research Department, Growth Charts Expert Working Group, led by Professor Charlotte Wright from the University of Glasgow and funded by the Department of Health.

Frequently asked questions

Terms and conditions of use

The charts can be freely downloaded under the following terms and conditions.

  • The charts must not be used for the purposes of advertising or promoting other products
  • RCPCH/WHO/Department of Health must be acknowledged as chart developers in any publications or products
  • 0-4 charts are copyright © 2009 Department of Health, this copyright notice should be reproduced on all copies
  • School age charts are copyright © 2012/13 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, this copyright notice should be reproduced on all copies
  • Users may not claim any IP rights over the materials or seek to restrict use of them by others
  • Anyone wishing to print the charts for commercial reasons should first contact RCPCH to discuss obtaining the relevant permissions
  • Any version printed for sale must adhere to the printing specification
  • Charts must be reproduced in whole without cropping or altering in any way.
  • Chart images (for inclusion in articles etc) may be cropped but should not otherwise be altered and should carry the notice 'Reproduced with permission of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health'. Please contact for further information

Access to UK 1990 data and UK-WHO composite data

  • The UK 1990 data are copyright to the UK Medical Research Council but will usually be made available without charge  on signing of a licence agreement
  • Please contact the Medical Reserach Council for further information.