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Physical and mental health for young children
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4.1 Identifying key dates

Planning the timeline for the ‘life’ of the chosen health promotion intervention will be helpful to ensure that the research goes to plan and that the aims are met. During the pilot research, the practitioners drew up a timetable of dates of the key dates.

Table 5 lists the key dates for you to decide.

Table 5 Timeline for the Health Promotion intervention
Steps Key Dates Comment
Step 1: Early childhood health profile:        
Step 2: Early childhood health promotion tool        
Step 3: Illustrative diagram of the aim and drivers for the intervention        
Step 4: Mid-way progress        
Step 5: Evaluation of HP intervention        

As part of the planning process, the practitioners decided on activities and events aimed at working with all colleagues, the families and the children to put the intervention into practice. How they did this, and examples of activities are discussed in Session 7.

Having planned dates and events and then having moved on to implement the health promotion intervention, it’s a good idea to take stock, to stop and reflect on what is going well, identify anything that needs changing. For this reason, Step 4 is a series of questions that have been designed to review progress mid-way through.