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Together Old and Young – TOY: young children and older adults learning together

The TOY project was initiated and is promoted by International Child Development Initiatives - ICDI.

The purpose of the TOY Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company.  We believe that this is more important than ever before across the world. People are living longer but older adults and young children are having less and less contact with each other. Parents and grandchildren are migrating to cities and countries far away from grandparents.  >> read more



Latest Publications

Latest TOY project publications

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Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills

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TOY for Inclusion

TOY for Inclusion: Community Based Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) for Roma Children

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How the TOY online course transformed our practice

The opportunity to participate in the TOY Online Course inspired Belfast Nursery Manager, Sharon Malcolm to transform the Nursery’s intergenerational experience from being a one-off visit for young children to a Care Home for older adults to being an integral part of the Nursery’s practice.  Read her blog post below.

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An intergenerational oral history project in Greece

“From one generation to the next”

Older peoples’ role as guardians of knowledge, traditions and skills is central in vibrant learning societies, and is recognised in one of the TOY Goals. Young children too have a role in preserving cultural histories.  In this blog post, Greek oral historian Kyriaki Fotiadou writes about a project, which connected young and old through an oral history journey.

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

Our #toyforinclusion kick-off meeting in Rome

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Associazione 21 luglio

We just launched the second phase of the #TOYforInclusion project with a very successful kick-off meeting in Rome. We are grateful to Associazione..

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Young and old defy loneliness in violent Rio favela - ToyProject.net

Watch this BBC video on the power of contact between young and old in a Rio favela http://www.toyproject.net/news/young-old-defy-loneliness-violent-rio-favela/

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TOY course online: intergenerational learning for practitioners

Today the second edition of the TOY online course has started: 160 learners are discovering the power of intergenerational practice and sharing..

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TOY course online: intergenerational learning for practitioners

Last chance to register for the TOY online course starting on 4 March. Already 135 people enrolled from all around the world... don't miss your..

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