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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



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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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Pakistan, a country without homes for older people

Saleem Malik, a human rights activist in Pakistan makes the case for grandchildren and grandparents living close to each other and caring for each other. >> Read more


Innovative intergenerational care in Fujisawa, Japan

ICDI partners with Leiden University’s School of Asian Studies in the latest TOY blogpost.  It is written by Jos Schouwstra, who this month headed off to Japan to begin her research as part of her Masters in Asian Studies. >> Read more

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Age diversity for social cohesion

Samuel Williams, Landscape Architect: "Interaction between age groups is vital to our collective sense of wellbeing. Examples that encourage..

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How boisterous four-year-olds could transform Britain's care industry

Great example of intergenerational learning in the UK! Ten elderly volunteers, all residents of a retirement home, are introduced to ten lively..

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BBC Family & Education News

This is a great initiative, the first step in intergenerational learning is bringing generations together

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Toy for Inclusion · REYN

Our partner REYN - Romani Early Years Network has a really nice new website...have a look!

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ICDI-colleagues presenting 'Together Old and Young' in Oxford!

'Together Old and Young reinventing community', we presented a paper in Oxford!

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