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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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The Tokyo playpark: a landscape for all ages

As part of their project “Moving Together – on the inclusion of elderly in the public space”, Danish architects Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena paid a visit to the so-called Tokyo Playparks, where intergenerational encounters take place on an informal basis. Read their reflections in this blogpost.

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Reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common

“I’d sincerely wish I could go back to school -I think that I would fit somewhere in eighth grade”- some reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common by ICDI‘s Nico van Oudenhoven.

Novelist Ursula Le Guin died on 22 January this year, at the age of 89 years. A long life, but her ideas are bound to live much, much longer.

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The TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs for Roma and non-Roma children are a powerful integration infrastructure at the local level. We have released..

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Register now to the TOY for Inclusion event! | REYN

Register for the TOY for Inclusion event in Ghent - Belgium on November the 19th! The programme is now available. For more information check..

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Intergenerational social experiences on TV

Also in Spain a TV programme disseminates good practices for intergenerational projects. Read this article from Cláudia Azevedo (Research Fellow..

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Together Old & Young: Intergenerational learning between elders and children

Our Greek TOY partner, Hellenic Open University, presented the TOY online course and Quality programme to Greek early childhood and social care..

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

Read the story of our TOY for Inclusion Play Hub in Belgium

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