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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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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

If you are interested in inclusive early childhood care and education for Roma children, you cannot miss this publication!✨

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Enriching children's experiences with intergenerational contact from their neighbourhoods - ToyProject.net

"Outdoor environments of early childhood care and education settings have the potential of bringing young children in touch with their neighbourhoods...

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

We are very grateful for the powerful and supportive words that the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland (former Prime..

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