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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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Reading with Mr. Bob!

Before arrivals even begin, the children who participate in early day activities are abuzz, knowing that today is Wednesday and Wednesday means Mr. Bob is coming. Mr. Bob, or Robert Kleinfelder is one of number of older adults from the local retirement community who are senior volunteers in Seton Montessori School, Illinois, United States. Read Head of School, Jennifer Nolan’s blog about the experience here. >> Read more

Sustainable Skills Cafés: Older residents demonstrate traditional skills to young children

Diane Boyd, Senior Lecturer in Early Years at Liverpool John Moore’s University has been an advocate for education for sustainability in early childhood for many years.  In this blog post she describes an exciting new initiative she has started in Liverpool –intergenerational Sustainable Skills Cafés.  >> Read more

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Associazione 21 luglio

From the TOY for Inclusion project in Italy. Thanks to Associazione 21 luglio! #toy4incl

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TOY publication: how intergenerational learning projects can preserve and transform cultural heritage - ToyProject.net

We are very proud of our latest TOY publication: a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Public Heritage Theory and Practice about how intergenerational..

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TOY online course on intergenerational learning for practitioners

Exciting news: the piloting of the TOY online course ‘Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach‘ has started this week! We are..

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Not much to celebrate: Roma children’s discrimination starts early in life - ToyProject.net

Today, 8th April, is International Roma Day. We still have a long way to go to end Roma's discrimination

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Exploring new frontiers of ageing in Dublin - ToyProject.net

Very proud of our TOY-PLUS partners Carmel Gallagher, Anne Fitzpatrick and Vicki Titterington who were speaking at the International Age-friendly..

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