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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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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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TOY on Irish national television, an article from DIT

TOY on Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, with a piece written by Carmel Gallagher and Anne Fitzpatrick from Dublin Istitute of Technology. http://www.toyproject.net/news/toy-irish-national-television/

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TOY workshop in Leiden (NL) on 20 September - ToyProject.net

Workshop voor professionals die met jonge kinderen of ouderen werken JONG EN OUD LEREN SAMEN. JOUW ORGANISATIE OOK? 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 van 15:00..

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About 1000 delegates from 62 countries attended the 28th EECERA Annual Conference in Budapest last week. ICDI’s Margaret Kernan was there as..

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Register now for our online course on intergenerational learning!

Do you work in children education and care? Are you interested in bringing older adults and young children together to share knowledge, skills,..

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REYN - Romani Early Years Network

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