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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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An intergenerational oral history project in Greece

“From one generation to the next”

Older peoples’ role as guardians of knowledge, traditions and skills is central in vibrant learning societies, and is recognised in one of the TOY Goals. Young children too have a role in preserving cultural histories.  In this blog post, Greek oral historian Kyriaki Fotiadou writes about a project, which connected young and old through an oral history journey.

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‘If you can talk you can sing’ – Donegal ‘Choir of Ages’ (Ireland)

‘If you can talk, you can sing!’ This is the motto of a new and innovative choir in Ireland that is doing a lot more than just creating a beautiful sound….

In a rural and sparsely populated area of north west Ireland, an intergenerational choir: ‘Choir of Ages’ or in the Irish language ‘Ceol le Cheile’ (Coming Together to Sing) has become a big success in the last year.

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TOY (Together Old and Young) Online Course | ISSA

Our friends at ISSA - International Step by Step Association are spreading the word. Register now for the new edition of the #TOY Course, starting..

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REYN Italia - La Rete per la prima infanzia rom

Watch now the short video about TOY for Inclusion that our Italian partner REYN Italia - La Rete per la prima infanzia rom Associazione 21 luglio..

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TOY for Inclusion mid-term results now available in seven languages | REYN

Read the TOY for Inclusion mid-term results and download our colourful posters!

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TOY course online: intergenerational learning for practitioners

The new edition of the TOY Online Course will start on March 4th! Hurry up and register to learn everything you need to know about intergenerational..

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"Who would have thought a 2 year old’s best friend would be a 92 year-old who also loves dinosaurs" | Early Childhood Ireland

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