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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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Intergenerational learning in public space: promoting young children’s citizenship

Read Tim Waller’s blog about the BRIC project designed to promote community engagement with young children in public space in England, Italy and Sweden. 
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Is there a tendency to privilege one generation in IG activities?

In August this year we posted a very upbeat news item on the TOY facebook about a Channel 4 documentary called Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.

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TOY for Inclusion and the EU debate on Roma Inclusion - ToyProject.net

Our project TOY for Inclusion seems to be tackling some very important issues related to Roma children’s access to early childhood education..

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Bristol crèche offers haven for refugee children

Having retired from a career as a filmmaker, 78-year-old Thomas now devotes much of his time to The Early Years Project – a crèche which opens..

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Old and Young share stories to keep history alive! – ToyProject.net

The intergenerational education project 'In my Neighborhood' In mijn Buurt, believes in keeping the history of a neighborhood alive by bringing..

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Grandparents are Important!

"Grandparents are important because...they play with us!" #intergenerationallearning

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Together Old and Young: intergenerational learning!

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