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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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Innovative intergenerational care in Fujisawa, Japan

ICDI partners with Leiden University’s School of Asian Studies in the latest TOY blogpost.  It is written by Jos Schouwstra, who this month headed off to Japan to begin her research as part of her Masters in Asian Studies. >> Read more


Nurturing the deep roots of intergenerational relationships in everyday life, across the globe

This post, written by Shanti George, emphasizes how important it is to appreciate and nurture existing intergenerational connections, wherever they are able to persist >> Read more

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Innovative intergenerational care in Fujisawa, Japan – ToyProject.net

TOY just published a new blog post on an innovative intergenerational care facility in Japan. Do you know of any similar examples in other parts..

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Nurturing the deep roots of intergenerational relationships in everyday life, across the globe – ToyProject.net

A new blogpost from our TOY website! Intergenerational relationships across the globe: two vignettes from India and the Netherlands, written..

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BBC Radio Bristol

We really like the playful atmosphere in this care home when young children visit regularly. Young and old are clearly relaxed in each other's..

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Arup | Thoughts | Age diversity for social cohesion

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