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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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TOY recognised at the General Assembly of Spain’s Education Cities - ToyProject.net

Aim of the TOY programme is to improve the solidarity among generations. Another aim is to improve the quality of intergenerational activities..

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Sustainable Skills Cafés: Older residents demonstrate traditional skills to young children - ToyProject.net

"As a consequence of working and sharing together in the café activities, perceived differences across generations and genders and stereotypes..

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Viganò: scambio generazionale tra anziani e bambini grazie al progetto TOY della RSA

Generational exchange between older people and children thanks to the TOY project - nice article about TOY (in Italian...)

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TOY Newsletter #11

The latest TOY newsletter is out!

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Children and Seniors Get Inspired Together at a New Kind of Day Care

What a great example of intergenerational learning!

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