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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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TOY for Inclusion

TOY for Inclusion: Community Based Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) for Roma Children

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TOY online course


Golden Age Park: Activating urban public space for IG engagement

by Claire Nelischer and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

During a sunny Saturday in February 2022, in the central city neighborhood of Westlake, Los Angeles, a quiet pocket park was transformed into a bustling intergenerational space for music, art, food, and community.

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Walkie talkies and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – maintaining IG friendships through COVID

One of our regular TOY blog contributors is Eilish Balfe, from Happy Days Early Years Service, Ireland. In this blog she describes the creative strategies the children and residents in the local nursing home have been using this past year to maintain their friendships.

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