Issue nr. 13 - 06/12/2018

TOY continues to reach new audiences and inspire new intergenerational initiatives, which are having a positive impact on children, families and communities.  In this newsletter we have news about the first edition of the TOY Online Course; an award for TOY for Inclusion, three new resources and more.

Latest News

The 1st edition of the TOY Online Course was a success!

300 learners from all parts of the world participated in the very successful 1st edition of the TOY Online Course for intergenerational learning, which took place between 15 October and 25 November 2018. The participants were very positive about the difference the Course has made for them. Here is a flavour of their feedback:

"I have enjoyed the mix of reading, watching and interactive learning materials and also got good understanding and ideas from taking part and reading in the forum discussions". 

"The TOY course has been enlightening.  It has given me ideas how I can begin to bring some IG projects to life in my preschool and convinced me that this might be more achievable than I had at first realised".

"I really enjoyed this course, from start to finish it was very interesting and inspiring. I highly recommend this course and look forward to where it will now lead me". 

Would you have liked to have taken the course, but you were not able to? No problem: there will be another edition of the TOY Online Course taking place between 4 March to 14 April 2019.

No previous knowledge of intergenerational learning is required to participate. Registration is possible from 4 February 2019. For more information, click here.

TOY-PLUS is coordinated by ICDI  and is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme


TOY for Inclusion International Event

An international event held by TOY for Inclusion in the city of Gent, Belgium on 19 November 2019 shared achievements and lessons learned over the past two years in the seven European countries involved in the project. The event was organized by VBJK and Municipality of Ghent, in collaboration with ICDI and ISSA.

The TOY for Inclusion project (2017 – 2019) aims to improve the transition experience of vulnerable children to schools by offering an innovative response to discrimination. It is doing so by creating community based non formal ECEC Play Hubs.

 A Play Hub is:

• a space where children and their families of all ages are welcomed to play games with each other;

• where they can meet with other (grand)parents with different backgrounds and take part in creative and social activities;

• where (grand)parents can easily access  information about childrearing, health, early learning and development.

So far, nine ECEC Play Hubs for young children in seven EU countries (Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and Slovakia) have been created. 

Thanks to the work of local communities and professionals, the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs have become the gateway to kindergarten and school for many Romani children.

We are happy to announce that TOY for Inclusion has received extra funding from the European Commission that will allow the opening of more Play Hubs in 2019-2021: TOY to Share, Play to Care

TOY for Inclusion is coordinated by ICDI and funded by DG Justice – European Commission and Open Society Foundations (OSF)

New publications

Three new TOY related resources have been published: the TOY for Quality Programme Guidelines; the TOY Course Handbook for tutors and course developers, and the TOY for Inclusion What Works Guide.

TOY for Quality Programme Guidelines

The TOY for Quality Programme supports services to measure and improve the quality of intergenerational learning practice. TOY for Quality is informed by the TOY Goals and based on research conducted as part of TOY since 2012.

The TOY for Quality Programme also:

• provides organisations with a method to enhance planning in the field of Intergenerational Learning;

• raises awareness at the local and national level about Intergenerational Learning as an area of professional and social action.

The TOY for Quality Programme was developed and piloted by TOY-PLUS partners. In October and November 2018 all partners organized TOY events in their own countries to share good practice in IGL and explain how the TOY for Quality Programme works. Here is an endorsement from prof. Anna Soldevila - Doctor in Psychopedagogy and member of the research group on emotional education and educational gerontology. University of Lleida.:

"It is necessary to give more status and recognition to social projects, especially to IGL projects and the best way to do this is to systematize quality tools, such as the TOY for Quality tool".

Click here for the TOY for Quality Guidelines.


TOY Course Handbook

This Handbook describes how the TOY Online Course was developed, its underpinning principles, the course structure and features, and a summary of the course content.

It is intended as a resource for tutors in Adult Education, or in colleges of Further or Higher Education who are supporting groups of learners following the TOY Course.

It’s also useful for:

• tutors and course developers who wish to include IGL in their pre-service training, or who wish to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) course focusing on IGL;

• any individual, team or organisation wishing to develop a course which combines face-to-face workshops with online learning for other areas of social and educational practice.


TOY for Inclusion: What Works Guide

The TOY for Inclusion What Works Guide documents the promising practices of the ECEC Play Hubs, which support the integration of Roma young children and their families at local level. The practices and recommendations, which are intended for practitioners and local authorities, are based on the evidence from the TOY for Inclusion project.

The Guide also provides local, national and EU policy makers with guidelines on how to use social and economic solidarity between cultures and generations to promote desegregation and inclusion in education and in communities.

The Guide is currently available in English and Dutch and it will soon be available in Croatian, Hungarian, Latvian, Slovakian and Slovenian.

 To download the Guide click here.

TOY Blog

The Tokyo playpark: a landscape for all ages

Two new blog posts have recently been published.

Outdoor environments enrich neighbourhoods

The first comes from a research team at the University of Tokyo and describes how outdoor environments in early years settings can be spaces of intergenerational play and learning.  

Read more

'If you can talk, you can sing'

Last week we published a blog post about ‘Choir of Ages or ‘Ceol le Cheile’, an intergenerational choir in Donegal, in the north west of Ireland.  The choir is part of Donegal County Council’s Age Friendly Programme, and was founded by Mairead Cranley from Donegal County Council, who also wrote the blog post.

Read more

Upcoming Events

Bridging the Generations, Oregon, 12 June 2019

Bridging the Generations, Generations United's 20th Biennial Global Intergenerational Conference, which is co-hosted by Bridge Meadows takes place in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A from 12 to 14 June 2019.

More information about the conference- including registration, hotel, and travel arrangements- is available at


95-year-old teacher: an IGL programme from Seattle (U.S.)

ISSA Conference: Nurturing environments, the Netherlands,18th June


Nurturing Environment for the Wellbeing of Young Children and their Families is the theme of ISSA’s 2019 Conference, which takes place on 18 and 19 June 2019 in Leiden. TOY-PLUS and TOY for Inclusion partners will be participating in the Conference.

More information about the conference – including pre-conference events and site visits to services for young children here.


TOY for Inclusion wins the Lifelong Learning Awards!

We are delighted to share the good news that TOY for Inclusion has been awarded a Lifelong Long Award. This award celebrates creative and inclusive lifelong learning practices to inspire new practices and policies. TOY for Inclusion won the award in the category ‘Learning Environments’.

On 3 December, Giulia Cortellesi (ICDI) and Federico Lanzo (ISSA) accepted the award on behalf of the TOY for Inclusion partnership.

For more information see here.


On the TOY website we commit to provide current and ground-making news, research and developments about the world of intergenerational learning involving young children and older adults. If you have a news item you would like to share with us, please contact us at: 

International Child Development Initatives- ICDI

Margaret Kernan and Giulia Cortellesi 

Together Old and Young will build age friendly communities