Issue nr. 22 - 15/02/2022

Like many organisations and programmes, TOY has experienced a kind of forced hibernation these past two COVID pandemic years. It has been a time to dig deep, regroup and (re)discover what is important in life. We are delighted to share the news that the ever- popular TOY Online Course restarts on 28 February. This newsletter also has information about new PhD research about intergenerational learning. In the events section, you can find out more about the Global Intergenerational Week in April and how you can get involved.

Latest News

Register now for the TOY Online Course

In order to keep the TOY Online Course about intergenerational learning accessible to as many people and organisations as possible, we have decided to maintain the ever-popular 4-module self-paced 5-week Course for 2022. 

The course, which is free, will take place between 28 February and 3 April 2022. Through this course you will learn about intergenerational practice and discover practical ways to create opportunities for intergenerational learning involving children aged 0 to 10 years and older adults.

Register here and join the 100+ learners who have already registered.

Important: Registration will close on Thursday, 24 February 2022.

The course is hosted by Hellenic Open University 


IGL as a pedagogical strategy in ECE: PhD research

Researching and generating new knowledge about intergenerational learning (IGL) involving young children and older adults has been an important part of the mission of the TOY Project since it began 10 years ago.

For the past 5 years Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick, one of the TOY Online Course tutors, has focused her attention on researching IGL as a pedagogical strategy in early childhood education (ECE).

Last month Anne was our featured blogpost author and she wrote about some of the most important findings and insights from her research.

You can read her blog here. It’s also possible to have free access to the complete PhD thesis here – recommended reading. 

We congratulate Anne on this wonderful achievement.

Upcoming Events

Global Intergenerational Week, 25 April 1 May 2022

TOY is delighted to be a supporter of the Global Intergenerational Week, which takes place from Monday 25th April to Sunday 1st May 2022. The global campaign is being coordinated by Generations Working Together (Scotland) in partnership with Linking Generations Northern Ireland, The Beth Johnson Foundation (England), and Bridging the Generations (Wales).

The aim of the week is to inspire people around the world to start or restart intergenerational connections. This is a global event and individuals or organisations in any country can register to become a supporter.

On the dedicated IG week webpage you can read more about the themes for the week and how you can register to become a supporter and get involved.


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: 

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