Enriching children’s experiences with intergenerational contact from their neighbourhoods

November 8, 2018 |

“Outdoor environments of early childhood care and education (ECEC) settings have the potential of bringing young children in touch with their neighbourhoods.  If designed with this function in mind these can also become spaces of intergenerational play and learning”.

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The Tokyo playpark: a landscape for all ages

June 13, 2018 |

As part of their project “Moving Together – on the inclusion of elderly in the public space”, Danish architects Dominique Hauderowicz and Kristian Ly Serena paid a visit to the so-called Tokyo Playparks, where intergenerational encounters take place on an informal basis. Read their reflections in this blogpost.

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Reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common

May 1, 2018 | Nico van Oudenhoven

“I’d sincerely wish I could go back to school -I think that I would fit somewhere in eighth grade”- some reflections on ageing and what young children and older people have in common by ICDI‘s Nico van Oudenhoven.

Novelist Ursula Le Guin died on 22 January this year, at the age of 89 years. A long life, but her ideas are bound to live much, much longer.

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Reading with Mr. Bob!

March 12, 2018 | Jennifer Nolan

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

February 28, 2018 | Diane Boyd

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