TOY for Inclusion presented at the ISSA pre-conference workshop

June 17, 2019 |

Today, 20 ECEC experts from 15 countries took part in the ISSA pre-conference workshop titled ‘From Hard to Reach Families to Easy to Reach Services’, co-organised by ICDI and JES Rijnland.

Increasing accessibility to services to support all families with young children and especially vulnerable ones, is a pillar of inclusive and universal high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). This is still a challenge in many contexts. During the workshop we presented, explored and discussed some very promising practices that were successful in increasing accessibility and inclusiveness.

The focus was on two pioneering approaches to work with families with young children, and especially those who may be marginalised, that have proven effective in:

  • building bridges between families and ECEC services;
  • building trust between families of different backgrounds;
  • supporting interaction and learning across all generations including older adults in the community;
  • providing a community space for inter-agency cooperation between early years services.

The first approach presented ws the ‘VVV- approach’, developed by JES Rijnland to reach out, find the family’s, help them to ask the questions they have about parenthood and connect them with the right programme’s or organisations.

The second one was the award-winning TOY for Inclusion approach, developed by ICDI in collaboration ISSA and ISSA members. This is designed to promote access to non-formal and inclusive ECEC services, the ECEC Play Hubs, for children with a migrant and minority background through play and intergenerational learning. The TOY for Inclusion partners from Hungary and Slovenia shared their experiences of setting up and running their Play Hubs as well as the stories of the children and families who attend the Hubs.

If you are interested to know more about TOY for Inclusion, watch this video and visit our website.

Intergenerational experiment reaches Dutch television

April 18, 2019 |

The Dutch version of the intergenerational experiment titled ‘Old Peoples Home for 4-Year-Olds’ is currently being broadcast on the Dutch national TV station NPO 1. The 4-part documentary series is called ‘Kleuters Tegen Kwalen’ or Toddlers preventing illness is following the same format as the original Channel 4 series which was a TV sensation in the UK in 2018.

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TOY for Inclusion features on European Commission newsletter

April 5, 2019 |

The TOY for Inclusion project was chosen by DG Justice (Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme) as one of the two best practice project to be highlighted in their first ever newsletter.

It’s four thousand the total number of children involved in the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs throughout Europe so far. In the next two years, TOY for Inclusion will open eight new Play Hubs and expand to two new countries.


Young and old defy loneliness in violent Rio favela

March 8, 2019 |
As part of their Crossing Divides season, BBC News yesterday broadcast this 3-minute film about the power of contact between young children and older adults in the harsh environment of the City of God favela in Rio de Janeiro.  View and be inspired!

Register now for the TOY Online Course that starts on 4th March

February 4, 2019 |

We are happy to open the registrations for the new edition of the TOY Online Course.

After the very successful first edition of the course at the end of 2018, which saw the participation of hundreds of learners from all around the world, the new course will start on 4 March 2019.

Click here to register.

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