TOY online course


Are you interested in bringing older adults and young children together to share knowledge, skills, values and have fun? If yes, then the TOY online course “Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach” is what you are looking for!

The next edition of the TOY Online Course will start on 5 October 2020. Registration is now closed. 

What will you learn?

Through this online course you will learn about intergenerational practice with young children (0 – 8 years old) and older adults (65+ years old) and you will discover practical ways to create opportunities for good quality and sustainable intergenerational learning activities.

Who is this course for?

This online course is designed for anyone who wishes to participate in continuing professional development in intergenerational learning. There is no requirement for prior knowledge or experience in this area of practice.

The course is relevant for early childhood education and care practitioners, primary school teachers (working with 4 to 8 year-olds), social care practitioners and volunteers working with older adults and community development workers.

What are the learning objectives?

  1. Understand the concept of intergenerational learning.
  2. Be able to outline the benefits of bringing different generations together especially young children and older adults in a meaningful way.
  3. Realise how intergenerational learning can be applied within a wide range of contexts and settings.
  4. Plan and take steps towards implementing an intergenerational learning activity involving young children and older people.
  5. Become familiar with tools and techniques used to facilitate qualitative and sustainable intergenerational activities

Structure of the course

The online course is free and is offered in English. It consists of four weekly Modules containing videos, articles, self-assessment activities, discussion forums, quizzes and games. Each Module requires approximately 6 hours study. On successful completion of the course you can upgrade your account at a cost of 50 Euro to receive the TOY Certificate of Achievement and have unlimited access to the course contents beyond the 5-week open period.

More information can be found at this link

How can you participate?

Registration for the TOY Course starting on 5 October 2020 is now closed.