Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills

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TOY-PLUS is the natural follow-up to all the research and practice carried out during the past four years by the TOY partners. We identified the lack of training opportunities and adequate knowledge about intergenerational learning principles and practice as a major gap to ensure the implementation of meaningful and quality intergenerational experiences between young children and older people.

The project TOY-PLUS closes this gap.

TOY-PLUS is funded by the Erasmus Plus programme – Adult Education (KA2) and is running from 2016 to 2018.



The impact of TOY-PLUS will be that ECEC and Social Care practitioners will develop skills and competences to deliver successful IGL activities involving young children and older adults, paying particular attention to social integration and intercultural dialogue. The TOY-PLUS MOOC, designed to reach hundreds of practitioners internationally from 2018, will result in increased skills to develop, manage, deliver and monitor IGL practices Europe- and even world-wide.

The TOY Quality Stamp process combined with the TOY-PLUS training will result in improved quality of IGL practice.



Target groups

Participants in TOY-PLUS are ECEC and Social Care practitioners and community development workers from 5 countries: Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. They will participate in a multi-faceted training and education experience (2018) which will incorporate workshops, international training involving study visits, joint reflection and exchange of good practice in IGL, piloting of a massive open online course (MOOC) and creating a peer learning community for IGL.

Other participants in TOY-PLUS are staff of local authorities and ECEC, and Social Care services, young children (0-10 years) and older adults (65 years +) all of whom will participate in the development and testing of a TOY Quality Stamp (2018). The TOY Quality Stamp will be awarded to local authorities and service providers meeting the IGL dimensions of quality.



TOY-PLUS will develop a handbook for trainers with guidelines on how to use a combined teaching and learning approach which involves both online learning and face-to-face workshopsRead more...


TOY-PLUS will develop, test and disseminate an innovative online curriculum and methodology (MOOC) in intergenerational work for practitioners in early childhood education and care (ECEC), social care and community development work. Read more...

TOY quality stamp

TOY-PLUS will launch an intergenerational quality assessment tool (TOY Quality Stamp) with agreed dimensions of quality for local authorities and educational and care services. Read more...


The project is coordinated by International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI (Netherlands).

Our partner organisations for TOY-PLUS are: The Beth Johnson Foundation (UK) and Linking Generation Northern IrelandDublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), Educational Research Institute - ERI (Slovenia), Azienda Speciale ReteSalute (Italy), Hellenic Open University (Greece), Municipality of Lleida (Spain).

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