Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills

TOY-PLUS latest news


After all the research and practice carried out between 2012 and 2016 by the TOY partners, it is time for the next step: sharing everything we know and learned about to help practitioners implement the TOY approach. TOY-PLUS is the logical next step in our TOY-programme. We are creating training opportunities and sharing knowledge about intergenerational learning principles and practice to ensure the implementation of meaningful and quality intergenerational experiences between young children and older people.

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



We are providing a multi-faceted training and education experience on intergenerational learning! Practitioners will develop skills and competences to develop and deliver successful intergenerational learning (IGL) programmes involving young children and older adults. The TOY Online Course (MOOC) is designed to reach hundreds of practitioners internationally from 2018 in Europe - and even world-wide.

Furthermore, we are developing and testing a quality assessment tool for IGL with agreed dimensions of quality for educational and care services, which will be called the TOY for Quality Programme. The TOY for Quality Programme combined with the TOY online course will result in improved quality of intergenerational learning practice.

Target groups

The training and education experience is initially designed for our TOY PLUS partners; 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 +) .The products of TOY-PLUS will be of interest to anyone who wants to establish or improve an IGL initiative in their service or community in Europe and beyond.

They will also be of interest to training organizations, universities and local authorities.



TOY-PLUS developed a handbook for tutors and course developers with guidelines on how to use a combined teaching and learning approach which involves both online learning and face-to-face workshops. Read more...

TOY course on IGL (online)

Practitioners in early childhood education and care (ECEC), social care and community development work are more than welcome to join the online course Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach. Read more...

TOY for Quality

TOY-PLUS will launch an intergenerational quality assessment tool (TOY for Quality) with agreed dimensions of quality for 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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