TOY Handbook for tutors and course developers

The ‘TOY Handbook for tutors and course developers’ provides background information and guidelines for tutors, educators and course developers who wish to provide professional development for adults in intergenerational learning (IGL). The course described in the Handbook is based on the TOY approach to IGL which primarily focusses on young children and older adults.

This Handbook describes how the TOY Course was developed, its underpinning principles, the course structure and features, and a summary of the course content.

Who is this Handbook for?

The Handbook is intended for three user groups:

Firstly, it is a resource for tutors in Adult Education, or in colleges of Further or Higher Education who are supporting groups of learners following the TOY Course.
Potential learners could be:
• ECEC practitioners
• Primary school teachers (working with 4 to 8 year‑olds)
• Social care practitioners working with older adults
• Community development workers i.e. practitioners and volunteers working in community groups such as those linked to community social and cultural centres; sports clubs, scouting or religious institutions
• Practitioners and volunteers working in libraries and museums
• Educational specialists in non‑formal learning
• Those in leadership and/or advocacy positions in any of the above areas.

Secondly, the Handbook is also useful for tutors and course developers who are already engaged in pre‑service and continuing professional development in ECEC, social care practice and primary education, or adult education and who wish to include IGL in their pre‑service training, or who wish to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) course focusing on IGL.

Thirdly, the Handbook may also be of interest to any individual, team or organisation wishing to develop a course which combines face‑to‑face workshops with online learning for other areas of social and educational practice.