• Info

    Title Together Old and Young: Practitioners Learning and Upscaling Skills

    Acronym TOY-PLUS

    Programme Erasmus+

    Project Number 2016-1-NL01-KA204-022910

    Start – End Date 1/11/2016 – 31/10/2018

    Duration 24 months

    Action Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

    Funding Agency European Commission

    Total Project Funding €281.702,00

    Project Homepage

    Status Completed


Population ageing in Europe will continue with accelerating pace in the next decades. This trend requires societal adaptations regarding education and training, work, family life and social protection. One such adaption is intergenerational learning (IGL), which brings people from different generations together, to share activities, learn and understand each other better. Together Old and Young project or TOY ( (2012-2014) was unique amongst European IGL projects with its focus on including children in the early childhood years (0-10 years) in IGL activities with older adults (65 +). TOY research and pilot actions demonstrated that intergenerational facilitators are crucial to the success of intergenerational projects and initiatives.

TOY-PLUS is the logical next step in TOY, 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.

The objectives of the TOY-PLUS project are as follows:

  • Develop, test and disseminate an innovative online curriculum and methodology in IG work for practitioners in early childhood education and care (ECEC), social care and community work
  • Develop and test an IG certificate of quality (TOY Quality Stamp) with agreed standards for local authorities and educational institutions

The project will be implemented in Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK and directly address:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) practitioners
  • Social Care practitioners
  • Community development workers
  • Staff of local authorities

Project Outcomes

The outcomes of TOY-PLUS project are:

  • TOY-PLUS curriculum on IGL and Handbook for trainers
  • TOY-PLUS Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on IGL for practitioners
  • TOY Quality Stamp – Standards and certification for IGL practice


MOOC Leaflet (EN, EL)
TOY for Quality Leaflet (EN)
Newsletters #9 , #10 , #11 , #12 , #13


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Intergenerational Learning