TOY to Share, Play to Care was a two-year project, which built on the work of the TOY for Inclusion project.
The initial TOY for Inclusion project developed and piloted Play Hubs, i.e., low-threshold, community-based, and informal early childhood settings open to young children, their families, and members of local Roma communities. Play Hubs offer toys for borrowing, stimulating activities for young children, opportunities for inter-generational encounters, and generally safe and welcoming spaces for everybody.
The follow-up project TOY to Share, Play to Care took the existing Play Hubs as its starting point and built on their experiences in order to scale up the model.
Between 2017 and 2020, 16 Play Hubs opened in eight EU countries (Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey). Through the Play Hubs’ activities, over 10.000 children, 5.000 adults (parents and grandparents), and 1.000 practitioners were reached.
The Executive Summary shares key findings from the report, which focuses on three research questions:
- What does impact/making a difference mean to your locality in relation to inclusive early years community initiatives i.e., this project? How do you know? For whom?
- What do you envisage will help you make a difference to your locality in relation to inclusive early years community initiatives?
- What do you envisage will make it difficult to make a difference in relation to inclusive early years community initiatives?
The research questions were explored using a qualitative methodology for data collection and analysis.