TOY for Inclusion training inspires coordinators of new Play Hubs

This week eight candidates to be Play Hubs coordinator attended a three-day training in Croatia. “I felt understood; people accepted me as I am,” said trainee Tatiana Pastorekova.

Eight new TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs will open in 2020. The in-training coordinators followed a three-day international training session in Sisak (Croatia) this week.

“I like to work with children and people. It is in my heart and I want to give something back to society”, said one of the trainees, Tatiana Pastorekova. She is a preschool teacher and has been selected as a coordinator of the Play Hub that will open in Roskovce (Slovakia) next year.

The in-training coordinators have learned the TOY for Inclusion approach, which integrates four building blocks: community based early childhood education and care; social inclusion and respect for diversity; intergenerational learning; integrated services.

“The coordinators will work in different countries and settings, it is therefore important to set a shared vision. Also, the coordinators have learned the TOY for Inclusion approach and received suggestions on how to run such a space”, says Valentina Erba, Trainer of Associazione 21 Luglio.

“As a teacher, I came here already with a theoretical background but I really liked the sessions focusing on practical activities and tips on how to run a Play Hub,” Ms. Pastorekova concluded.  

In the photos you can see some of the activities that the trainees could observe at the local Toy for Inclusion Play Hub.

Read more about Toy for Inclusion here.