Toy for Inclusion

Toys to share, play to care

TOY for Inclusion is the gateway to education and care for many children of disadvantaged communities. The project has created eight Play Hubs for young children in the EU which have obtained extraordinary results:

1. Improved the transition experience of Romani children to schools.
2. Improved children’s preparedness for formal education.
3. Increased trust of Roma communities in the local services.

 

The project strengthens integration and social cohesion by bringing children and families from different backgrounds together.

A particular focus is put on Roma communities: by creating Play Hubs at local level, TOY for Inclusion provides opportunities for children, adults and communities to integrate and develop. For more detailed results, download our brochure here.

What is a TOY for inclusion Play Hub?

It is a space where children and their families are welcomed to play games with each other, meet with other families and take part in creative and social activities. At the Play Hub, information about childrearing, health, early learning and development can be passed-on informally to (grand)parents. It is an inclusive space and families of different backgrounds are encouraged to join.

Since 2017, TOY for Inclusion has opened eight Play Hubs in seven European countries: one in Belgium, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and two in Italy.

The Play Hubs are very successful in:

1.Bringing Roma and non-Roma communities together.
2.Building parenting skills.
3.Improving cooperation between the civil society and local agencies.

 

The Romani Early Years Network (REYN) and TOY project together

REYN and Together Old and Young (TOY) joined forces to create TOY for Inclusion. The project addresses increasingly worrying issues like discrimination and segregation that oppress Romani children from very early age.

Building on the success of the TOY project, TOY for Inclusion combines two approaches: it promotes intergenerational learning opportunities between older adults and young children as well as community-based early childhood education and care (ECEC).

Project partners

TOY for Inclusion is  coordinated by International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI (NL). Other partners are the International Step-by-Step Association – ISSA (NL) and seven members of REYN: Educational Research Institute – ERI (Slovenia), Open Academy Step by Step – OASS (Croatia), Centre for Education Initiatives – CEI (Latvia), Wide Open School – WOS (Slovakia), Centre for Innovation in the Early Years – VBJK (Belgium), Associazione 21 Luglio (Italy) and Partners Hungary Foundation.

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