TOY for inclusion toolkit: A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive early childhood education and care (ECEC) play hubs for all generations

Cortellesi, Giulia; Stanislav, Daniel; Kernan, Margaret; Trikic, Zorica; and Harpley, Jessica
Cortellesi, G., et al. 2018. TOY for Inclusion Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all Generations. Funded by the European Union and Open Society Foundations.
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The TOY (together old and young) for Inclusion Toolkit provides conceptual and practical information necessary to enable trainers and practitioners to establish and manage multigenerational play spaces that combat segregation and enhance cohesion within communities. Developed through the TOY for Inclusion: Community-based Early Childhood and Care for Roma Children project, the approach has been implemented across seven European countries. At its core is the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hub, which provides safe, welcoming, inclusive and creative spaces for multiple generations to interact, play and learn together. As illustrated in several examples, ECEC Play Hubs based on the Toy for Inclusion toolkit can become community-based, intergenerational and intercultural learning spaces for teaching young children about intangible cultural heritage (ICH) or using ICH to deliver other early learning outcomes.