The TOY for Inclusion consortium’s Monitoring and Evaluation report evaluates the impact of TOY for Inclusion’s Play Hubs from February to December 2021 and highlights the successes of this innovative approach and challenges that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Toolkit for inclusion in ECEC recalls political commitments made e.g. in the European Pillar of Social Rights, policy recommendations which have been adopted by EU Member States as well as research findings. They all converge towards the need and will to develop more inclusive ECEC systems and settings.
To ensure equity for all children in accessing and benefitting from ECEC, the toolkit includes a set of practical solutions and measures to inspire ECEC policy makers at the national, regional or local level, as well as ECEC practitioners. It includes examples of good practice in ECEC settings and identifies useful ideas and resources to inspire leaders and staff across Europe to progress towards practice that is more inclusive. The toolkit aims to inspire decision-makers to use the examples of good practice to create appropriate conditions that can benefit all children and families.
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.
This report 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.
This document provides an overview of the costs and resources to set up and run a TOY for Inclusion Play Hub.
This document addresses key questions from various stakeholders about the TOY for Inclusion approach. Frequently asked questions such as the following are addressed in this document:
- What is a Play Hub?
- How do children benefit from Play Hubs?
- How do parents and caregivers and other family members benefit from Play Hubs?
- How much does it cost to run a Play Hub?
Social inclusion begins with young children’s eagerness to play together.
TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs offer inclusive spaces where children and families from different backgrounds are encouraged to play and learn: Children are allowed to borrow toys, parents can gather information about their child’s development and individuals of all ages are given space to come together.
Download the booklet, which shares the stories told by the children attending these Play Hubs.