Monitoring and Evaluation Report of the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs 2021

Monitoring and Evaluation Report of the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs 2021

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.

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Impact evaluation and policy recommendations final report and executive summary

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:

  1. 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?
  2. What do you envisage will help you make a difference to your locality in relation to inclusive early years community initiatives?
  3. 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.

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Download the full report here.

TOY for Inclusion – Voices of Children

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.

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TOY for Inclusion: project results

TOY for Inclusion has opened 15 Play Hubs in eight European countries: Belgium, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy and Turkey.

Thanks to the work of local communities and professionals, the TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs provide opportunities for children and adults, Roma and non-Roma, to integrate and develop.

The project has been successful in fostering social inclusion for Romani young children and families, enhancing social cohesion and easing out the transition to primary school.

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TOY for Inclusion Toolkit

The ‘TOY for Inclusion Toolkit – A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all generations’, provides the necessary information to enable trainers and practitioners of different sectors to set-up and run play spaces for children, families and communities.

The toolkit pays particular attention to social integration, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and social inclusion in the context of ECEC.

If you want to have more information about the TOY for Inclusion approach or you want to set-up a Play Hub, please contact us.

The training materials (Power Points) mentioned in the Toolkit are available upon request.

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