During a three day "Training of Trainers", 20 professionals were trained. The training is part of the TOY for Inclusion programme which aims to improve the transition experience of Roma young children from home to preschools and schools by offering an innovative response to discrimination of Romani communities. It will do so by creating community based ECEC play hubs (resource and meeting centres) where relationships between Roma and non-Roma young children and their families are built and interactions in safe play spaces (ECEC play hubs) across all generations are supported. ICDI, together with ISSA, has developed a toolkit to support practitioners and other stakeholders in the development of skills and competences to organise Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) activities. These activities involve young children of all backgrounds, their families and older adults.
During the 3-day training, participants have been exploring and discussing the following topics:
- Setting the vision for all the children in the local community;
- The importance of community based ECEC and integration of services for inclusion, equity and respect for diversity;
- Toy libraries as community resource hubs;
- All generations learning and playing together (intergenerational learning);
- The importance of desegregated ECEC for Roma and non-Roma children) and anti-bias education;
- Quality in community based ECEC.
TOY for Inclusion is funded by DG Justice – European Commission and Open Society Foundations (OSF)