LINC+ Opening Monday 17th January for applications 

LINC+ will be accepting new registrations from LINC graduates for package 1, Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care on January 17, 2022.

If you would like to learn more on this, LINC will be hosting 4 online information sessions for interested participants.

Registration can be completed on Eventbrite. Dates and links to registration are as follows: 

Wednesday January 19, at 7pm:

Tuesday January 25, at 7pm:

Monday January 31, at 1pm:

Monday February 7, at 6:30pm:

For further information, you can read their programme flyer, by clicking here.

LINC Flyer

The  Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC, is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education), that is designed to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in the early years. The course is offered for free to people working within early years education and is fully funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Once qualified, graduates will perform the role of Inclusion Coordinator within their early years setting.

The development of the programme is part of a government response to local, national and international demands for high quality education and training leading towards graduate pathways in the combined field of early childhood care and education (ECCE). The programme seeks to address the need for continuing professional development (CPD) in relation to the inclusion of children with additional needs.

Extra INCO Capitation for Settings

Early years settings that employ an Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) who has graduated from LINC will receive an extra €2 per week in capitation per ECCE-eligible child in a pre-school room, where the child is on an ECCE/CCS/TEC programme.  Subject to detailed operational guidelines, the increase applies from a) graduation of the Inclusion Coordinator from the higher education programme and b) completion of a signed agreement by the Inclusion Coordinator that they will take on the roles and responsibilities associated with the post. The additional €2 capitation applies to all ECCE children in the setting, not just children with special educational needs.

Download or Print the Role of the INclusion COordinator


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