The Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme LINC is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education), which will now be required for staff in Early Years settings to perform the role of Inclusion Coordinator. 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). Specifically, the programme seeks to address the need for continuing professional development (CPD) within the ECCE sector in Ireland in relation to the inclusion of children with disabilities The programme is based on a ‘blended model’ of delivery and addresses the ‘flexible learning’ requirements of the ECCE sector.
1. What do I need to apply?
You will need the following information in order to complete an application on behalf of your setting:
2. Who can apply?
All candidates applying to the LINC programme must be nominated by their employer/setting.
Settings are eligible to nominate a candidate where they hold a contract to deliver the ECCE programme, funded by DCYA. Candidates must hold a Level 5 Major Award in a relevant area.
3. What happens next?
The allocation of places is expected in early June, when notifications will be sent by email.
Please ensure your nominee is available for all of the course dates outlined on the LINC Calendar 2017/18.
Please note: places will not be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Places in centres that are oversubscribed will be allocated by random lottery.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
All applicants must submit an application for 2017/18: applications from 2016 will not be carried forward
We recommend that applications are made on a PC (e.g. laptop or desktop) and not on a smartphone or tablet.
Closing date: Thursday, 3rd May 2017, 3pm
For more information please see the LINC programme website: http://lincprogramme.ie/