LINC Programme







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.

Apply for LINC 2017/18

Applications are now closed for this year.  For more information please see the LINC programme website:

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator Increased ECCE Capitation

The application process for the increased capitation relating to LINC will be open for applications from 9.00am Friday 13th October 2017.  Applications must be made electronically via the Programmes Implementation Platform (PIP), and include a unique Graduate ID issued by Mary Immaculate College and a signed Inclusion Coordinator Declaration and Consent Form.
If you have any queries relating to the application process please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document or contact


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