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.

For more information please see the LINC programme website:

Apply for LINC 2020/2021 (applications now closed)

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator (LINC) Application

  • The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCEDIY, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2020/2021 pre-school year is now closed for 2020/2021 for new graduates.

  • To apply, a service provider must be or employ a graduate from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) in Early Years Programme who has agreed to take on the role and responsibilities of an Inclusion Co-ordinator in their pre-school setting.  Applicant guidelines can be found here. Please ensure you attach all pages of the signed Inclusion Co-ordinator Declaration with your application.

  • Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years Hive system.  Prior to applying for AIM Level 1, service providers must ensure that they have completed their ECCE programme readiness process.

Any application received by 31st October 2020 will be provided the additional capitation to the beginning of the programme year.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early as any applications received after this date will not be backdated
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