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 2018/19

For more information please see the LINC programme website:

AIM Level 1 – Inclusion Co-ordinator Increased ECCE Capitation

The application process for the increased ECCE capitation, funded by DCYA, in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the Inclusion Co-ordinator, during the 2018/2019 pre-school year is now open.

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.

Applications must be made electronically via PIP.

Existing Graduates

An ECCE provider, who is or employs an existing graduate i.e. graduated in 2017 can apply immediately.

New Graduates

An ECCE provider, who is or employs a new graduate i.e. graduating in October 2018 can apply when final exam results have been notified by Mary Immaculate College (expected mid- Sept)

Please note if an Inclusion Coordinator is on extended leave i.e. maternity, sick leave at the beginning of a pre-school year, an application should only be submitted once the Inclusion Co-ordinator returns to the pre-school setting.

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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