Applications for LINC 2017/18 now open!

Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years

The Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years programme, LINC, is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education). 

The programme is designed to enhance inclusion of children with additional needs in early years settings through the development of the role of Inclusion Coordinator.  Early Years settings that employ an Inclusion Coordinator who has graduated from LINC will receive and additional €2 per week in capitation per ECCE child.  The programme is fully funded and is free to participants.  Additionally, all students will receive a contribution of €200 towards costs.

The programme will commence in September, finish at the end of June, and in 2017/2018 will be delivered in the following nine locations nationwide: Cork; Dublin North; Dublin South/West; Galway; Kildare; Kilkenny; Limerick; Meath; Sligo.

Entry Requirements

Early years settings that hold a contract to deliver the ECCE Programme, funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, are eligible to nominate a candidate.  Candidates must hold a Level 5 Major Award in a relevant area.

How to Apply

Applications must be made online at  Evidence of the applicant’s relevant qualification (copy of certificate or transcript) is required at the time of application. 

Please note: places on the programme will not be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Places in centres that are oversubscribed will be allocated by random lottery.


To view the LINC Brochure: Click HERE 

Contact Information

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Phone: 061 204545


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