The LINC programme is closed for applications until March 2019
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Become an INclusion COordinator (INCO) with LINC
LINC is a free higher education blended-learning programme designed for workers within the Early Years sector, to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs. After completing the programme, graduates will carry out the role of Inclusion Coordinator.
LINC Locations 2018/2019
The LINC programme is mainly delivered online, however there are 7 face-to-face classroom sessions throughout the academic year. In 2018/2019 these face-to-face sessions will be delivered in 11 locations across Ireland.
Eligibility & Exemptions
Setting with a pre-school room that is contracted for ECCE/TEC/CCS can nominate an employee for LINC. The nominee must have a full Level 5 Award or higher in a relevant discipline. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from two modules.
Watch: The Role of the INclusion COordinator
Latest News and Events
After two successful years in operation, with positive feedback from both students and employers, the LINC programme is seeking to engage an international expert as part of its review process. A PDF download of this document can be found here. LINC Programme:...read more
Ann McDonagh Owner/Manager of Bright Beginnings in Oughterard, Co. Galway and LINC programme participant this year reflects on her journey through LINC as she submits her final assignment for the programme. Working on my Portfolio in Module 6 of the LINC programme...read more
The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme has won the prestigious Jennifer Burke Award—an annual accolade which recognises and rewards innovative practice in the areas of teaching and learning. The LINC Programme is a one-year, Level 6 Special...read more
by Sharon Skehill, LINC programme tutor. As LINC tutor for the past two years, I have had the pleasure of visiting over 200 settings to date as part of my mentoring role on the programme. I have seen wonderful examples of positive practice and committed early years’...read more
I am enjoying the LINC programme; I think it covers everything. It offers great support from IT, the ability to learn at a time suitable to my lifestyle, and a wonderful tutor. I think that the modules are very relevant to my service, which makes me more enthusiastic about incorporating my learning into my preschool.
– Mary Diamond, LINC 2016/17
The course is going incredibly well and to date is most enjoyable and beneficial. The tutor is very helpful and informative and I have certainly gained more knowledge since starting LINC. I have also implemented much of the course content in my setting and the children and their families are benefiting from this.
– Alison Leeson, LINC 2016/17
Despite no experience in on-line learning, I find navigating my way around Moodle, the online learning system, to be really manageable. The course content is really interesting, relevant and meaningful to our everyday practices. Engaging with the LINC programme has given me new confidence in my own practice; a greater understanding of Aistear; and reassurance that I am providing an inclusive service, which has now been enhanced by changes implemented as a result of partaking in this learning opportunity. Our tutor has been really supportive and this experience has been of great benefit to me, my service, my staff and, of course, the children and their families.
– Caroline O’ Connor Coleman, LINC 2016/17
I am delighted that I had the opportunity to participate in LINC. It has really given me a new insight and energy to continue to provide an inclusive culture in my setting. The blended-learning process is flexible and allowed me to learn when and where it suited me, which as a practitioner and busy parent, is essential. The lessons are well-planned and organised, and the content very relevant and up-to-date. I particularly enjoy how the theory and examples from practice are combined. Tutors and staff are extremely supportive and informative. I will carry all that I have learned through both my professional and personal life.
– Leonora Herlihy, LINC 2016/17
My experience with the LINC programme has been very positive and enjoyable. I have found the online learning system very easy to use. The course content has been very interesting and quite manageable in my busy lifestyle, and has brought lots of new ideas to improve inclusion in my service. By training as an Inclusion Co-Ordinator I have also added to the quality of my service for families to benefit from in the future.
– Yvonne O’Keeffe, LINC 2016/17
Awards and Accolades
Meet the Team
LINC is being offered by a consortium, led by Mary Immaculate College, and including Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University – The Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.
Meet the Team
The LINC programme team is responsible for implementing LINC. It includes a National Coordinator, Support Team, ICT Support, Educational Technologist and the Tutors that deliver the programme.