How do I choose a centre that is geographically accessible to me?

When completing the online application form, 3 geographic locations can be selected, in order of preference. All efforts will be made to ensure candidates receive a place at a centre of their preference, but it is possible some centres will be oversubscribed. In cases where centres are oversubscribed, programme places…
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I have moved employment, can I continue with the programme?

Settings have an opportunity to withdraw their nominee up to enrolment with Mary Immaculate College. Following enrolment, participants may continue on the programme providing they continue to be employed by an early years setting in contract to deliver the ECCE programme, funded by the DCYA.
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Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to defer an offer of a place. If you are not in a position to take up a place this year, you should reject the offer (so that the place goes to another applicant on the waiting list) and you may re-apply next year, providing you are…
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Do I need Garda vetting?

Each candidate must be Garda vetted as part of their employment by the setting nominating them for this programme and the offer of a place on LINC is conditional upon this being in place. If vetting has not taken place, candidates are asked to contact us immediately if offered a place on…
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Do I need to supply details of level 5 certification?

Yes.  A scanned copy or photo of the candidate’s certificate or transcript must be submitted with the application form, which must be submitted online with the application form.  If a candidate holds a relevant qualification higher than level 5, evidence of this qualification should be included in the application.
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How do I accept an offer of a place?

Settings and candidates will receive email confirmation of an offer of a place on the LINC Programme.  When a place on the programme is accepted, details on how to enrol with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) will be forwarded.  As administration of the programme is centralised at MIC, all participants will enrol with MIC:…
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How do I apply?

All applications must be completed online: www.lincprogramme.ie.  Settings must first set a password, then proceed to log in and complete the application form.  It is best to apply using a PC (desktop or laptop), smartphones and tablets are not recommended.  Please note: all mandatory fields, denoted by an *, must…
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I have two ECCE rooms, can I nominate two staff members?

Generally, no. Only one staff member can be nominated per setting. However, if your setting has multiple ECCE contracts (i.e. more than one DCYA reference number), then you can nominate one person per DCYA number.
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If a setting applied in year one or two and didn’t take a place, or were not offered a place, can they apply again?

Yes they can.
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What criteria are used to select successful candidates?

Providing the setting nominating the candidate holds a contract to deliver the ECCE programme and has not got an INCO appointed, nor a current LINC Student, and the candidate holds, at minimum, a relevant level 5 major award, the nominated candidate is eligible for a place on the programme. It…
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What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for receipt of applications for 2018/19 is Thursday, 12 April 2018.
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What is the entry requirement?

The minimum entry requirement is a level 5 major award in early childhood care and education or related qualification.
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When will I be notified if my application is successful?

We hope to make offers of places to eligible applicants in early June 2018. Further details will be emailed to individuals and their employers at that point.
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Who can apply?

Any early years’ setting with a pre-school room that is contracted for any DCYA Early Years Programme (ECCE/CCS/TEC) can nominate someone for LINC, as long as they do not have an INCO appointed nor have a current LINC student. To be eligible for the programme candidates must hold a level…
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