Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.  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?

No. Only one staff member can be nominated per setting.
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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 the candidate holds, at minimum, a relevant level 5 major award, the nominated candidate is eligible for a place on the programme. It is possible some centres will be oversubscribed, in which cases, programme places…
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What is the entry requirement?

The minimum entry requirement is a level 5 major award in childcare.
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Who can apply?

Settings with a current contract to deliver the ECCE Programme, funded by DCYA, can nominate a candidate for the LINC programme.  To be eligible for the programme, candidates must hold a level 5 major award in childcare, at minimum.  Owner-managers interested in participating in the programme are welcome to apply, providing…
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What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for receipt of applications for 2017/18 is Thursday April 27th 2017.
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When will I be notified if my application is successful?

Specific dates for the 2017/18 programme will be available following the opening of the application process in late March.
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