Having previously won the award for Best Online Learning Experience in 2017, the LINC Programme has once again been nominated for an Education Award under this category.

The Education Awards recognise, encourage and celebrate excellence in the third level education sector on the island of Ireland from both State and privately funded institutions.The award categories are designed to highlight the key areas that impact upon student performance and provide opportunities for educational institutions, their employees and contributors to have their achievements recognised across the various important facets of their operations.

The LINC Programme is a one-year, Level 6 Special Purpose award delivered by a consortium led by Mary Immaculate College (MIC), which includes Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University-Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education. The course is designed to facilitate practising early years’ educators to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs.

Speaking on the nomination, Fintan Breen, National Programme Coordinator for the LINC Programme said I’m delighted that LINC has been a shortlisted for the Education Awards again this year. It’s a tribute to the hard work of the full team and is further testimony of the impact LINC is having on the inclusion of all children.”

No stranger to awards, the LINC programme was also nominated this year for an Aontas Star Adult Education Award. Running from September to June, the LINC programme contains online and classroom based sessions in order to ensure a flexible and quality learning experience, enabling early years’ educators in full-time employment to attend this important continuing professional development (CDP) programme. While over 80% of the programme is delivered online, the classroom based sessions are offered in nine regional centres in order to ensure access to practitioners across the country. Last October saw the first cohort to graduate from the programme when 847 students from 27 counties were presented with a Level 6 Special Purpose Award with Minister of State, Finian McGrath, TD in attendance.

Members of the LINC team pictured accepting the Best Online Learning Experience Award 2017

The application process for 2018/19 will open on 12 March.  The LINC team will be holding a number of information sessions around the country in conjunction with County Childcare Committees, details of which can be found here. For further information, contact the LINC Team on Tel: 061-204545 or Email: linc@mic.ul.ie. Further information on the programme here.

The winners of the Education Awards 2018 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 19 April at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.