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Become an INclusion COordinator (INCO) with LINC
LINC is a free higher education blended-learning programme designed for early childhood teachers working in early learning and care, to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs. After completing the programme, graduates will carry out the role of Inclusion Coordinator.
Eligibility & Exemptions
Settings with a pre-school room that is contracted for ECCE/TEC/CCSP 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.
The Role of the INclusion COordinator
Latest News and Events
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In this edition of our blog, current student Edwina Doyle outlines how her setting has been keeping in touch with the children and their parents during the COVID-19 shutdown . Teach Spraoi Community Childcare is a purpose-built centre for early years and...
In this week’s blog, we take a look at how the children, parents and teachers of Barnsmore Montessori have been embracing outdoor projects to benefit their local community. In Barnesmore Montessori, the day of Thursday 12 March began like any other. The...
This week the LINC Team chatted with Nora Custy, owner/manager of An Teach Spraoi Nature Kindergarten to see what they have been up to since restrictions were imposed. Nestled just outside the town of Ennis in Co. Clare is An Teach Spraoi Nature Kindergarten....
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
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Meet the Team
The LINC programme team is responsible for implementing LINC. It includes a National Director, Support Team, ICT Support, Educational Technologist and the Tutors that deliver the programme.
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