The LINC programme will open for applications in March 2019

If you are interested in participating in LINC in the 2019/2020 academic year, or wish to find out more about the programme, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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 Information Sessions 2019

In advance of the opening of applications for the LINC course this March, a tutor from the Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme will be hosting an information session in association with  your local County Childcare Committee. 

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.

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Latest News and Events

Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student Carrie O'Connor Byrne describes how putting a lesson learned on the LINC Programme into practice has benefited the children in her setting.   Throughout the first module, Inclusion in Early Years Settings, I...

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Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

In this edition of LINC blog, programme graduate Caroline Lohan describes how reflective practice techniques learned on the LINC programme have created a better learning environment for all children in her setting.     My name is Caroline Lohan and I am an early...

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Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

In this edition of LINC blog, programme tutor Edel Fenlon outlines some handy tips to ensure the children in your care are outdoor activity ready this winter season.     As we prepare ourselves for winter, what does this mean for the early childhood teachers...

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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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LINC Consortium

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.

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