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The LINC Consortium is proud to offer two inclusive education programmes;

the multi-award winning LINC Programme and the LINC+ CPD Programme for LINC graduates.

Applications for the 2024/25 LINC Programme will open soon!

The LINC Consortium Offers Two Inclusive Education Programmes

For people working in the Early Years in Ireland. Become an INclusion COordinator (INCO) with the LINC Programme.

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For graduates of the LINC Programme (INCOs). Continue to learn with the LINC+ CPD Programme.

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The LINC Programme

Become an Inclusion CoOrdinator (INCO) with the LINC Programme

The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC, is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education). The programme is designed to enhance the inclusion of all children in Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings through the development of the role of Inclusion CoOrdinator (INCO).

Eligibility & Exemptions for the LINC Programme

Settings with a pre-school room that is contracted for ECCE/TEC/CCSP can nominate an employee for LINC. Applicants must have the minimum qualifications to work in an Early Learning & Care Setting, in accordance with the DCEDIY’s Early Years Recognised Qualification Listing. Some students may be eligible for exemptions from two modules.

The Role of the INclusion COordinator

The Role of the INclusion COordinator (INCO)
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2023/24 LINC Programme Brochure

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LINC+ CPD Brochure

Latest News and Events

The Muddy Puddle

The Muddy Puddle

The Muddy Puddle   In this edition of the LINC Blog, setting manager Ellen Moore describes how one muddy puddle out the back of her setting became a focal point of fun for the children of her preschool. In the hustle and bustle of the early years it is easy to...

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Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

Supporting Children's Emotional Wellbeing   In this edition of the LINC Blog, Caroline O’Riordan explores how the key to unlocking a child's full potential lies in nurturing their emotional well-being and as an Early Years Specialist (EYS) with Better Start,...

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“Linc was an amazing experience for me. The confidence and knowledge I got from the course was excellent. As a teacher I can see that my way of teaching and seeing the image of the child has changed. The relationships with colleagues, parents and the children has improved…I didn’t think I would enjoy returning to education as much as I did, it has left me with the desire to keep on educating myself…It brought the best out of me so now I facilitate each child reaching their full potential and giving them confidence”

– LINC Graduate 2022/2023

“The course is very well planned out. Content is very well put together and informative. Most engaging course I have taken part in online”

– LINC Graduate 2022/2023

“The modules were very well put together, there was a great flow to the content and the additional reading was very informative and the inclusion of range of media was very engaging.”

– LINC+ Participant 2022

“I was feeling nervous prior to starting this course. From day one I was made to feel like I belong, and my tutor was excellent. I highly recommend this course, and would tell my friends to go for it too, as it’s very achievable, and the tutors and the quality of the lessons and tutorials is so high.”

– LINC Graduate 2022/2023

“I love how the LINC+ CPD Programme is delivered. It has developed my confidence immensely in my role as Inclusion Coordinator. Every time I complete a unit, I’m amazed at how much I learn.”

– LINC+ Participant 2023

Awards and Accolades

Meet the Team

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 Director, Support Team, ICT Support, Educational Technologist and the Tutors that deliver the programme.

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