Welcome to the LINC Programme website. The LINC Consortium is proud to offer two inclusive education programmes; the muti-award winning LINC Programme, and the LINC+ Programme for graduates of the Special Purpose Award. Find out more below.


Applications for both programmes are closed until 2022, to be notified about the opening of applications please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.



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

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


The LINC Special Purpose Award

Become an INclusion COordinator (INCO) with the LINC Special Purpose Award

LINC is a free higher education fully online programme designed for early childhood teachers working in early learning and care, to promote the inclusion of all children. After completing the programme, graduates will carry out the role of Inclusion Coordinator.

Eligibility & Exemptions for the LINC Special Purpose Award

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

Download or Print the Role of the INclusion COordinator

English VersionIrish Version

View or download our 2021/2022 LINC Programme brochure

2021 LINC Brochure

View or download our LINC+ brochure

LINC+ Brochure

Latest News and Events

Finding Community

Finding Community

In this edition of the LINC blog, graduate Denise Sheridan talks about her outdoor ethos, her education journey, and how the LINC+ programme has helped her to find her voice as a valued member of the early years community.      In 2010 I set up Úlla Beag, an...

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Our Voices in Practice are Important – Lets Keep Talking!

Our Voices in Practice are Important – Lets Keep Talking!

Our Voices in Practice are Important – Lets Keep Talking!   Using Action Research in the Early Learning and Care (ELC) Setting to support with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic   In this edition of the LINC Blog, managing director and early childhood...

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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

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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