Programme Overview

The  Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years programme, LINC, is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education), to enable early years educators to perform the role of Inclusion Coordinator. The programme seeks to address the need for continuing professional development (CPD) in relation to the inclusion of children with additional needs.

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.

Capitation & Incentives

Settings that participate in the LINC progamme qualify for an extra capitation payment. There is also a grant available for students of the programme to cover any travel expenses they may incur travelling to the face-to-face sessions.



Locations 2019/20


The LINC programme is delivered using a blended learning format. This means that most of the lessons can be accessed online at a time that suits the student. There are, however, 7 classroom sessions throughout the year and these sessions are taking place in 9 locations in Ireland for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Academic Calendar


The LINC academic calendar highlights the dates that the different programme modules and face-to-face sessions take place. Depending on your level of qualification, you maybe exempt from some of these modules.