Only Applies to Special Purpose Award
Extra INCO Capitation for Settings
Early learning and care settings that employ an Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) who has graduated from LINC will receive an extra €2 per week in capitation per ECCE-eligible child in a pre-school room, where the child is on an ECCE/CCSP/TEC programme. Subject to detailed operational guidelines, the increase applies from a) graduation of the Inclusion Coordinator from the higher education programme and b) completion of a signed agreement by the Inclusion Coordinator that they will take on the roles and responsibilities associated with the post. The additional €2 capitation applies to all ECCE children in the setting, not just children with special educational needs.
As the course is fully funded by the DCEDIY, it is free to participate in. Only settings that hold a contract to deliver the ECCE/CCS/TEC programme, funded by the DCEDIY are eligible to nominate a candidate.
Room Leader Status
On the 21st of August 2018 the programme was recognised as meeting the ECCE Room Leader (Standard Capitation) Status by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. See this link for a list of DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualifications.
Update 28 May 2019: Capitation where a setting employs more than 1 LINC Graduate:
Only one LINC Graduate can be appointed as the official INclusion COordinator for that setting. Settings with two LINC Graduates will only receive the INCO capitation payment in relation to one graduate only. For the purpose of AIM rules and compliance checks there should only be one primary INCO to whom the INCO capitation will relate, however, settings can allocate tasks and both graduates can work as a team. If the primary INCO leaves the setting, the second graduate can be immediately appointed as the INCO by completing the Notification of Changes form, ensuring there would not be any gap in additional capitation due.
How one setting manager uses their extra capitation allowance from having an INclusion COordinator in their setting.