Who can apply?
Candidates must be working within an early years setting and be nominated by their employer/manager to participate. If employees do not wish to do the programme than owner/manager can nominate themselves.
Any setting contracted with Pobal for any DCYA Early Years programme can nominate someone for LINC (these could be ECCE, CCS, TEC).
Candidates must have a Major Award at Level 5 or higher in a related discipline to be eligible for the programme.
Nominated a candidate last year?
- Your candidate withdrew from the programme.
- Your candidate is no longer employed by you.
If your candidate is no longer employed by you, it is important that you let us know in writing immediately to email@example.com so that we can update your eligibility information.
If you applied for, but were not successful in gaining a place last year, you are eligible to apply again this year.
Candidates can only apply for exemptions after they have been granted a place on the programme – further information will be made available to successful candidates.
If you have further questions around eligibility and exemptions please refer to the frequently asked questions section of this website.
You will need the following information in order to complete an application on behalf of your setting:
- Setting details (Pobal reference number and contact information).
- Candidate details (name; contact details, including personal email address and postal address; PPS number; date of birth, UL/Mary Immaculate College ID number if they attended either UL or MIC previously; highest qualification; and the last educational institute attended).
- Full details of your candidate’s relevant qualification at Level 5 or above (name of educational institute; year started and completed; qualification level; award title).
- A copy (scan/photo) of your candidate’s certificate.
- In order of preference, you must choose up to three locations where your candidate could attend classroom sessions.
Applications for the programme can only be made online through this website. In order to submit an application you will need to go to the apply now section. Once you click on “make an application” you will be asked to enter your username and create a password. Your username is your Pobal or DCYA reference number, your password can be anything you wish.