Applications are now closed for the 2020/2021 LINC Programme.

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1. What do I need to apply?

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.

You should be aware of our Data Protection and Data Collection Notice.

2. Who can apply?

  • Any early learning and care setting with a pre-school room that is contracted for any DCYA Early Years Programme can nominate someone for LINC. The setting manager can nominate themselves or any member of the setting’s staff.
  • To be eligible for the programme, candidates, at a minimum, must hold a level 5 major award in childcare.
  • Settings that already have a LINC student or graduate working in their setting are now invited to nominate another staff member.
    Random selection of eligible applicants will apply. Priority will be given to eligible applications according to the following criteria:
    1.        Settings that do not currently employ a LINC graduate.
    2.        Settings that already employ a LINC graduate and have over 22 ECCE-aged children attending.
    3.        All other settings.

3. What happens next?

A confirmation email will be sent to both the applicant and setting upon successful submission of the application.

The allocation of places is expected in November, when notifications will be sent by email.




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