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Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

Learning from LINC – Using Song Choice Boards

In this edition of the LINC blog, current student Carrie O'Connor Byrne describes how putting a lesson learned on the LINC Programme into practice has benefited the children in her setting.   Throughout the first module, Inclusion in Early Years Settings, I...

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Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

Setting Focus: Happy Tots Montessori

In this edition of LINC blog, programme graduate Caroline Lohan describes how reflective practice techniques learned on the LINC programme have created a better learning environment for all children in her setting.     My name is Caroline Lohan and I am an early...

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Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

Getting Winter-Ready – Tips for Outdoor Activity

In this edition of LINC blog, programme tutor Edel Fenlon outlines some handy tips to ensure the children in your care are outdoor activity ready this winter season.     As we prepare ourselves for winter, what does this mean for the early childhood teachers...

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LINC Programme shortlisted for four Education Awards

LINC Programme shortlisted for four Education Awards

Having previously won the award for Best Online Learning Experience in 2017, and been shortlisted for the same accolade in 2018, the LINC Programme has once again received a nomination for an Education Award. This year the programme has been nominated under four award...

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Tips from Module One: Using Visual Aids

Tips from Module One: Using Visual Aids

In this edition of the LINC blog, programme tutor Claire Butterly revisits a lesson from module one, highlighting some nice examples of visual aids she has observed in the field.     Throughout Module 1, Inclusion in the Early Years: Concepts and Strategies,...

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The LINC Mentoring Visit: A Tutor’s Perspective

The LINC Mentoring Visit: A Tutor’s Perspective

In this week's blog, LINC tutor Bernie Connell describes how she approaches each mentoring visit, giving an example of a recent visit she made to Nadine's service.   “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and...

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Fun not Fear at Halloween

Fun not Fear at Halloween

In this weeks LINC blog, tutor Margaret Joyce outlines some handy tips to ensure that Halloween is a fun, rather than fearful experience for young children.     Halloween is generally a time associated with dressing up, fun, games and ‘scary monsters’. Many...

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Real Life Reflections: The Children’s Referendum

Real Life Reflections: The Children’s Referendum

In this week's blog, Helen Comerford, Owner/Manager of Alanna Playschool, Tirmoghan, Donadea, Co. Kildare, and LINC graduate, describes how real life events in May 2018 inspired the children in her setting to hold their own children's referendum.     My name...

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My LINC Journey: Philomena’s Story

My LINC Journey: Philomena’s Story

Philomena Weldon, an early years practitioner with over 35 years’ experience and Owner/Manager of Phil’s Montessori in Clonlyon, Kilcock, County Meath reflects on her journey through LINC and the impact it has had on her service.       Each year we endeavour...

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Hair or Care…a Job to a Career

Hair or Care…a Job to a Career

In this edition of the LINC blog, programme graduate Hazel O'Connor recounts her career journey and the people who influenced her along the way.      Many moons ago, not long after leaving school, I found myself standing outside the door of my local FÁS...

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How to write a Curriculum Statement in Five Easy Steps

How to write a Curriculum Statement in Five Easy Steps

In the latest LINC programme blog, LINC Tutor Claire Butterly outlines five steps to writing a Curriculum Statement for your service.      This blog will guide you through the process of developing a curriculum statement. While curriculum statements were...

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Setting Focus: The Montessori Circle, Clontarf

Setting Focus: The Montessori Circle, Clontarf

In this edition of the LINC blog, Veronica Yeomans, programme graduate and Owner/Manager of the Montessori Circle in Clontarf in Dublin, describes her LINC experience and how—by tweaking your environment—you can help children come through their problems and feel more...

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My LINC Journey: Melanie’s Story

My LINC Journey: Melanie’s Story

In this week's blog, Melanie Flanagan Tierney from Early Days Montessori Playgroup in Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare, and LINC programme graduate, describes how LINC gave her the confidence to continue her adult education journey after the programme had ended.  ...

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Working in Partnership with Children: The Quiet Room

Working in Partnership with Children: The Quiet Room

In this week's blog, Therese O'Brien, Owner/Manager of the Early Years Pre-School in Gravelstown, Kells, Co Meath and LINC graduate, describes how working in partnership with children has helped her best utilise the space in her setting.     At the start of...

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LINC Programme Seeks Expert Quality Assurance Review

LINC Programme Seeks Expert Quality Assurance Review

After two successful years in operation, with positive feedback from both students and employers, the LINC programme is seeking to engage an international expert as part of its review process.  A PDF download of this document can be found here. LINC Programme:...

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My LINC Journey: Ann’s Story

My LINC Journey: Ann’s Story

Ann McDonagh Owner/Manager of Bright Beginnings in Oughterard, Co. Galway and LINC programme participant this year reflects on her journey through LINC as she submits her final assignment for the programme.     Working on my Portfolio in Module 6 of the LINC...

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Learning from the field

Learning from the field

by Sharon Skehill, LINC programme tutor. As LINC tutor for the past two years, I have had the pleasure of visiting over 200 settings to date as part of my mentoring role on the programme. I have seen wonderful examples of positive practice and committed early years’...

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International Play Conference comes to MIC Limerick

International Play Conference comes to MIC Limerick

  REVOLUTIONISING PLAY: PERSPECTIVES; POSSIBILITIES AND PROMISE ATHBHEOCHAN AN TSÚGARTHA: DEARCADH; FÉIDEARTHACHTAÍ AGUS DÓCHAS   Research continues to highlight the significant contribution of play-based practice to children’s learning and development....

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Setting Focus: Mega Kids

Setting Focus: Mega Kids

Mary Helen O’Brien, a childcare professional with over 20 years’ experience and owner/manager of the Mega Kids Childcare facility in Murroe, Co Limerick, took some time out to tell us about her LINC Programme Experience Mary started the business in 1998, working from...

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