Can someone employed by funding received through AIM Level 7 be nominated to LINC?

A manager may nominate any employee to complete LINC, and they will be eligible to start the programme in January once they remain an employee next year. It should be noted, however, that in order for the service to get the additional capitation after LINC, the graduate must continue to ...


What criteria are used to select successful candidates?

The setting nominating a candidate must hold a contract to deliver the ECCE programme . The nominated candidate must hold, at minimum, a relevant level 5 major award, in order to be eligible for a place on the programme.

For 2022/23, random selection of eligible applicants will apply. Priority will ...


What is the deadline for applications?

The final deadline for applications 2022/23 is Friday, 8 April 2022 at 4pm.


Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to defer an offer of a place. If you are not in a position to take up a place this year, you should reject the offer (so that the place goes to another applicant on the waiting list) and you may re-apply next year, providing you are ...


Do I need Garda vetting?

Each candidate must be Garda vetted as part of their employment by the setting nominating them for this programme and the offer of a place on LINC is conditional upon this being in place. If vetting has not taken place, candidates are asked to contact us immediately if offered a place on ...


Do I need to supply details of level 5 certification?

Yes.  A scanned copy or photo of the candidate’s certificate or transcript must be submitted with the application form, which must be submitted online with the application form.  If a candidate holds a relevant qualification higher than level 5, evidence of this qualification should be included in the application.


How do I accept an offer of a place?

Settings and candidates will receive email confirmation of an offer of a place on the LINC Programme.  When a place on the programme is accepted, details on how to enrol with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) will be forwarded.  As administration of the programme is centralised at MIC, all participants will ...


How do I apply?

All applications must be completed online: www.lincprogramme.ie.  Settings must first set a password, then proceed to log in and complete the application form.  It is best to apply using a PC (desktop or laptop), smartphones and tablets are not recommended.  Please note: all mandatory fields, denoted by an *, ...


I am working on a CE scheme in a pre-school, can I take part in LINC?

No, unfortunately you must be an employee of the pre-school to be eligible.


If a setting applied in year one, two, three or four and didn’t take a place, or were not offered a place, can they apply again?

Yes they can.


The programme is completely online for 2022/2023, what does this mean?

The programme is based on an online learning model.  Students will be required to engage weekly with a range of reflective activities, videos and discussion ...


There are two people in my setting that want to apply can they both make an application?

No, only one candidate per setting can make an application. 


What is the entry requirement?

The minimum entry requirement is a level 5 major award in early childhood care and education or related qualification.


When will I be notified if my application is successful?

We hope to make offers of places to eligible applicants in July 2022. Further details will be emailed to individuals and their employers at that point.


Who can apply for LINC?

  • Any early years’ setting with a pre-school room that is contracted for any DCEDIY Early Years Programme (ECCE/CCSP/TEC) 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 ...