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 applicants?

The setting must have a pre-school room and hold a contract to deliver the ECCE Programme. The nominated applicant must have the minimum qualifications to work in an Early Learning & Care Setting, in order to be eligible for a place on the programme.

For 2023/24, random selection of eligible ...


What is the deadline for applications?

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 6th April 2023.


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 have to be employed in an Early Learning & Care Setting to apply for the LINC Programme?

Yes, you must be employed in an Early Learning & Care Setting.


Do I need to supply details of my qualification when making my application?

Yes.  A scanned copy or photo of the applicant’s certificate or transcript must be submitted with the application form.


How do I accept an offer of a place?

Successful applicants will be advised by email of the offer of a place. If the offer is not accepted by the deadline, the offer is forfeited and the place is offered to another applicant on the waiting list.


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 * ...


How is the programme delivered?

The programme is based on an online module of delivery (i.e. online learning and online classroom sessions), addressing the flexible learning requirements of our students. Each module will consist of 3 recorded lessons each week which you can listen to at any time, a weekly online tutorial and one live/class ...


I am working on a CE scheme in a setting, can I submit an application?

No, unfortunately applicants must be employed by the setting.


If a setting applied previously, can they apply again?

Yes, they can.


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

Only one application can be submitted per setting.


When will I be notified if my application is successful?

We hope to make offers to eligible applicants in June 2023. 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.
  • The nominated applicant must have the minimum qualifications to work in an Early ...