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How do I select a participant for the LINC programme?

You should carefully consider whom to nominate for the programme, as your setting will only be eligible for the additional capitation while there is a graduate Inclusion Coordinator in place. Your nominee should be committed to your setting and be willing to be appointed as Inclusion Coordinator, and to carry out the tasks relevant to the role.

Can I nominate an additional member of staff to undertake this training?

Yes, from October 2020, settings can now nominate a second employee to undertake LINC should they already employ a graduate of the programme. Settings can only put forward one member of staff to take part in LINC 2021/2022. Random selection will apply should the programme be oversubscribed. Please see our eligibility section for further details.

I do not have children with additional needs currently in my ECCE programme, can I still apply?

Yes, absolutely.  The LINC programme is designed to support the inclusion of children with additional needs through the development of the role of Inclusion Coordinator in all ECCE settings.

What happens if the graduate Inclusion Coordinator leaves – can another staff member undertake the programme?

Yes.  You can nominate another member of staff for the programme should your appointed Inclusion Coordinator or LINC graduate leave your setting.