Can someone employed by funding received through AIM Level 7 apply to the LINC Programme?

A manager may nominate any employee to participate in the LINC Programme once their qualification means the minimum requirements to work in an Early Years setting. It should be noted, however, that in order for the service to get the additional capitation after LINC, the graduate must continue to be ...


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 2024/25, random selection of eligible ...


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 and you may re-apply next year, providing you are eligible to do so.


How is the programme delivered?

The programme is based on a flexible model of delivery addressing the learning requirements and needs of our students. Each module will consist of 3 recorded lessons each week which students can listen to at any time, a weekly online tutorial, and one live webinar. In addition to this, there ...


What is the deadline for applications?

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 4th April 2024.


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 ...

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.


How do I apply?

All applications must be completed online via the “Apply Now” page here. Settings must first set a password, then proceed to log in and complete the application form.  Applications must be submitted using a PC (desktop or laptop), smartphones and tablets are not recommended.  Please note: all mandatory fields ...


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 2024. Further details will be emailed to individuals and their employers at that point.