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Free to participate 

Only for LINC Graduates

100% Online

I would highly recommend this programme to any LINC Graduates. The information I received affirmed my role, and gave me new approaches and ideas.

LINC Participant 2021

Background

On 7 October 2020, the LINC Consortium was awarded a tender by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to continue its delivery of the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Level 6 Special Purpose Award. Another component of that tender award was to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for LINC graduates.

Delivery

The content for the LINC+ programme is only available online and is hosted on Moodle.  Moodle will be familiar to graduates of the original LINC Programme as it is the same learning platform used for that programme. It is up to each individual participant to take it upon themselves to complete the CPD package content. Participants can engage with the material at a time that suits them. Similar to LINC, there is no fee to participate in LINC+. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that they will be able to download once they complete each package.

CPD Package Content and Aims

The LINC+ Programme consists of six packages, each of which are 10 hours in duration. These packages will be released over the next three years, with one package being released in January and the other in September. The first package, Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care was released in May 2021 and is the only package that all participants must complete. Once they have completed this package they can choose what further packages they wish to engage with. The second package Leading Inclusive Early Learning and Care Settings: The Role of the Inclusion Coordinator was released in September 2021 and the third package: Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development, will be released on January 24th 2022.

 

Aims of the LINC+ Programme

To equip participants in their role as Inclusion Coordinators (INCOs) with the requisite knowledge(s), practices and values to lead inclusion in early learning and care (ELC) settings and to support the implementation of the Better Start Access and Inclusion (AIM) Model.

To offer participants strategies and supports to enable them to respond appropriately to ensure that all children can access and fully participate in ELC settings.

To support participants in developing family, professional and community partnerships that contribute to the creation of inclusive ELC settings.  

To support participants in the development of Communities of Practice that provide fora for ELC practitioners to create inclusive ELC settings.

Registration

Registration for the LINC+ Programme will re-open in 2022. Registration is open to all graduates of the LINC Programme (2016-2021). You will need to supply your name, email address, PPS number and mobile telephone number during the registration process. This is so we can verify that you completed the LINC Programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register?

All graduates of the Level 6 Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme (2016-2021) can register for the LINC+ Programme.

 

What do I need to register?

Required registration details include: Name, Email Address, PPS Number and Mobile Telephone Number. You should be aware of our Data Protection and Data Collection Notice.

 

How many packages are there in LINC+ and how long will they take to complete?

There will be six packages in total and each module will contain 10 hours of content (60 hours in total). Participants will be able to progress at a pace that suits them.

 

 

 

Package Release Date Availability
Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care. May 2021 Available
Leading Inclusive Early Learning and Care Settings: The Role of the Inclusion Coordinator. September 2021 Available
Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development. January 2022 Available January 24, 2022
Family, Professional and Community Partnerships. September 2022 In Development
Creating Early Learning and Care Environments Where Everyone Belongs. January 2023 In Development
Observing, Documenting, Reflecting and Planning for Inclusion. September 2023 In Development

 

 

 

When will the LINC+ Programme start?

The first LINC+ package, Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care, was released in May 2021. The second package Leading Inclusive Early Learning and Care Settings: The Role of the Inclusion Coordinator was released in September and the third package Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development will be released on January 24. The second and third packages can be accessed by participants that have completed Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care. Registered participants will receive information on how to access the content closer to the release date.

 

Is there a cost?

It is free of charge to participate in the LINC+ CPD Programme.

 

How will it be delivered?

The LINC+ CPD programme will be delivered 100% online via the Moodle platform. This is the same platform used to deliver the LINC Programme so graduates will be familiar with how the platform operates.

 

Is the Programme accredited?

No. Participants will be able to download a certificate at the end of each completed package but these will not count towards a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

 

Further Information

Queries in relation to the LINC+ Programme should be emailed to linccpd@mic.ul.ie. 

 

LINC + Rachael’s Experience 

In this short video LINC Graduate and Inclusion Coordinator for Footpints Early Years Ltd, Racheal Govan, describes her experience of the first package of the LINC+ Programme.

Racheal talks about her LINC+ Experience
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