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.


The content for the CPD programme will only be available online and will be hosted on Moodle. Moodle will be familiar to graduates of the original Level 6 Special Purpose Award as it is the same system used for that programme. It will be 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 the Level 6 programme, there is no fee to participate in the CPD for INCOs Programme. 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 CPD for INCOs 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 the spring and the other in the autumn. The first package, Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care will be released in May 2021.



Aims of the LINC CPD for INCOs 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 for the CPD for INCOs Programme will open on 1 March 2021. Registration is open to all graduates of the LINC level 6 Programme (2016-2020). 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 Special Purpose Award. Registration can be completed here after 1 March 2021 and will close on Friday 26 March at 5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register?

All graduates of the Level 6 Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme (2016-2020) can register for the LINC CPD for INCOs 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.


When will the CPD Programme start?

The first CPD package, Communities of Practice in Early Learning and Care, will be released in May 2021. Registered participants will receive information on how to access the content closer to the release date.


How many packages are there in the CPD Programme 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 over the next three years). Participants will be able to progress at a pace that suits them.


Is there a cost?

It is free of charge to participate in this CPD Programme.


How will it be delivered?

The CPD programme will be delivered 100% online via the Moodle platform. This is the same platform used to deliver the LINC Level 6 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 CPD for INCOs Programme should be emailed to linccpd@mic.ul.ie. Registration will open on Monday 1 March at 9am and can be completed here.