The setting nominating a candidate must hold a contract to deliver the ECCE programme and must not already employ a LINC graduate or current LINC Student. The nominated candidate must hold, at minimum, a relevant level 5 major award, in order to be eligible for a place on the programme. It is possible some centres will be oversubscribed, in which cases, programme places will be allocated by random lottery.

For 2019/20, random selection of eligible applicants will apply. Priority will be given to eligible applications according to the following criteria:
1. Settings that do not currently employ a LINC student/graduate.
2. Settings that already employ a LINC student/graduate and have over 22 ECCE-aged children attending.
3. All other settings.