The setting nominating a candidate must hold a contract to deliver the ECCE programme . The nominated candidate must hold, at minimum, a relevant level 5 major award, in order to be eligible for a place on the programme.

For 2020/21, 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 graduate.
2. Settings that already employ a LINC graduate and have over 22 ECCE-aged children attending.*
3. All other settings.

*as registered with Pobal in September 2020