REMINDER – LINC DEADLINE – 28TH JULY – (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services)


KCCC would like to remind all Early Childhood Services that the LINC (Inclusion Officer Training for Early Years Services) Programme is open for application at present.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 PM on Thursday, July 28th.

Places are limited!  Get your applications in on time to be in with a chance of participating in the course.


For more details, please see the information below received from the LINC Team.

We are pleased to inform you the application system is now available for the new Leadership for Inclusion programme (LINC) introduced by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs under the Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM).  As you will likely receive some queries from early years settings, we hope the information below, and that available on the website, is helpful to you.  LINC is a level 6 special purpose award designed to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in early childhood care and education settings through the development of the role of Inclusion Coordinator.  LINC is the only programme approved by the DCYA to meet the requirements of the position of Inclusion Coordinator.  The appointment of a graduate of the LINC programme to the position of Inclusion Coordinator will result in the awarding of an extra €2 capitation per ECCE child.


What does LINC involve?

LINC comprises six modules (60 credits) and will be delivered via blended learning (online and classroom sessions) over one year.  There will be one Saturday session required per module plus one Saturday orientation session, therefore attendance is required for seven Saturdays, in total, over the year.  The programme will run in nine centres each year over four years, with 100 places available in each centre: 900 places available annually.  Centres for this first year of the programme will be located in: Castlebar, Cork, Dublin North; Dublin West/South, Kildare, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Tralee.  Please see here for more information on the programme content.  Please note that participants in the programme will receive a one-time contribution of €200 towards costs.


Who is eligible to apply?

Early years settings participating in the ECCE programme, with a current DCYA number, are eligible to nominate one registered practitioner employed by the setting to participate in the programme. We have had some queries about this and it should be noted that the 2015/16 ECCE contract remains in force and will not be deactivated until August (precise date to be confirmed).  As such, services remain under contract at the present time and can nominate an employee for the LINC programme. The nominated staff member must hold, at minimum, a level 5 major award in a relevant area and must be willing to take on the role of Inclusion Coordinator following graduating from the programme.


What is the role of Inclusion Coordinator?

The role of the Inclusion Coordinator is to provide leadership within the early years setting in relation to issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.  This could involve:

  • Supporting the service to complete and regularly review its Inclusion Policy;
  • Cascading learning throughout the staff in the service so as to foster an inclusive culture;
  • Disseminating information on AIM, as well as on inclusion more generally, to parents;
  • Assisting with applications for supports under AIM and liaising, where necessary, with the National Early Years Specialist Service (Access and Inclusion);
  • Working closely with parents and other professionals in cases where a child has a complex disability which requires more targeted supports / additional assistance.

Please see AIM for more information on the role of Inclusion Coordinator.


How to apply?

In order to apply, settings must be participating in the ECCE programme and hold a current DCYA number.  The following information is required upon application:

  • Setting details (name, id number and contact numbers)
  • Candidate details (name, contact details including personal email address, address, PPS number, date of birth, gender, nationality, UL/Mary Immaculate College ID number if they attended either UL or MIC before, their highest qualification and the last educational institute they attended)
  • Full details of candidate’s relevant qualification at Level 5 or above (e.g. name of educational institute, awarding body, date started, date completed, qualification level, award title, modules/components completed, brief description of subjects)
  • A copy (e.g. scan/photo) of the candidate’s certificate
  • A nomination letter (e.g. scan/photo) for the candidate on headed paper, signed by the setting manager
  • Up to three centre locations, in order of preference, where your candidate could undertake this training must be chosen

Please see here for more information on how to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 PM on Thursday, July 28th.

Please feel free to contact us on 061 204545 or email if you have any questions.  We also attach a concise document of the most frequently asked questions, which may be of help to you.   However, it is important to note, the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website here contains extensive information and is worth reviewing.