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Leadership for Inclusion in Early Years (LINC) Programme opens for applications from 19/04/2021

19 April 2021

The Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme is set to open for applications next week (19/04/2021). LINC is a free higher education Level 6 programme designed to enhance and support the inclusion of children with additional needs in Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings and graduates of the programme can take up a leadership role of Inclusion Coordinator within their ELC setting.

The LINC Programme will be delivered wholly online for the 2021/2022 academic year and this will ensure that eligible staff who work in full-time employment will be able to engage with the programme.
The application deadline for the LINC Programme is the 14th of May 2021 and further information on how to apply can be found on

Welcoming the announcement of the sixth intake onto the LINC programme, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., said:

“The LINC Programme has been a key contributor to the success of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) in supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in the ECCE programme. I am hugely appreciative of the excellent work of the LINC team at MIC and of the commitment of early learning and care practitioners in fostering an inclusive culture in their services. The impact of the LINC programme since its inception has been extremely positive and I encourage practitioners to avail of this opportunity.”