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The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) Consortium has been awarded a tender by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to continue its delivery of a specialist level 6 higher education programme for practising early childhood educators working in early learning and care (ELC) settings across Ireland. The contract is worth 3.6 million over the next three years, with the option of a one-year extension.

Minister O’Gorman, TD,  Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, welcomed the continuation of the LINC Programme for another 3 years, stating that ‘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. Its continuation is a clear sign of my Department’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture to help all children to reap the benefits of quality early learning and care. In addition to providing for the training of a further 1,890 Inclusion Coordinators over the next 3 years, I am particularly pleased that my Department is for the first time going to support ongoing CPD opportunities for qualified Inclusion Coordinators’.

More information may be found here on the Linc Website.