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Minister Zappone announces up to 1,150 free places on the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Higher Education Programme

Up to 1,150 free training places are being made available to pre-school practitioners to ensure their pre-school services are inclusive and accessible to children with disabilities, according to 19875672 1337059526348124 484620879276509836 n
the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

Applications opened on 4 March 2019 for the fourth intake onto the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme for pre-school practitioners which will commence this September. The LINC programme is a key initiative under the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) for pre-school children.

The LINC programme is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It is delivered by a consortium, led by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University’s Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education.

Welcoming the announcement of the fourth intake onto the LINC programme, the Minister said:

‘At the heart of AIM is the fostering of an inclusive culture and inclusive practices within pre-schools which, once embedded, will be sustained. For this reason a significant part of AIM focuses on training, upskilling and mentoring staff to enhance their skills and confidence to support children with disabilities. There is a strong focus in the LINC programme on the education of inclusion leaders within services, who will provide leadership and mentoring within their own services and in this way, support wider and longer-lasting improvements in practice.’

Across the country, over 1,250 graduates from the first two years of the programme are now performing a new leadership role of Inclusion Coordinator within their pre-school setting. This attracts an increase in the rate of ECCE capitation payable to that setting. LINC graduates also meet the educational requirement to perform the role of ECCE room leader within their pre-school setting.

LINC’s National Programme Coordinator, Mr Fintan Breen, outlined how the LINC programme contains online and classroom based sessions in order to ensure a flexible and quality learning experience, enabling pre-school practitioners in full-time employment to participate in the programme. He added that LINC is an award-winning programme, having recently won the Student Engagement and Communications Award at the Education Awards 2019 which represents the third award for the LINC programme since it was established in 2016. The Access and Inclusion Model has also won a number of national awards.

The application deadline for applying for a place on the LINC programme is Thursday, 4 April 2019 and further information on how to apply can be found on

Transitions from Preschool to Primary School

The National Parents Council are hosting a Transitions from Preschool to Primary School training on Thursday 4th April in The Tullamore Court Hotel at 7pm.

On the night parents will also meet representatives from the County Childcare Committee, AIM (Access and Inclusion Model) and NCSE (National Council for Special Education).

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Transitions 2019

PIP Announcements

  • Aistear & Play CPDPobalLogo

All expression of interest forms for the Aistear & Play CPD must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB today (28th February 2019).

Any forms submitted after this, will not be accepted.


  • CCS/CCSP Provisional Registrations
Where a registration has been approved but no band awarded, this is because the DEASP database could not verify parent entitlement & HSE database could not validate a medical card/GPVC. A note will be put in the status comment of the registration outlining same and requesting that documents be attached by way of appeal.
If the service does not appeal within one month Pobal will decline these registrations.

Up Coming Triple P Workshops

Triple P are running a FREE group programme for all parents of 2 – 10 year olds. The group programme gives parents tips and strategies on how to cope positively with the challenges of Triple P March 2019
raising children….especially dealing with behaviour.

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019
Time: 10am – 12noon
Venue: Sub Project, Youth Café, Main Street, Birr

Please find attached a poster of all the programmes coming up in the Birr/Clara area’s in the coming months.

If you would like further information on Triple P or the programmes they offer, please don’t hesitate in contacting Tracey on 087 7041999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Higher Capitation Information

Higher Capitation Information:  Please note that Early Years Services should notify Pobal of any changes that may affect their Higher Capitation award throughout the year. This will ensure PobalLogo
that each Service Provider receives their full entitlement. Particular care should be taken in relation to staffing arrangements and FTEs as per below:

Staff Amendments

Ø Errors:  The Provider should amend any incorrect staff details on the application, and then resubmit the form to Pobal for review.

Ø Changes (Due to absence or cessation of employment)

If a staff member:

· Is absent for a period of more than four weeks
· Commences Maternity Leave
· Ceases employment entirely

Then the Provider should amend the ‘Staff Qualifications’ section of the application as follows:

- ‘Staff Status’ for the relevant employee should be changed to ‘No longer working here’
- ‘End date’ for the relevant employee should be changed to show the last date of attendance (as with registrations, this should be input as a Friday)
- The form should then be resubmitted to Pobal for review

F.T.E. Amendments

Ø Errors:  The Provider should amend any incorrect staff details on the application, and then resubmit the form to Pobal for review.

Ø Changes (Due to child leaving or joining ECCE):  Services offering a mixture of both Higher Capitation and Standard Capitation Sessions must keep Pobal updated of any changes to weekly FTE as they occur. Service Providers should complete an F.T.E. Amendment Form and submit to Pobal at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pobal will then review and update the Higher Capitation award as necessary.

Please note that Services offering Higher Capitation Sessions only are not required to update Pobal re: changes to FTE.

Supporting Quality Childcare in Offaly

Offaly County Childcare Committee support the development of quality, affordable, inclusive, accessible childcare and family friendly services for all children in every part of the county.

Offaly County Childcare Committee has been meeting since May 2001 and is made up of representatives from the statutory sector, social partners, community groups, voluntary groups, the Community and Voluntary Forum, National Voluntary Children's Organisations, providers of childcare, and parents - all of whom have a vested interest in childcare provision in the county.

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