Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme wins Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme has won the prestigious Jennifer Burke Award – an annual accolade which recognises and rewards innovative practice in the areas of teaching and learning within Ireland (see

The LINC Programme is a one-year, Level 6 Special Purpose award delivered by a consortium led by Mary Immaculate College, which includes Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University-Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education. The course is designed to facilitate practising early years’ educators in promoting the inclusion of children with additional needs.

In September 2018, Peter Lang Oxford will be publishing Autism from the Inside Out: A Handbook for Parents, Early Childhood, Primary, Post-Primary and Special School Settings, a key text underpinning this award-winning programme. The volume editors are Patricia Daly, Emer Ring and Eugene Wall of Mary Immaculate College.

Congratulations to everybody involved with the LINC Programme!



From left to right: Neil Ryan, Education Technologist, Mary Immaculate College; Emer Ring, Head of Department of Reflective Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies at Mary Immaculate College; Fintan Breen, National Co-ordinator of the LINC Programme; Seona Stapleton, Educational Technologist, Mary Immaculate College.

LINC award snap





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