Leadership for Inclusion Award sponsored by LINC 2021 2021 2021
Shortlisted Entries - Early Childhood LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion
The shortlisted entries for the Early Childhood LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion are:
• Maxine Ryan
Clare Family Resource Centre, Ennis, Co Clare.
• Louise Boyle
Ardfinnan Community Playschool, Lady’s Abbey, Ardfinnan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
• Corrine Kane
Saimer Community Childcare, The Rock, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
• Anne Macken & Maeve O’Connor
Happy Days Ballyporeen Childcare, Ballyporeen, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
Watch the above video to find out which of our shortlisted entries has won and see their reaction to the news!
Early Childhood Ireland
National Annual Awards
Leadership for Inclusion Award sponsored by LINC
The LINC Consortium partners (Mary Immaculate College, Early Childhood Ireland, and Maynooth University – Froebel Department) wish to recognise and highlight some of the great work occurring across the country concerning the inclusion of all children within early learning and care services. This award focuses on the pillars of Inclusive Culture, Inclusive Practice, and Inclusive Pedagogy which are the foundation of the LINC Programme.
The award seeks to recognise a service that exemplifies the aims of the LINC Program which support the inclusion of all children in early learning and care services. Services that have appointed an INCO, who is a LINC Programme graduate will be able to give examples as to how they have implemented learning from the LINC Programme, in line with Aistear: The National Curriculum Framework and Síolta: The National Quality Framework while utilising the Competency Framework ‘Reflections for Inclusion’. As this is a LINC award, services who have appointed a LINC Graduate as an Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) are eligible to be nominated for this award.
As this is a LINC award, services who have appointed a LINC Graduate as an Inclusion Coordinator (INCO) are eligible to be nominated.
Every application will be judged using the criteria established for that award
Criteria for Short-listing and Judging – Leadership for Inclusion Award sponsored by LINC
Please use the following criteria headings on your application form to demonstrate that your service:
Inclusive Culture: how your setting practices a culture of inclusion, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework
Inclusive Practice: how your setting implements good practice and is inclusive of all children, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework.
Inclusive Pedagogy: how your setting operates an inclusive pedagogy, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework
Leadership: how your service has implemented and led a culture of inclusion, practice and pedagogy and/or how they are leaders of inclusion within the sector
Documentation and Supporting Evidence requirements
- The maximum word limit is 1000 words.
- Award entries must be factually accurate.
- Supportive evidence may include for e.g., relevant photographs, artwork but is not essential.
- A completed application form. (all documents to be uploaded in word format only and not pdf)
- A signed Declaration.
- Photograph submission form.
- Consents for all photographs included (photographs will not be accepted without appropriate consents).
Resources to support you in applying for this award
- Early Childhood Ireland LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion (Winner) – YouTube
- Reflections on Inclusion Framework.pdf
- National Annual Awards FAQ
Key dates for your diary
19 April 2021
31 May 2021
Award Winners announced
8 October 2021
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Early Childhood Ireland Leadership for Inclusion Award sponsored by LINC