5. (NEW) LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion

The partners in the LINC Consortium wish to recognise and highlight some of the great work occurring across the country in relation to the inclusion of all children within the early years.

5. (NEW) LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion

Information and Criteria

The partners in the LINC Consortium (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 in relation to the inclusion of all children within the early years. Focusing 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 embodies the aims of the LINC Programme to include all children. Nominated services will have appointed an INCO who is a LINC Programme graduate and will be able to give examples as to how they’ve implemented learning from the LINC Programme, in line with Aistear: The National Curriculum Framework and Síolta: The National Quality Framework and utilising the Competency Framework ‘Reflections for Inclusion’.

 

Consent
Early Childhood Ireland will be exhibiting the winners of this award on our website and these stories may also be used in our research, training, and publications. Therefore, we need to have permission from children, parents and staff appearing in any photographs submitted.

Click to download the relevant consent forms:

The relevant consent forms are be completed for each person appearing in the photographs in the submission.

 

How to apply 

We would like you to use the nomination form to tell the story of why this Early Years Service deserves to be awarded the LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion 2019.  Use the following criteria when describing your story (up to 750 words – words maximum)

  • Inclusive Culture: the submission demonstrates that the service has a culture of inclusion, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework. (25 marks)
  • Inclusive Practice: the submission demonstrates that the service has good practice and includes all children, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework. (25 marks)
  • Inclusive Pedagogy: the submission demonstrates that the service has an inclusive pedagogy, focusing on the reflections outlined within the Reflections for Inclusion competency framework. (25 marks)
  • Leadership: the submission demonstrates how the service has led the implementation of inclusion culture, practice and pedagogy within their service and/or how they are leaders of inclusion within the sector. (25 marks)

To make your application, please download and complete:

These forms are to be submitted by email to lincaward@earlychildhoodireland.ie with the subject: LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion: 

or by post to:
LINC Award for Leadership in Inclusion
Early Childhood Ireland,
Hainault House,
Belgard Sq. Sth.,
Tallaght,
Dublin
D24RFVO

 

Nomination forms will be accepted from 1 December 2018 until the closing date 28th February 2019.

 

Please note: 
Nominations/applications will not be accepted until we receive the necessary consent forms and the consent submission form. If we receive an application without consent forms and/or completed consent submission form, we will delete the application from our system and ask the sender to re-submit with relevant consent forms/consent submission form.  At the end of the award judging process, all unsuccessful applications/nominations will be deleted from our system.

 

Eligibility

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

The service must be a member of Early Childhood Ireland

 

Judging and selection

For information on the judging process, please click here

 

Recognising Excellence

The prize for the winner of this prestigious award will be presented at the Early Childhood Ireland Awards night in April 2019.  Along with formal certificate of recognition, a monetary prize will be presented to the winning service, to recognise their achievement.

 

Timeline of the Award Process

1 December 2018 Nominations accepted now
28 February 2019 Nominations closed
24 March 2019 Shortlist Nominees will be contacted
12 April 2019 Winner will be announced at the National Awards Evening

 

The winner of this Award will be profiled across National and Regional media in addition to LINC and Early Childhood Ireland’s magazine, website and social media.

If you have any queries about this award and the process, please contact Debbie Mullen at dmullen@earlychildhoodireland.ie or 087 653 6933.

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