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48 Childcare Providers In Kildare Graduated From 'Leadership for Inclusion Higher Education Programme'

: 12/03/2017 - 15:47

There are currently 48 childcare providers in Kildare that have graduated from the Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) higher education programme.

The programme, a level 6 Special Purpose Award, is designed to support the inclusion of children with a disability in free pre-school provided under the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme.  It is part of the government's Access and Inclusion Model and was launched in 2016.

The large urban centres of Ireland have the highest numbers of childcarers with the qualification, with Dublin having the most at 127, followed by Cork on 107.

847 early years practitioners graduated from the LINC programme in October 2017 and the breakdown by county is given in the table provided:

County    No. Of LINC Graduates

Carlow    11
Cavan    5
Clare    37
Cork     106
Donegal    53
Dublin     127
Galway    38
Kerry    53
Kildare    48
Kilkenny    19
Laois    20
Leitrim    8
Limerick    75
Longford    5
Louth    17
Mayo    27
Meath    29
Monaghan    13
Offaly    10
Roscommon    19
Sligo    19
Tipperary    27
Waterford    21
Westmeath    17
Wexford    28
Wicklow    15
Total    847

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