As a means of supporting participants on AIM related training and CPD, DCCC have developed an information library which houses recommended key texts for the LINC and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training programmes.
LINC Training Programme
What is the LINC training programme?
The LINC (Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years) programme is a Level 6 Special Purpose Award (Higher Education), which is required for staff in early childhood settings to perform the role of Inclusion Coordinator. The Inclusion Coordinator is to become a central role within early childhood settings, responsible for the coordination and supervision of other staff in relation to inclusive practice.
What does the course cover?
The course covers 6 modules including: Child Development, Inclusion in early childhood settings: Concepts and Strategies, Curriculum for Inclusion, Promoting Collaborative Practice for Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education, Leadership for Inclusion and a Portfolio Module.
How will completion of this course enhance children’s learning and development experiences?
Participation in the LINC training programme will equip Early Educators with the key competences to support the participation of children with special educational needs in the early childhood setting.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Programme
What is the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Programme?
The programme centres around the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education. The course is facilitated by DCCC.
It explores a wide variety of challenges facing early childhood services today, that can inhibit or prevent services operating in a fully inclusive manner. Challenges such as prejudice, real representation of all children in an early childhood service and strategies to promote inclusive practice are all explored.
What does the course cover?
The course will explore the key issues surrounding Diversity and Equality and promote good practice in terms of supporting Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in an early childhood setting. It will support educators in developing an inclusion policy for their setting.
DCCC will deliver Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training on an ongoing basis throughout the county.
Check out the DCCC Training and Events Calendar for future dates and booking details.
How will the completion of this course enhance children’s learning and development experiences?
Completion of this course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to encourage opportunities for all children to thrive in early education through the promotion of positive identities and abilities, the celebration of diversity and difference in an inclusive, participative culture and environment.
What resources will support training participants?
During the DEI training programme, a book audit is carried out to encourage early educators to explore the messages portrayed in the books provided to children within early childhood services. Some key children’s books, which explore topics such as being different, gender, family structure and varying abilities of children, used as part of this element of the programme are available through the DCCC loan library for participants who’ve completed the DEI programme.
Packs containing the books used in the Diversity Equality and Inclusion Programme are available for participants who have completed this course. These can be borrowed and taken out to promote Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the early childhood setting.
How do you borrow these books?
- Call into the DCCC office: 10-11 St Columbas Tce, High Road, Letterkenny or call 07491-23442 in advance to confirm availability.
- You can give your details and borrow the books you require for up to 2 weeks at a time.
- If the book is not required by another person, you may apply to borrow the books again for a further 2 weeks.