The AIM Level 1 application process for the increased Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) capitation has now opened on Hive for services with new graduates of the Leadership for INClusion (LINC) programme.

A ‘new graduate’ refers to any participant graduating in October 2022.  AIM Level 1 is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) in recognition of the leadership and mentoring role that will be delivered by the LINC Co-ordinator during the 2022/2023 pre-school year. Applications for AIM Level 1 are completed each year on Hive, and applications for existing graduates (those who graduated in previous years) opened on 4 August 2022.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.  Applications received by 5pm on Friday 28 October 2022 will be awarded the additional capitation from the Inclusion Co-ordinator’s employment start date relevant to the 2022/23 programme year.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as any applications received after this date will not be backdated. 

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Early Years HIVE.  Applicant guidelines can be found here.
Should you have any queries in relation to the AIM Level 1 application process please contact the Early Years Provider Centre by raising a Request on HIVE using the following categories:

  • Programme: AIM Level 1
  • Request type: Application
  • Request type detail: How To 


The Early Years Team

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