Cover Educators Guide 2017 Page 01The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is Australia’s Nationally recognised qualification for educators and leaders working in Early Childhood and Outside School Hours Education and Care services. 

Develop your professional knowledge and practical skills with First Door's interactive, Brisbane based Diploma course, including engaging workshops at our North Brisbane venue and personal mentoring.
First Door also facilitates Flexible eLearning throughout Australia to support your professional learning in Early Childhood career qualifications, no matter where you live.

Download our EDUCATORS GUIDE here for full information about completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door 

Pay only $25 per unit with Higher Level Skills Government funding

  • Are you a Queensland resident and have you left/completed school?
  • Are you unqualified with no Nationally recognised qualifications, OR
  • Are you qualified to Certificate lll level and no higher? 

If YES, double check the eligibility criteria to find out if you qualify for Government funding here

Note: Further fee exemptions can apply. See our Fees and Policies information 

The First Door difference

At First Door, we believe each child deserves your best. We are committed to ensuring your learning experience and resources are relevant and meaningful to provide you with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be an Early Childhood professional. 

Flexible eLearning

First Door facilitates Flexible eLearning to students throughout Australia.  We partner with you to be your best professionally, no matter where you live in Australia, with:

  • inspiring and helpful resources and assessment guides for each unit of study
  • interactions and collaboration with students completing the same unit
  • zoom meetings with your personal mentor to share information
  • study support
  • practical assessments so you can put your learning into practice as you complete each assessment workbook

Structured or Flexi Training Plans

Our structured plan provides students with a monthly timetable to work through course unit/s each month from January/February to November. The structured training plan has unit start dates and due dates to assist students to stay focused and motivated. If you live in Brisbane and nearby surrounds, you will enjoy participating in regular, inspiring workshops to start each unit and to engage with other educators focusing on best practices.

The Flexi plan suits students that prefer self-paced learning and/or are eligible for credit transfers or RPL course units, and are highly self-motivated. A flexi training plan gives you freedom to set your own assesment due dates, in collaboration with your personal mentor. 

Become a Lead Educator

When you partner in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door, you will:

  • learn how to foster and support children's holistic development in the five learning outcomes
  • be empowered to work effectively and positively with hicldren, families and colleagues in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting
  • be equipped to follow legislation, service policies and use the National Quality Framework to guide your practice
  • establish an understanding of inclusive practices including diversity and cultural competence
  • be inspired towards continuous improvement
  • learn skills to become a leader to inspire quality and professional practice within your team


Study Part time or Full time to suit your life

Our full time course suits school leavers, educators working part time, or people on a career change that are able to commit to completing the course and the required workplace hours on a full time basis. Contact us, to find out more information about First Door's full time course.

The part time course is paced for you to complete one unit per month, if you are working longer hours or full time. First Door has rolling enrolment for our part time course for when it suits you to get started, at any point of the year from January to November. Part time students start the relevant unit that commences following enrolment and a training plan is built from your start date. 

The full course of units for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is to be completed within three years from the enrolment date. Our students are able to complete the Diploma course in one or two years, if they are studying full time and/or have already completed the Certificate III in ECEC qualification. 

Please note: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is not a prerequisite for the Diploma of early Childhood Education and Care course.


Graduating & Future Doors


Graduating with First Door is a celebration event not to be missed. The graduation ceremony is held at the end of November each year for graduating students. Each student is able to have up to three guests to share this event.

University Pathway Options

Credit toward the following degree programs is available to graduates of the Diploma course. Students must apply for University entry through QTAC.

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Science


To enrol

We are here to help you through the enrolment and study process.

To enrol download an enrolment form to complete and return to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.