Completing your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door brings you so much more than 'a qualification'.

With First Door, you'll be supported to be your best professionally, so you can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.

We believe each child deserves your best, so we are committed to supporting you to become confident, knowledgeable and skilled in your mighty role as an Early Childhood professional. You'll have a personal mentor throughout your course to support your success.

Take a look at our EDUCATORS GUIDE here, for information about completing the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door.


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 video tutorials and resources for each unit of study
  • video assessment guides for each unit to explain each assessment task in more detail
  • support and guidance through a phone/zoom meeting for each unit with your personal mentor 
  • practical assessments so you can put your learning into practice as you complete each assessment workbook
  • constructive guidance on your assessment work within two weeks of submitting it
  • interactions with students completing the same unit

Brisbane based workshops for each unit of study

Join with other Early Childhood educators in our engaging, five-hour workshops at our North Brisbane venue. You'll engage in learning and experiences to reflect on your current understanding and be inspired towards best practices.


Queensland Government funded options

Free apprenticeships for under 21s

Free apprenticeships, exempt from all course fees and student contribution fees, are now available with First Door to all young people under 21 years starting a Queensland apprenticeship in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This initiative commenced on 1st July 2019 until 30 June 2023, and remains in place until the apprentice completes their apprenticeship. Contact us for more information.

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.

For full information of fee options, see our Fees and Policies information 


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.


Structured or Flexi Training Plans

Our structured plan provides students with a monthly timetable to work through course unit/s each month. The structured training plan has unit start dates and due dates to assist students to stay focused and motivated.

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. 


Where will we take you?First Door is an inspirational team

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care prepares you for leadership roles in Early Childhood services. It's Australia’s Nationally recognised qualification for educators and leaders working in Early Childhood, and Outside School Hours Education and Care services.

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 children, 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


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


Enrol in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
We look forward to supporting you through the enrolment and study process. 
Download an enrolment form here to complete and return to us.