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 and personal mentoring.

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

Reduce your course fees with our Government funded Early Childhood course

First Door qualifies for Government funding for our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. Through Government funding your fees can be reduced to $25 per unit, or if you are a Year 12 graduate within one year of finishing Year 12 you are eligible to study for free. Find out if you qualify for Government funding here

Note: Further fee exemptions to $10 per unit apply if you have a Health Care Card, or are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. You are also able to apply for full fee exemption from Student Contribution fees if payment of these would cause you extreme financial hardship.

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


Our Course Structure

We suport you through the 28 units that form the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and group these units into four related parts:

  • Part 1: Provide child focused care and education
  • Part 2: Foster and support holistic development
  • Part 3: Inclusion and diversity
  • Part 4: Leadership and professional practice

 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 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.