Working in Early Childhood and completing this qualification with First Door is life changing.

You will be supported to grow in confidence, knowledge and skills as an Early Childhood educator - so you can be a part of seeing each child flourish.

This is Australia’s nationally recognised qualification for people starting their career as educators, to work in Early Childhood and Outside School Hours Care services. The Certificate lll course supports your learning with the required practical workplace experience, and is a gateway to further career and study opportunities. 

Government financial support

Student payments for studying Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

There are three main student payments available from Services Australia to complete this qualification with First Door. These are:

  • Youth allowance - for people under 25 years
  • Austudy - for people over 25 years
  • Abstudy - for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples

See more details here about Student payments

Becoming a qualified Educator

When you study with First Door, you will learn to support children to:

  • feel good about themselves and to treat others with care and respect
  • feel like they belong - to be connected with others and contribute to their world
  • have wellbeing - to manage their feelings, to have friends and to be healthy
  • become confident and involved learners
  • be able to communicate effectively with others

You will also be empowered to work effectively and positively with children, families and colleagues in an Early Childhood and Care setting, using the Early Years Learning Framework to guide practice.

The First Door difference

At First Door, we believe each child deserves your best. So that makes us super-committed to supporting you with inspired learning, helpful resources and mentoring. 
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Download our EDUCATORS GUIDE for full information about studying the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course with First Door.

No matter where you live in Australia, we inspire and support you with:

A personal mentor 

You will have a regular mentoring meeting with your mentor to discuss each current unit, within specific workplace locations. Meetings are arranged by zoom or phone if you are out of these locations.
Your First Door mentor is industry experienced and a qualified trainer and assessor. 

Workplace Related Assessment

First Door has designed an assessment workbook for each unit of study to make assessment questions and activities relevant to workplace experiences.

Supported learning with inspiring resources and interactive Zoom workshops

  • You'll have access to resources that showcase best practice as an Educator, for each unit through our eLearning student portal. Our video tutorials and assessment guides mean you can revisit information in your own time and pace.
  • We have an Zoom workshop for each unit. Join with other students in shared learning and conversations together. These workshops break down the unit information and we discuss the assessment case study together. 

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. 

The Flexi plan suits students that are self-motivated and prefer flexibility to set their own assesment due dates.

 The Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course is to be completed within two years from enrolment date. Thirteen of these units are able to be credit transferred towards the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Completion of the Diploma course prepares you for leadership roles within Early Childhood centres and Outside School Hours Care services.

Choose either full time or part time course to suit you

Full time course

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. Our full time course is paced for students to undertake completing two units per month. Contact us, to find out more information about First Door's nine month, full time course.

Part time course

The part time course is is suitable for most students with more limited time available for study, and is generally paced for you to complete one unit per month. Part time students start the relevant unit that commences following enrolment and a training plan is built from your start date.

Enrol now and get started!

You can get started in our Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course now! First Door supports new students to enrol at any point of the year from mid January to mid December. 

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


How much will the course cost? Fee paying and QLD Government funded options

First Door qualifies for Government funding for our Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course. We have four Government funded options for Queensland residents:

1. School based traineeship 

  • If you are a Year 10 - Year 11 Queensland school student, find out more about starting our fee-free School based traineeships here.
  • Total course fees: $0

2. Year 12 Graduate Fee-free

  • If you are a Year 12 graduate in Queensland, within one year of finishing Year 12, you can apply for Year 12 Graduate Fee-free funding.
  • Using this funding, the CHC30113 Certificate lll course units are fee-free so you pay $175 enrolment fee only.

3. Free traineeships for under 21s

Free traineeships, 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 traineeship in the Certificate lll in 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 traineeship.

4. Certificate 3 Guarantee

  • If you are starting your career in Early Childhood, are a school leaver, and/or completed Year 12 more then 12 months ago, apply for Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G).
  • You must not hold a Certificate 3 level qualification, or higher. 
  • With C3G funding, your unit fees will be reduced to $25 per unit plus an enrolment fee of $175. 

Find out if you are eligible for Government funding hereFurther fee exemptions can apply, see our Fees and Policies information 

'Easy-pay' monthly fee payment

First Door has an 'easy-pay' monthly fee payment system. An automatic monthly payment of your course fees is paid from your debit or credit card.
The terms and arrangements are detailed in your personalised fees payment agreement with First Door.
For students that are not eligible for Government funding, the fee is $195 per unit. 

For full information, please contact us or see our Fees and Policies information 

Enrol in the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

Download an enrolment form here to complete and return to us.