"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. So that you can work as an educator, in Early Childhood and Outside School Hours Care services. The Certificate lll course supports you to put your learning into practice, with the required practical workplace experience.

Enrolling with First Door and completing this qualification is a gateway to gaining employment, and to further career and study opportunities.

Becoming a qualified Educator 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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We inspire and support you with:

A personal mentor to support your learning

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. 

Interactive Zoom workshops and inspiring resources

  • 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 a Zoom workshop for each unit to 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. 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.

Workplace related assessment

First Door has designed an assessment workbook for each unit of study to make assessment tasks relevant to workplace experiences - so you become confident and capable as an educator.

Choose either full time or part time course to suit you

Course duration

The Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care course is to be completed within two years from enrolment date. Most students that are working and studying part time are able to complete the course within 18 months.
Thirteen of these units are able to be credit transferred towards the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Full time course

Our full time course suits e.g. school leavers or people on a career change that are able to commit to completing two units each month, with the required workplace hours. Contact us to find out more information about our nine month, full time course.

Part time course

The part time course is for most students with more limited time available for study, and is generally paced for you to complete one unit per month. 

Enrol now and get started now!

First Door supports new students to enrol at any point of the year.

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.

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Government financial support

Study payments for 'full time' study in Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

See more details about eligibility requirements for STUDENT PAYMENTS

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 - $0 course fees
2. Year 12 Graduate Fee-free - $0 course fees 
3. Free traineeships for under 25s - $0 course fees
4. Certificate 3 Guarantee - Student contribution fee is payable - up to $25 per unit

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How much will my course cost?

'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 $230 per unit. 

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Enrol here: your next step towards a rewarding career

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