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. 

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.

Support for you to flourish: The First Door difference

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. 

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Take a look at our EDUCATORS COURSE GUIDE  
for full information about course options and studying with First Door

Flexible eLearning to students throughout Australia

We support you to be your best professionally throughout the course, with a personal mentor and:

  • welcome meeting/s and access to a foundation eLearning course
  • inspiring and helpful video tutorials and resources for each unit of study
  • Zoom workshops with students completing the same unit to overview key content and discuss the assessment case study
  • 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
  • video assessment guides for each unit to explain each assessment task in more detail
  • helpful feedback and guidance on your assessment work, within two weeks of submitting it

How much will my course cost? 

Queensland Government funded options Skills Assure CMYK

First Door is a Skills Assure Supplier for Government subsidised funding for our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course.

We have four options of Government funding for eligible Queensland residents, including APPRENTICESHIP training.

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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. 

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Course duration

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. Generally most students complete one unit per month, and the course has 28 units.

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

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

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We look forward to supporting you through the enrolment and study process.