Wendy Boyd PhD (QUT), MEd(SCU), DipEd(ECE)(SKTC), BSc(UNSW). 

Dr Wendy Boyd joined Southern Cross University in February 2009 as a Lecturer in the
School of Education. Her professional expertise lies in the field of early childhood
education and care which has taken her into research in this field. She completed her PhD
in 2011, the title of which was Parent decisions regarding paid work and care of the
child. Wendy has published and presented from her PhD, and collaborated to publish
research involving pre-service teachers' attitudes to child care, early childhood
education for sustainability, and advocacy of pre-service teachers in the field of early
childhood. Her approach to teaching of pre-service early childhood teachers has been
recognised through the award of a 2011 Vice Chancellor's Citation Award for
Excellence in Teaching. In 25 years of early childhood professional experience, Wendy led
a large staff team to consistently achieve the highest ratings in the early childhood
Quality Improvement and Accreditation System. Wendy is highly regarded in the early
childhood field and is the President of ECA (NSW) North Coast Branch, actively advocating
for universal access to high quality early childhood education and care for children and
their families. 

Journal articles


Learning from early childhood philosophy, theory and pedagogy: inspiring effective art education (with Alexandra Cutcher), Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (2015)


The propensity of a science-based discipline towards surface learning compared to the arts - a fresh look at two cultures (with Warren Lake and William E. Boyd), Creative Education (2015)

The propensity of science students towards surface and deep learning approaches was investigated to determine...



Feeling good about teaching mathematics: addressing anxiety amongst pre-service teachers (with Alan Foster, Jubilee Smith, and William E. Boyd), Creative Education (2014)

Research regarding pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards teaching mathematics has revealed that many pre-service teachers experience...



Learning about and taking action for the environment: experiences of children and teachers who participated in a preschool water education program (with Melinda G. Miller, Julie M. Davis, and Susan Danby), Children, Youth and Environments (2014)

Water education and conservation programs have grown exponentially in Australian primary and secondary schools and,...



Parents’ Choices of Child Care in Australia, New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education Journal (2014)

Little is known about how parents make decisions about care for their child, especially first-time...





Young children's play and environmental education in early childhood education (with Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Susan Edwards, and Deborah Moore), (2014)

Book chapters

Language development for pre-schoolers, Contemporary issues in Australian literacy teaching (2012)

Comparing early childhood education and care across Australia (with Joanne Ailwood), School of Education Papers (2007)


To work or not to work: Changes in the intentions to return to work amongst first-time mothers (with Prue Millear and Karen Thorpe), European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (2012)

Children's agency and participation in a water awareness program in early childhood centres in Australia, Explore, experience, educate: the 6th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) (2011)

This paper reports on an evaluation of this program, which was a qualitative study that...


Policies to support maternal employment and care for the child: what does the research tell us?, Social policy in a complex world: Australian Social Policy Conference (2011)

Continual increase in maternal employment in Australia over the past three decades has focused attention...


Maternal employment and satisfaction with care (with Karen Thorpe), Sustaining families in challenging times: the 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference (2010)

A continual increase in maternal employment in Australia over the past three decades has focused...



A report on the impact and potential of water education in early childhood care and education settings (with Julie Davis, Melinda Miller, and Megan Gibson), School of Education Papers (2008)