Teaching and Research Staff

Belinda Downey

B.Ed (EC) (with honours)

Associate Lecturer in Education
Building 1431 Office 2.28

Belinda has taught across a broad range of age groups and programs in regional NSW and in Darwin, NT. Her initial focus was primary teaching, she then began working in a long day care service teaching birth-3years, later becoming a director in the long day care sector. This led to a role in University that included early childhood pedagogy, professionalism and professional experience coordination. Belinda returned to the early childhood sector and most recently worked as educational leader in a community based preschool.

Belinda understands the nuances of professional experience from both sides. She advocates for the voice of the children, families and community in the early childhood sector. Her knowledge and experience is around reflective, pedagogical, intentional, global and practical leadership in early childhood services.

Belinda’s research focus highlights the importance of quality early childhood education, the historical and political precedents of the early childhood sector in Australia and the influence this has on the unique pressures early childhood educators experience within their profession and their role. She is passionate about supporting educators’ and children's social and emotional regulation and well-being in regards to coping with everyday stress and anxiety.

Publications and project work

Downey, B. (nd). A Cinderella Profession? Are [in]visible gendered and cultural discourses surrounding the early childhood education and care sector influencing early childhood educators' constructions of their profession? Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

McFarland-Piazza, L., Lord, A., Smith, M. and Downey, B. (2012). The role of community-based playgroups in building relationships between pre-service teachers, families and the community. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(2):34-41.

Charles Darwin University & Catholic Education NT (2010) Strong Foundations Literacy and Numeracy Pilot Project – Wadeye. CDU: NT.

Bowes, J., Kitson, R., Simpson, T., Reid, J.-A., Smith, M., Downey, B., Pearce, S., Burns, N., Davis, C., Dickson, M., Doolan, M., French, D., Holzigal, R., Moffatt, L., Mundine, K., Wyver, S., Artery, A., Brain, J., Crawford, L., Davies, C., Fernando, C., Fox, M., McIntyre, S., Reid, I., Smith, L., Stanley, L., Walford, D. & Wilson, J. (2009). Indigenous Child Care Choices Project. NSW Department of Community Services: Sydney.

Early Childhood Education Workforce Capacity Project Team (2009). Building Workforce Capacity for Early Childhood Education for Inland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. DEEWR: Canberra

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference. (2008). Presenter: Community and Family Involvement in Teacher Education. Programs: Implications for Quality.

New Ideas, New Ways Children Services Conference. (2008). TAFE NSW. Presenter: Leadership; where to from here.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Support Services Unit (AEC) Conference. (2007). Presenter: Children's Creativity and Emergent Curriculum.

Downey, B. (2001). Can I have the keys to the storeroom? Unlocking the closet to GLBT educators. Unpublished Honours Thesis, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

Downey, B. (2001) "Good Morning, I'm a Heterosexual": A case in the closet in Rural Australia. Education in Rural Australia, 11(2), 33-43.

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