screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-5-35-19-pm Kym Simoncini is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University of Canberra, Australia. Prior to her academic career, Kym was a primary school teacher. She taught in both government and Catholic schools in North Queensland and England. Her PhD examined young children’s participation in extra-curricular activities and School Age Care. After completing her thesis Kym was a lecturer at James Cook University where she received a Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Kym joined the University of Canberra in 2013 where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate education units. She regularly delivers professional development workshops to primary teachers in Papua New Guinea.

Kym’s current research focuses on children’s and family learning and play. Much of her research is located in Papua New Guinea investigating family learning, playgrounds, playgroups and school readiness. Her research in Australia examines early childhood STEM learning and she is part of the Early Learning STEM Australia project.

Professional affiliations

Queensland College of Teachers
Early Childhood Australia
Play Australia
International Play Association


Simoncini, K., Pamphilon, B., & Mikhailovich, K. (2016). Place-Based Picture Books as an Adult Learning Tool Supporting Agricultural Learning in Papua New Guinea. Adult Learning, 1045159516668815.

Simoncini, K., Carr. V., Elliot, S., Manson, E., Simeon, L. & Sawi, J. (2016). Playground development in Papua New Guinea: Creating new play, learning and research environments. Children, Youth and Environments, 26(1).

Simoncini, K., Carr. V., Elliot, S., Manson, E., Simeon, L. & Sawi, J. (2015). New play opportunities in Papua New Guinean school. Journal of Playwork Practice 2(2), 211- 213.

Simoncini, K. & Cartmel, J. (2015). Children’s voices in Australian school age care: What do they think about afterschool care? International Journal for Research on Extended Education, 3(1), 114-131.

Simoncini, K., Lasen, M., & Rocco, S. (2014). Professional Dialogue, Reflective Practice and Teacher Research: Engaging Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers in Collegial Dialogue about Curriculum Innovation. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(1), 27-44.

Jackson, C., Simoncini, K., & Davidson, M. (2013). Classroom Profiling Training: Increasing Preservice Teachers’ Confidence and knowledge of classroom management skills. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(3), 30-46.

Simoncini, K. & Caltabiano, N. (2012). Young school-aged children’s behaviour and their participation in extra-curricular activities. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), 35-42.

Simoncini, K. & Lasen, M. (2012). Support for quality delivery of outside school hours care: A case study. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(2), 82-94

Simoncini, K., Caltabiano, N. & Lasen, M. (2012). Children’s behaviour and their care arrangements after school. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 87(1), 108-118.

Simoncini, K., & Caltabiano, N. (2011). Mothers’ and young children’s satisfaction of the time they spend together. Journal of Relationships Research, 2(01), 26-32.