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20082020

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Tamara Cumming is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Teacher Education, and a CSU Research Fellow (2018-2020). Tamara has worked in the early childhood sector for over 15 years. Prior to becoming an academic she held positions as an early childhood educator, inclusion support manager and research officer in a children's services organisation prior.

Tamara’s research concerns the complexity of early childhood practice, and the well-being and sustainability of the early childhood workforce. She is co-leader of the Early Childhood Educator Well-being Project, a Chief Investigator on the Exemplary Educators at Work ARC Linkage Project, and Co-leader of the Early Childhood Research Group at CSU. Tamara supervises PhD students in the areas of early childhood workforce and practice.

Tamara also works with community services working to support children in regional and rural Australia. She works with the Bathurst Child and Family Network and recently with Royal Far West on the Stories of the Invisible Children report.

Research Interests

Tamara completed her PhD with CSU in 2015. Her thesis was titled 'Making visible ways that educators negotiate complexity in early childhood practice'. Her research interests include: early childhood educators' well-being, the complexity of educators' practice and the sustainability of the early childhood workforce. Tamara is available for supervision of Masters and PhD students with interests in the early childhood workforce and early childhood practice.

Tamara is also available for contract research and evaluation. Together with colleagues she has completed evaluations for organisations including SDN Children's Services, The Samaritans Foundation, the National Community Hubs program, the Bathurst Child and Family Network and CareWest.

Professional Information

Tamara is a member of Early Childhood Australia and Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (OMEP).

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Research Output

Assessing your work environment

Cumming, T., Wulff, E., Wong, S. & Logan, H., 2020, Bedrock, 25, 1, p. 16-17 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Children’s right to a skilled, competent and well workforce

    Wong, S., Logan, H. & Cumming, T., 13 Feb 2020.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

    Early childhood educator well-being: Why it matters, what we know and what that means

    Cumming, T. & Wong, S., 20 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

  • Activities

    Early Childhood Educators Well-being Project

    Helen Logan (Consultant), Tamara Cumming (Consultant) & Sandie Wong (Consultant)

    2020

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachGovernment

    Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (Journal)

    Tamara Cumming (Guest editor) & Megan Gibson (Guest editor)

    2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    University College Capital

    Tamara Cumming (Visiting researcher)

    13 May 201931 May 2019

    Activity: Academic engagement & professional developmentExternal research and teaching

    Early childhood educator well-being project

    Tamara Cumming (Speaker)

    14 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Centre for Education Research and Scholarship Seminar Series

    Tamara Cumming (Speaker)

    22 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Press / Media

    CSU News | Be there for an opportunity to hear about Be You

    Tamara Cumming

    17/02/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Are we too child-centred?

    Tamara Cumming

    02/08/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Educator Well-being Project Stakeholder Roundtable

    Tamara Cumming, Leisa Wright & Leanne Gibbs

    18/04/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Gender Equity @ CSU

    Tamara Cumming

    08/03/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Regional health years behind cities, says latest report

    Tamara Cumming

    14/02/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media