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Dr Kay Ayre


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5253
Mobile: 0418 795 844
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.208  

Kay is a lecturer in early childhood studies in the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • EDU4310 - Understanding and managing challenging behaviour in young children
  • ECS1265 - Young children's learning and development
  • ECE6160 - Effective pedagogy and practice in early childhood contexts
  • EDU6004 - Trauma informed practice.


Kay has a background in early years teaching and behaviour support. She has worked extensively with disengaged and disruptive children, their teachers and schools. Kay has a passion for helping build the capacity of teachers to develop and maintain positive, inclusive classrooms with a focus on supporting children affected by trauma who demonstrate serious, disruptive behaviour. Her research interests are in children's behaviour, positive behaviour support, trauma-informed practice and parent-school engagement.

Professional associations

  • 2020 - Early Childhood Australia (ECA).

Research areas and interests

  • Children's challenging behaviour;
  • Trauma-informed practice;
  • Positive behaviour support; and
  • Parent-school engagement.


  • Doctor of Education, Queensland University of Technology, 2013.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Saltmarsh, S., Tualaulelei, E., Ayre, K. (2021). ‘A damn sight more sensitivity’: gender and parent-school engagement during post separation family transitions.. Gender and Education, xx(xx), xx.

Journal Articles

  • Saltmarsh, S., Tualaulelei, E., Ayre, K. (2020). ‘I’m trying to tell you this man is dangerous… and no one’s listening’: family violence, parent–school engagement and school complicity. The Australian Educational Researcher, 2020(Article in press), 1-24.

Book Chapters

  • Kerby, M., Baguley, M., Lowien, N., Ayre, K. (2019). Australian not by blood, but by character: Soldiers and refugees in Australian children's picture books. The Palgrave handbook of Artistic and Cultural Responses to War since 1914: The British Isles, the United States and Australasia (309-326). Palgrave Macmillan.

Research Student Supervision

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