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Dr Llewellyn Wishart



Lecturer In Education (Early Childhood)


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Education


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England, 2019
GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2013
Master of Education, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2011
Graduate Diploma in Vocational & Workplace Learning, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2010
Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood), Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2006
Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in Training, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2002
Graduate Diploma (Movement & Dance), University of Melbourne, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1986


Llewellyn holds professional qualifications in early childhood, adult and movement education. His teaching experience at Deakin University has been cross disciplinary within the Bachelor of Health & Physical Education, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance), Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education (Early Years) and Master of Teaching programs. 

He is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, professional practice member of Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA Inc.), Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) with ISMETA and holds a Doctor of Education (Ed D) degree from University of New England (UNE); Llewellyn is an active researcher in the areas of movement education, physical activity, nature-based learning and the design of early childhood outdoor environments.

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Research interests

  • Translating Academic Skills to Professional Skills (Pathways from Uni to becoming an early childhood teacher)
  • Nature-based, outdoor and ecological learning
  • Outdoor play, physical activity and movement
  • Design of naturalised early childhood outdoor spaces
  • Integral theory and embodied pedagogies
  • Early childhood movement, music and dance pedagogy
  • Contemplative education


  • Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Registered Early Childhood Teacher;
  • Professional Practice Member - Body-Mind Centering® Association Inc. (BMCA);
  • Registered Professional Member (RSME) - International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA);
  • NTEU;
  • Early Childhood Australia (ECA).

Teaching interests

  • Children's social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing in early childhood and primary education;
  • Health, Physical Education (HPE) and Wellbeing pedagogies;
  • Sustainability education and nature-based teaching and learning;
  • Role of somatic education and body-mind integration in health-wellness pedagogy;
  • Early childhood movement, music & dance pedagogies
  • Contemplative education.

Units taught

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

ECE116 Promoting Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition


Master of Teaching (E760) (Early Childhood & Primary Strands)

ECP712 Social, Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing

EPR713-743 Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience

Professional activities

Unit Chair:

  • ECE116
  • ECP 712


  • DUPPP Academic Literacies Project (BECE) 2012-2013;
  • Gowrie Victoria, The Harbour Family & Children's Centre Outdoor Learning Space - How It Works? 2012;
  • Greening Child Care Spaces Project 2013 - Nursery Gardening Industry Association (NGIA), Mission Early Learning Services, Fleming's Nurseries & CREFI.
  • Ballarat Kindergarden Project 2014-2015 - City of Ballarat, ECKA, Fleming's Nurseries, Uniting Care Ballarat & Deakin University.
  • Rural Children's Centre Greening 2014-2019.
  • Documenting a Sensory Garden-Nature Play Development Project - Collaborative project with Primary school in SW Victoria 2017-2018.


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Tools and Time for Noticing in Early Childhood Pedagogy Outdoors

Anne-Marie Morrissey, Llewellyn Wishart, Natalie Robertson, Deborah Moore, Virginia Kinnear

(2022), Vol. 5, pp. 125-147, Assessment and Data Systems in Early Childhood Settings Theory and Practice, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Play diversity and student agency in the redevelopment of a school playspace

J Lynch, L Wishart

(2021), Children's Geographies, C1

journal article

Educator perceptions of risk taking, safety and resilience in the outdoors: a rural early childhood education and care case study

Liz Rouse, Llewellyn Wishart

(2021), Vol. 23, pp. 63-77, New Zealand International Research in Early Childhood Education, Porirua, New Zealand, C1

journal article

Childhood outdoor environments: places for play, learning and wellbeing

Anne-Marie Morrissey, Llewellyn Wishart, Debra Moore

(2020), pp. 52-75, Strong foundations: evidence informing practice in early childhood education and care, Camberwell, Vic., B1

book chapter

Pedagogies of outdoor spaces: an early childhood educator professional learning journey

L Wishart, E Rouse

(2019), Vol. 189, pp. 2284-2298, Early Child Development and Care, C1

journal article

Traditional vs naturalised design: a comparison of affordances and physical activity in two preschool playscapes

L Wishart, C Cabezas-Benalcázar, A Morrissey, V Versace

(2019), Vol. 44, pp. 1031-1049, Landscape Research, C1

journal article

Early childhood educator perceptions of children's physical activity and the outdoors

L Wishart

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 1-16, New Zealand international research in early childhood education journal, New Zealand, C1

journal article

Reading the map: Locating and navigating the academic skills development of pre-service teachers

J Moles, L Wishart

(2016), Vol. 13, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, C1

journal article

Infant and toddler responses to a redesign of their childcare outdoor play space

A Morrissey, C Scott, L Wishart

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 29-56, Children, youth and environments, Boulder, Colo., C1

journal article

Embedded academic literacies curricula: the challenges of measuring success

L Thies, A Wallis, A Turner, L Wishart

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 43-59, Journal of academic language & learning, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

The Harbour outdoors: Investigating how children and educators engage with the outdoor learning space at the Harbour Family and Children's Centre

E Rouse, L Wishart, A Morrissey, C Scott

(2014), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Nature teaches naturally : present and future perspectives on nature-based, ecological and somatic learning

L Wishart

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 8-11, Currents, Northampton, Mass., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Early Childhood Professional Practice Partnerships.

Dr Natalie Robertson, Prof Louise Paatsch, Prof Andrea Nolan, A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, Dr Nicole Downes, Dr Llewellyn Wishart

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2023: $231,604
  • 2022: $231,604

City of Greater Geelong - Climate Change Professional Development - Research Proposal - Project 1

A/Prof Peta White, Dr Jo Raphael, Dr Llewellyn Wishart, Dr Genee Marks, Dr Shelley Hannigan

City of Greater Geelong

  • 2022: $35,899

Industry and Other Funding

The Ballarat KinderGardens Project: The research, evaluation and professional development components - Forrest Hill application

A/Prof Anne-Marie Morrissey, A/Prof Liz Rouse, Dr Llewellyn Wishart, Prof Julianne Moss

Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies

  • 2014: $18,000


No completed student supervisions to report