Jacinta’s teaching career spans many years and contexts including Family Day Care, Long Day Care, Kindergarten and Tertiary education. She completed a degree in early childhood education in 2008, followed by a one-year honours degree by research in 2009 at Monash University. After four years of teaching in early years settings, Jacinta plans to recommence a PhD study in the near future researching the politics of belonging in early years settings.

Jacinta is currently working as a research assistant on two projects, including the ARC Linkage Project New Play Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning in the Early Years (2015-2017) and ARC Discovery Project Best Practice Framework for Playgroups in Schools (2017-2020). During semesters, Jacinta lectures undergraduate preservice teachers at Monash and Swinburne universities.