Organization: Daisies Early Childhood Education & Care Centre
Dr. Anne Meade, Co-Founder, of Daisies Early Childhood Education & Care Centre in urban New Zealand, Anne continues to serve the organization as Pedagogical Leader. Anne’s video on YouTube, “Imagine a classroom without walls” (Storypark, 2017) inspires more teachers to provide curricula in nature. Anne is a Senior Fulbright scholar (1999), a semi-retired academic researcher, and is frequently called upon to keynote events. Her 1979 doctorate (Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington) was amongst the first in early childhood education in New Zealand. In addition, Anne has a Trained Teachers Certificate for primary school teaching and a post-graduate diploma for teaching in early childhood education (Massey University). Anne has led government working groups to draft 10-year strategic plans for early childhood education policy in 1989 and in 2001. She was seconded to the State of Qatar in a similar role in 2006. She was an adviser to the writers of New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 2017).