Dr Anne Meade
Dr Anne Meade is an eminent educationalist and one of early childhood's leading thinkers. Over four decades as a teacher, researcher, lecturer, author and policy developer, Anne has made an immeasurable impact on the quality of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Since the late 1980s, when policy around childcare became more about education than simply childminding, Anne has led and influenced seismic changes in national policy and practice for early childhood education and care.
From teacher qualifications to the right of children to access quality free early childhood education, Anne has been steadfast in her commitment to ensure tamariki have the best our country can offer. Despite being retired, Anne remains a key go-to person to untangle tough policy problems.
Anne was also our organisation’s first research leader. Notably, she led research which gave evidence of the impact qualified ECE teachers have on teaching and learning, when there is a high proportion of them in a centre.