Doctors explain why going on a hike changes your brain. How it works is fascinating.

The teachers at Daisies love taking the children on Nature Explore excursions every week. This article provides an interesting summary of research which proves that getting out for a walk in nature is really good for all of us, not just kids. And not just for the obvious reasons!

What do babies think?

Daisies was privileged to host Alison Gopnik in Wellington in 2014. We completely agree with her - babies are the most brilliant scientists! Have a look at this TED talk video to find out more about her fascinating research undertaken in her position as professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.

"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

Homework - is it working?

by Linda Meade

My daughter's school has long had a no homework policy (other than reading books). This article supports the policy. I must say I've always been quite grateful for the lower stress evenings, even though many of my friends have been sceptical of the arguments against homework in primary school.


Thanks to Storypark for this nice welcome!

by Storypark

Dr Anne Meade is one of early childhood's leading thinkers. She is a published author, a teacher, a researcher, lecturer, and policy developer. 

Many teachers say Anne is the reason they got into teaching.

We're very proud to officially welcome Anne as one of Storypark's advisors. Our advisors help us ensure that the way we develop Storypark provides the greatest possible outcomes for children, educators and families.

We also welcome the team at Daisies (Anne's centre) to Storypark. Great to have you as part of the Storypark family!

Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand

Here's Anne Meade speaking at the national Reggio Emilia network meeting last weekend. 

In the photo, Anne Meade is sharing the Wellington region’s highlights for 2015 and goals for 2016.

In the photo, Anne Meade is sharing the Wellington region’s highlights for 2015 and goals for 2016.

The twice yearly meeting of regional representatives from REANZ-Networks in Northland, Auckland, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch and Southland took place on Saturday February 27th’. Mark Tesar from the University of Auckland provoked our thinking about research with children. The thought that keeps coming into my head from Mark's presentation is 'if we are going to ask children for their ideas about change and if we value their opinions, we have to be prepared and willing to make change as a result of listening to them'. Something that might be harder to do than we think!