Daisies Early Education & Care Centre is a joint venture between mother and daughter Anne and Linda Meade

Linda and Anne make a great team with Linda supporting the “business” side of Daisies, while Anne supports the teaching team develop the educational philosophy.



Dr Anne Meade

Trained Teachers Certificate, Post-graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE), BA Hons (1st), PhD.


Anne has focused on early childhood education for most of her career spanning over 40 years, as:

  • A teacher of young children

  • Researcher, lecturer, author,

  • Policy developer.

These days Anne is a self-employed consultant, specialising in educational research and advice with a focus on early childhood education. Her projects take her overseas as well as around New Zealand. She was awarded a QSO in 1991 and a CNZM in 2008. In 2009 Victoria University of Wellington recognised her as a Distinguished Alumna. Her current contract is as Research Facilitator, Education Studies at the Open Polytechnic.

Some of her significant achievements include working in the Prime Minister’s Office and with the working group that wrote Education to Be More (1988), helping to develop the Competent Children longitudinal research study whilst Director of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research in the early 90s, leading the working group that made the recommendations in 2001 for Pathways to the Future/ Ngā Huarahi Arataki (2002), and coordinating the early childhood education Centres of Innovation programme (2003 to 2009).

Her passion for early childhood education has lead to some fascinating overseas assignments, including as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the US in 1999, as keynote speaker at conferences in the UK and Australia, and as a contractor to develop a strategic plan for early childhood education for the State of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf.


Linda Meade

with Daughter Isobel

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Bachelor of Science (Victoria University of Wellington), Chartered Accountant, Director – The New Zealand Initiative


Linda is theDirector of Daisies Daycare Ltd and also Licensee. Linda provides commercial and other specialist financial advice to a range of businesses and organisations spanning the public and private sectors. Over the last 30 years she has worked in London and Switzerland as well as New Zealand. Linda is a partner at Deloitte and leads Deloitte’s Economic, Infrastructure and Business Modelling Service in New Zealand.

Linda has two daughters, one born in 2002 and one born in 2007. Her first daughter was born in London, and attended a childcare centre in Pimlico called Daisies Day Nursery - providing the inspiration for the name of Daisies Early Education & Care Centre. Her younger daughter attended Daisies in Johnsonville for over two years, until she transitioned to primary school in 2013. Linda understands the parents’ perspective for care of their children in a childcare setting. She can be contacted on linda@daisies.co.nz