Kirby is a qualified and experienced primary school teacher. She
graduated from Exeter University in 1988 with a B.Ed (Hons).
On graduating she taught for more than a decade in a variety of primary schools, including a
year in a British school in Barcelona!
a child (and teenager!) Debby studied the piano and recorder, sung in
a choir and took part in many types of dance classes, including
ballet, modern and tap.
Noticing how much her own two children seemed to enjoy and
engage with musical activities when they were very young, Debby decided
to use her love of music
and dance - together with her parenting and teaching knowledge to
develop a Music and Movement course for pre-schoolers. She began
running her first music class for young children in the summer of
quickly grew to be several classes catering for babies, toddlers and
After a couple of years, Debby began taking Rhyme Time
into Early Years settings and then running training courses for Early
In the course of the last
few years Debby has run several
training workshops on behalf of the Early Years team in BANES and also
South Glos. Music Service. She has been a guest lecturer on the EYPS
Years Professional Status) course at Bath Spa University and also at
Norland (Nanny) College. In November 2010 Debby was asked to lead a
session on Early Years Music at the National Gathering of "Sing Up"
which took place at the Sage Gateshead, a national centre of excellence
for EY music making.
Debby has also run a series of singing sessions as
part of the
"Stay and Play" initiative for children and their carers in local
Children's Centres on behalf of "Sing Up". This included providing
training for staff who
work in the centres. She has also run sessions for groups of
childminders and run several large singing events for parents and
Debby was the lead teacher on the highly successful
"Every Child a Singer" project which worked with 13 Early Years
settings in South
Gloucestershire over 15 months, to help develop children's language and
communication skills. Since January 2010 Debby had been acting as
project facilitator for the "Voice Play" project on behalf of
BANES EY advisory team. This project is also connected with the "Every
Talker" DCSF strategy and is especially designed to build the
confidence of Early Years staff in delivering musical activities that help develop children's
communication and language skills.