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Meet Our Tutors


Sonya McPherson-Hills

Director, Assessor/Tutor

I have worked in the education sector for 20 years - as an Early Years Educator, College Lecturer, Personal Tutor, Functional Skills Teacher and Vocational Qualifications (formally NVQ) Assessor.

I have taught, trained and tutored hundreds of learners over the years. With lots of experience in delivering work-based training, I pride myself on the extra love and care I put into my work. I love my job and get a great deal of satisfaction out of helping others achieve their goals in a way that suits their preferences. I am responsive to learners' needs and always receive excellent feedback from those I have taught, tutored and trained. I feel this extra personal touch sets me apart from other assessors and trainers which is why (modesty aside) I have always been popular with learners.


  • FdA Early Childhood Studies (London Metropolitan University)

  • CertEd (University of Kent)

  • A1 Assessor's Award (South Kent College)

  • Btec National Diploma Level 3 in Childhood Studies (Canterbury College)


Claire Piper

Director, Lead IQA, Assessor/Tutor


I have extensive experience in the training sector. I have worked as Head of Quality and Curriculum and as a Regional Training Manager for many years. I have also worked in FE colleges and private training companies as vocational course co-ordinator, course leader, IQA, lecturer and assessor for Early Years and TAQA qualifications. I also have industry specific experience as SENCO, DSL and Nursery Manager at day nurseries and preschools.

At Maybird Training, I am responsible for overseeing the quality assurance processes, ensuring that our learners always come first and that we are constantly striving to provide an excellent training experience to prepare learners for the work place.


  • BSc Psychology

  • QTLS 


  • V1 Verifier's Award

  • A1 Assessor's Award

  • Btec National Diploma Level 3 in Childhood studies

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Jayne Ward

Assessor/Tutor and Trainee IQA

I have been assessing since June 2010 after I decided to take a career leap from working as an Early Years Educator. Luckily for me, it worked out to be a good leap as I really enjoy assessing.

I have 10 years of experience in providing work based training and online learning courses to pre-apprentice, childcare and play work candidates as well as delivering Early Years Educator qualifications to candidates and supporting their Functional Skills.

I get a great deal of satisfaction from supporting individuals to achieve their learning goals with the intent to provide an excellent, high-quality training experience for learners within their chosen vocation. With this in mind, and with a keen eye for quality, I am currently undertaking an Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) qualification so that I can learn more about how to ensure the best quality is provided for learners.  


  • BA (with Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies

  • A1 Assessor's Award


  • Level 4 Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development

  • Level 3 Award in Playwork for Early Years and Childcare Workers


Deborah Bridger

Governor and IQA

I have extensive experience in the education sector - as an Ofsted Inspector of schools, Deputy Principal for a specialist school, University lecturer and teacher-trainer.

During my career, I have thoroughly enjoyed being responsible for quality and curriculum within a KCC Alternative Provision. As Deputy Principal for a specialist school and college I am proud to be responsible for raising the Ofsted inspection grades from satisfactory to good, acting as nominee on all occasions.

I have enjoyed managing appraisal and teacher observation systems in various provisions and have been responsible for self-assessment and self-evaluation processes in these settings. I have worked as a consultant in several different schools and colleges and I presently enjoy being the Chair of Governors at a small independent school.


  • MA in Education

  • BA (Hons) Business Studies

  • Certificate in Education

  • Certificate in Special Needs Education

  • D32, D33, D34 Assessor and Internal Verifier Awards

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