The Safety Cup®

An online course with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators

Are you an early childhood educator working with children who:

  • Are emotional;
  • Have separation anxiety;
  • Use a high pitched cry;
  • Bite excessively;
  • Are withdrawn; or
  • Are not settling during the day? 

Learn how to confidently respond to these behaviours by increasing every child's sense of security.

This course will enable you to have a deeper knowledge of how to support children to fill their Safety Cup®.

The Safety Cup is the drive to get our physiological needs met as well as the need for psychological safety. This Cup is filled by health, wellness, and other bodily needs (food, water, sleep, shelter, etc), as well as emotional safety such as trust, structure, order, and predictability.

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children's holistic wellbeing and ensure children in your care have a strong sense of security.

Become an expert at planning for the Safety Cup®

Learn how to confidently foster a child's sense of security by:

  • Responding to children's need for safety

  • Developing holistic wellbeing plans

  • Proactively plan for children's sense of security

  • Provide predictability to all children in your care

  • Understand and plan for differences in individual children’s needs for safety

Course curriculum

    1. Filling the Safety Cup with Elise Waghorn

    2. Safety Cup Mind Maps

    3. Filling the Safety Cup Workbook

    4. Risk Benefit Analysis Template

    5. Resource Library

    6. Reflecting on the Safety Cup

    1. Final reflection

    2. Other Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

    3. Get in touch with the team at Phoenix Support

About this course

  • $60.00
  • 18 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

Link theory, research, and evidence to your practice and planning

This course will show you how to incorporate the following theories into your planning

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs

    In his famous 1943 paper, Maslow talked about safety-seeking behaviour. He places the need for Safety as one of the most important basic human life needs. The Safety Cup considers the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy, Physiological needs and Safety needs.

  • The Phoenix Cups®

    A shared language, an approach, a revolutionary framework. The Phoenix Cups is a philosophical framework that your team can use to share ideas, language, and understandings about human behaviour. This course looks specifically at one of The Phoenix Cups - The Safety Cup.

  • Glasser's Choice Theory

    Dr William Glasser said that all living creatures are genetically programmed to survive. In this course, this is called the Will to Fill the Safety cup.

Bonus material

  • Videos

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding. Additionally, you will have several opportunities to join a live Q&A webinar with Elise.

  • Downloadable PDFs

    Downloadable resources that every educator needs for understanding how to support children to fill their Safety Cup.

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.


Phoenix Support for Educators

Facilitator, Education and Care Mentor Elise Waghorn

Elise is a huge advocate for giving children a voice in things that directly affect them. She has a passion for play-based learning and uses a strength-based approach with coaching and mentoring. Elise believes she gets the best out of educators by recognising their individual strengths and making sure they can be incorporated within their practice. Elise is the person you want in your corner! She recognises and empathises the challenging (and wonderful) job that educators have, having worked in services previously. Elise joined Phoenix Support for educators in 2016 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in education and care. In fact, Elise has taught over 21 units in The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary and Masters of Early Childhood and Masters of Education. In addition to her coaching and mentoring with Phoenix support for educators Elise is a collective mentor to students in the graduate program at the University of Melbourne. She is also a PhD candidate, and her studies explore scholarly Habitus in children's lifeworld's by exploring high stakes testing and educational capital. All her workshops are theory-based, as Elise heavily researches the literature to provide as much current and peer-reviewed information as possible. Elise currently delivers a number of courses and workshops including the Holistic Infant and Toddler Development series, the Fostering Children’s Wellbeing series, the Protecting Children’s Rights educator training bundle, the Educators' Toolkit for Behaviour workshop, and the Documenting to Discover workshop. She loves developing content-specific information for individual services to meet their needs.


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You have access to this course for 4 weeks. We estimate it will take you about 3 hours to complete, so we have allowed for 1 hour per week and an extra week for catch up.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    To receive your certificate, you must click on 'Complete & Continue' on every page of the course. Once you've done this your certificate download button should come up in the top left corner of your course, where the progress bar is.

What people think of this course:

4 star rating

Gained lots of information on Safety Cup

Angela Mammone

This webinar explained the Safety cup and gave lots of examples on how to do this. The chat box was a good opportunity to participate your own ideas and exam...

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