The Safety Cup™

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  • Are withdrawn; or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 workshop 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

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.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Resource Library

    • Risk benefit analysis template

  • 3

    Course Content

    • Why is safety cup important?

    • The Safety Cup

    • Safety Cup - Top Traits

    • Safety Cup Fillers

    • Safety Cup Fillers

    • Why do children need safety?

    • Food and Water

    • Food and Water - Questions

    • feedAustralia

    • Munch & Move resources

    • Critical Reflection: Nutrition

    • Questions: Nutrition

    • Sleep and Rest

    • Sleep and Rest (2)

    • Active infants, Safe Spaces

    • Sleep learning for early education professionals

    • Critical Reflection: Sleep and Rest

    • Questions: Sleep and Rest

    • Trust:

    • Question: Trust

    • Movement and Exercise

    • Predictability and Stability

    • Health and Wellness

    • Physical Health

    • Benefits of physical activity for children

    • Physical play resource sheet

    • Physical and cognitive milestones

    • Emotional health

    • Questions: Health and Wellness

    • Safety Cup- Mind Map

    • Safety Cup - Mind Map (PDF)

    • Quality Area 2 - Children's health and safety

    • Reflection

    • NQS PLP e-Newsletter No.29 2012: Health, safety and wellbeing

    • NQS PLP e-Newsletter No.61 2013: Supporting babies' social and emotional wellbeing

    • Question: Predictability and Stability

  • 4


    • Raising Children Network

  • 5

    Happy Cup Filling

    • Upgrade to complete series

    • Professional and personal development opportunities with Phoenix Support for Educators

    • Final reflection

Bonus material

You will get instant access to a resource library as well as a one hour live webinar presentation and Q&A

  • Videos

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding.

  • 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.


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