The Freedom Cup™

A webinar with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators

Are you an early childhood educator working with children who:

  • Are spirited;
  • Seem to be always ‘on the go’;
  • Need to make their own decisions;
  • Are strong willed;
  • Will not follow directions (‘do not listen’ to staff); or
  • Abscond or escape. 


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

This workshop will enable you to have a deeper knowledge of how to support children to fill their Freedom Cup™.

The Freedom Cup is our ability to be independent, self sufficient, and freewheeling. 

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children’s autonomy needs and agency.

Become an expert at planning for the Freedom Cup™

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

  • Responding to children’s need for freedom and agency

  • Developing holistic wellbeing plans

  • Proactively plan for children’s autonomy

  • Advocating for their rights

  • Encouraging self-expression

  • Flourishing children’s creativity

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

Course curriculum

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, A Theory of Human Motivation, Maslow said that we desire independence and freedom which contribute to the meeting of our esteem needs. Therefore, filling the Freedom Cup is vital for a child’s self-esteem.

  • 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 Freedom Cup.

  • Guidance Approach

    The guidance approached is centred on the idea that children’s behaviours are driven by an attempt to meet a need. Dan Gartrell stresses that an effective learning community is one that fosters creativity through autonomy.

  • Glasser's Choice Theory

    Dr William Glasser said that the more we are free and able to satisfy our need for freedom in a way that does not stop another person from satisfying his or hers, the more we are able to use our creativity not only for our own benefit but for the benefit of everyone. Glasser’s ideas about the basic human need for Freedom is considered in this course.

Bonus material

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

  • Videos + Webinar

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding. Additionally, the live webinar will be recorded and uploaded to your course to play back at your own time.

  • Downloadable PDFs

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

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.


Phoenix Support for Educators

Elise Waghorn

Elise Waghorn is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research project is investigating the everyday lifeworlds of children in Australia and how this relates and connects to policy and educational experiences with children in Hong Kong and Singapore. Elise’s teaching has focused on the ways in which early childhood pedagogical practices influence children’s wellbeing. She has worked within the early childhood sector for 13 plus years and has a passion for making sure children's rights are listened to and respected. For the last four years Elise has worked part time as a casual academic at a university. Her role involves teaching the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary, and Masters of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

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