The Mastery Cup™

A webinar with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators

Are you an early childhood educator working with children who:

  • Physically lash out at other children;
  • Will not follow directions (‘do not listen’ to staff);
  • Have low self-esteem;
  • Are strong willed;
  • Are a high achiever;
  • Want perfectionism;
  • Seem to need a lot of control;
  • Need to ‘get their own way’? 


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

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

The Mastery Cup drives our need for efficacy, visibility, and self-competence. This Cup is filled by challenge, control, validation, growth, achievement, and success.

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children's holistic wellbeing, increase children’s opportunities to experience mastery, and ensure children in your care have a strong sense of self-competence.

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Course curriculum

Become an expert at planning for the Mastery Cup™

Learn how to confidently foster a child's self-competence by:

  • Responding to children’s need for mastery

  • Developing holistic wellbeing plans

  • Proactively plan for children’s self-competence

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

  • Empowering them to succeed

  • Recognise their achievements

  • Encourage independence

  • Validate children’s thoughts and feelings

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 satisfaction of self-esteem need leads to feeling of self-confidence, worth, strength, capability and adequacy of being useful and necessary in the world.

  • 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 Mastery Cup.

  • Positive Psychology

    The PERMA model proposes that there are five elements essential to human well-being. The A in this model refers to Relationships. To achieve well-being and happiness, we must look back on our lives with a sense of accomplishment: ‘I did it, and I did it well’. This course considers this research and the fact that children start filling their Mastery Cup with achievement at a very young age.

  • Guidance Approach

    The guidance approached is centred on the idea that children’s behaviours are driven by an attempt to meet a need. Dr Louise Porter says that when children engage in learning, they learn not only the content of the activity itself, but also that they can devise a goal and work towards it. In short, they develop self-efficacy. This is an important aspect of Mastery Cup filling.

  • Glasser's Choice Theory

    Dr William Glasser assumed that a drive to power is one of five basic human life needs. In this course, this is called the Will to Fill the Mastery Cup.

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 Mastery Cup.

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.


Phoenix Support for Educators


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to this course for three weeks, one week before the live to look over the readings, resources and other related content, and two weeks after the webinar, when you will have access to the recorded version of the live and the content that you may have missed in the first week.

  • Where will I find the webinar link?

    To join the webinar, just log in, click on the course and scroll down to the lesson called 'Live webinar'. Once you find the lesson all you will need to do is press the button in the centre of the page.

  • 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.

Cup filling series

Complete the whole series with Elise Waghorn

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