The Safety Cup™

A webinar 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  • Are withdrawn; or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.

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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

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 Safety 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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