The Educator's Toolkit For Behaviour series of workshops

Exploring the tools that educators use to understand children’s behaviour  and guide their social decisions

Learn about The Phoenix Cups

The Phoenix Cups, have revolutionised how staff not only work with children’s behavioural learning, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The approach provides a framework of how to understand and respond positively to different needs profiles to support a strong sense of wellbeing. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together.

Participants will explore the reasons and functions that drive children’s behaviour as developing human beings using an analogy about filling cups (The Phoenix Cups Approach) based on many theoretical frameworks and research including Maslow and Glasser. 

Educators will be challenged to re-think and re-frame the role of educators in supporting children's emerging social competence, by identifying behavioural challenges as an unmet need or empty cup and addressing this behaviour with a cup filling plan. 

Participants will also explore relationships and interactions with children that keeps cups full. Discuss how educators can build relationships with children and students (fill the love cup first) by focusing on filling all aspects of the Connection Cup; love, belonging, connection, and acceptance. Educators will be encouraged to design strategies in a Cup-filling plan (The Phoenix Cups Approach). 

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What else you can expect from this PD...

This professional development opportunity will either introduce you to the Phoenix Cups approach, or if you are already familiar, provide a revision of the foundation of the framework before exploring wellbeing and social / emotional regulation in more depth.

If you haven't already heard it, listen to the story about ‘Jayden and Sally’ as they illustrates the wellbeing of two children using an analogy about Cups to understand their physiological and psychological needs. Then examine each of the 5 cups in the Phoenix Cups approach to identify ways to ensure 'full cups' in our early learning settings which is equivalent to a strong sense of wellbeing.

* Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own case studies and walk away with practical ideas that they can implement immediately.

* Gain confidence and skills to respond to children's behaviour

* Ensure your whole team is using a consistent approach and framework

* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Phoenix Cups approach

* Unpack common tools used by educators to support behaviour and examine their place in early education

* Explore reasons for children’s behaviour – even those that appear to happen for "no reason"

* Consider new techniques for guiding children’s behavioural learning

In this workshop, educators will learn to apply the Phoenix Cups framework to any behavioural challenge to design effective and respectful strategies. Educators will also explore how to move away from traditional approaches of ‘behaviour management’ (rewards and consequences) toward contemporary behaviour guidance techniques grounded in humanistic and positive psychology. 

This workshop will allow participants the time and tools to explore the practical application of the Phoenix Cups framework to their own case studies. 

Workshops in this series

Have you seen Sandi Phoenix deliver a keynote and loved it? 

Here's some good news - there's so many more workshops you can do to explore and unpack the Phoenix Cups further. Here's a few...

Foundation session

Through stories and discussion, you'll learn all about The Phoenix Cups framework and start the discussion about how to use it in your service. 

The Connection & Love Cup

Explore one of the most important basic human life needs; Connection, love, belonging, and acceptance. Make a connection plan and discover how to make immediate Cup filling improvements to your interactions.

The Freedom Cup

Filling the child’s metaphorical cup of freedom. A story about Jacob, a spirited boy, will encourage us rethink routines, transitions, and curriculum design to facilitate a sense agency. Jacob will ensure we plan not just for freedom, and other basic human life needs, but for childhood.

The Fun Cup

This workshop will also explore play through the lens of learning outcomes, principles, schema and engagement in play. Educators will rethink planning, routines and curriculum design to facilitate an atmosphere of fun, joy and learning by considering ways to provide uninterrupted, sustained periods of play. 

The Mastery & Power Cup

Explore Mastery and Power from the child's perspective. When educators have power over children, resistance, rebellion, and retaliation will ensue. Explore the steps to take during an emotional crisis with a child and make plans to keep this Cup full by having power with children rather than over them.

The Safety & Survival Cup

Children are biologically driven to get their needs met. They know how they need to move to grow and thrive. This workshop will explore important and often overlooked sensory needs of children in education and care settings, the challenge of risky play, and how individual rhythms are more important than room routines. 


Can you get to a capital city in Australia? Then don't miss this awesome opportunity to spend a whole day with Sandi Phoenix and Dr Louise Porter talking all things psychology, Phoenix Cups, behaviour guidance, and children!

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The phoenix Cups kit

Can't host or attend a face to face? Don't worry - you can do up to 6 hours of online training! Our various Phoenix Cups kits can either get you started or train you intensively. They come with loads of different resources AND tickets to online training. Have a scroll through our shop or give us a call and we can help point you in the right direction. 

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