A PD event for educators

hosted by Hillcrest Christian College ELC

Saturday 3rd of November

 A strong sense of wellbeing with full cups

Fostering behavioural, social learning, and emotional regulation in young children

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 the theoretical frameworks of 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 Love Cup; love, belonging, connection, and acceptance. Educators will be encouraged to design strategies in a Cup-filling plan (The Phoenix Cups Approach). Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own case studies and walk away with practical ideas that they can implement immediately.

Program Overview

9.15 am - Registrations and welcome

9.30 am - Session1 - The Jaydon and Sally's story

What does children’s behaviour tell us about their Wellbeing, developing resilience and social competence?

11.00 am - Morning Tea (15 min) - Morning Tea Provided

11.15am - Session 2 - Workshops

Workshop 1 – You can’t pour from an empty cup, how do you fill yours?

As practitioners supporting a child’s wellbeing, let’s make sure you’re putting your own oxygen mask on first.

Workshop 2 – Cup filling plans. Discuss your own cases and make a plan to ensure children’s cups are full, creating a strong sense of wellbeing.

12.45pm - Lunch (BYO) - Bring Your Own Lunch

1.30pm - Session 3 - Fill the Love Cup first

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 Love Cup; love, belonging, connection, and acceptance.

Workshop 3 – Reflect on interactions and try out new strategies to connect with children who need support with their wellbeing.

2.30pm - Afternoon Tea - Afternoon Tea Provided

2.45 pm - Session 4 - Discuss case studies. Share plans created in workshops. Explore solutions.


Evaluations and workshop close

The Phoenix Cups Approach

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.

Listen to a 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.

About the facilitator - Sandi Phoenix

Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. Sandi’s coaching and consultancy style comes from a strengths-based perspective and is informed by a comprehensive understanding of the National Quality Framework and underpinning theory.

Sandi takes a positive approach to guiding expected behavioural choices within inclusive learning environments, following vast experience working with children with disabilities and children who display complex behaviours in both early childhood settings, youth care, and school-age care since 1998.

Since 2009, Sandi has been involved in supporting educators and teams to implement the National Quality Framework through various roles. These roles range from individualised in-service coaching and mentoring, presenting at conferences, developing written resources, and consulting in the design of software that supports efficient and effective curriculum planning and service operations. She is highly regarded nationwide as a speaker, coach, mentor and Professional Development Facilitator for the education and care sector.

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                  For full day events - Morning tea AND Lunch is included (not afternoon tea unless otherwise specified on ticket). Tea and Coffee will be provided during breaks only.

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                  Please note that we take the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff very seriously. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we will be limiting all of our events to under 100 people. Should this event be cancelled due to government recommendations, all attendees will be provided with the option to transfer their ticket to the postponed event date, or accept a credit note that can be used to attend online training with the presenters.

                  We ask that anyone who is displaying cold symptoms on the day to stay at home. We will then provide you with a credit of which you can spend on Phoenix Support resources or online training.