Some are born with innate gifts that are cultivated through years of passionately devoted experience, and Ms. McLellan-Bujnak is one of these people. She was born with a clear vision of her life’s path: raising and nurturing children in a way that set them up for success in becoming happy, functional adults.
Her wealth of knowledge is unparalleled in this field. Her background in research and education allows her to provide cutting-edge support that leads children - and parents - to feel safe, heard, and deeply understood. In her three decades of experience in working with families, she has curated myriad bespoke solutions; time and again, she has been able to create a harmonious and productive household through the tools derived from her intuition, experience, and education.
Ms. McLellan-Bujnak sees that every child - and every parent - is a unique and unrepeatable human being, with unique needs and desires. Her superpower is regulation; she can understand the intricacies of an infant’s or child’s nervous system, and fine-tune the structures and actions of the household to create a space for that child to engage with the family in a positive way. Her ability to comprehend the inner dynamics of the minds of children is uncanny.
Raised by a mother who was trained by a mentee of Dr. Maria Montessori, Ms. McLellan-Bujnak's early years were infused with the wisdom and values of that school of thought, which she credits for the resilience and confidence she developed throughout the course of her childhood, and for prompting her lifelong passionate interest in the neurobiology of human development.
Ms. McLellan-Bujnak developed the Respectful Approach to Human Development, Education & Care™ as a combination of her own highly authentic Montessori upbringing with elements from Steiner/Waldorf Education®, RIE® and the Reggio Emilia approach, indexing these early childhood practices with current research in the neuroscience of human development.
Her introductory Respectful Care™ course has guided over 100 caregiving professionals in their teaching and learning journeys, and the Advanced Course in Respectful Care™ (also for professional caregivers) is currently launching its first-ever digital cohort.
As a trusted advisor and consultant for parents, Ms. McLellan-Bujnak's specialized plans consider the family as a whole; she integrates the needs of everyone in the household to promote a peaceful sanctuary for all involved.
Danielle McLellan-Bujnak is an experienced and highly qualified early childhood educator, consultant, and professional development instructor, with many years of experience guiding and caring for infants and children and their families in a wide variety of settings, including individual family homes, home schooling, day cares, preschools, and Montessori, Reggio-inspired and Waldorf-based early childhood programs. Ms. McLellan-Bujnak is also the proud recipient of the International Nanny Association's 15-Year Service Award pin, demonstrating close to two decades of full-time support for parents and families in their homes, in addition to her part-time work and years as a classroom instructor.
Beyond her graduate work in Early Childhood Education, Ms. McLellan-Bujnak has also committed herself to intensive in-person training from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and she has pursued formal training in Nonviolent Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI), Positive Behaviour Intervention (PBI), Nonviolent/Collaborative Communication, Orton-Gillingham (Multi-Sensory Education), RIE® Foundations for Professionals. She has long-standing familiarity with the Montessori and Waldorf approaches to early childhood. She is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) with specialized training for pediatric patients.
Ms. McLellan-Bujnak has completed a graduate-level certificate in early childhood, and achieved licensing by the state of California at the “Master Teacher” and “Site Supervisor” levels, permitting her to run a multi-classroom preschool or daycare for ages birth to 8 years, and to guide and mentor other teachers in best practices for these ages. After completing a graduate-level certificate in Early Childhood Education, Ms. McLellan-Bujnak is currently pursuing an MSc in Infant & Toddler Development following the Constructivist approach (inspired by Reggio Emilia).