Elevate your professional self to the next level and deliver stellar, evidence-based best practices to your client families.

This course is an excellent resource to spark your professional creativity, and boost your continuing professional development.

This course provides comprehensive background information, practical understanding, and hands-on experience with major elements of four popular early childhood approaches and practices, which are currently associated with the movement towards “Respectful” child care: Steiner/Waldorf®, Montessori, RIE®, and Reggio Emilia. 

Students will complete the course with an understanding of some important commonalities and differences between these programs, specific ideas and discussion of how to implement this type of care in their professional practice as nannies and newborn care specialists, and also how to support a client family who wish to implement one or more of these approaches in their home. 

Additionally, the course provides a solid introduction to current research in the field of neuroscience, which supports the evidence-based practice of respectful relationship-based care for infants and children as a critical component of the healthy growth and development of the child. 

Further, our investigation in the course demonstrates why those four particular approaches have withstood the test of time and become classics throughout the world: because they provide support for the key needs which have been identified by this research, in the healthy unfolding of infant and child development.  


  • 1


    • How To Navigate

    • Introduction

    • RNC Downloadable Workbook

  • 2


    • Introduction to Teaching Styles

    • Popular Approaches to Respectful Newborn Care

    • What I Want to Give You in This Course

    • Primary Terms in the Context of Respectful Care

    • Helpful Experiences for Perspective

    • Secondary Concepts: Two Foundational Principles of Evidenced Based Care

    • Secondary Concepts: Pedagogies 1-4

    • Secondary Concepts: Neuroscience 1-6

    • Nature & Nurture

    • Interpersonal Neurobiology Part 1

    • Interpersonal Neurobiology Part 2

    • Co-Regulation or Interactive Regulation

    • Self Regulation

    • Affective Neuroscience

    • Secondary Concepts: Pedagogies 1-4

    • Selective Intervention

    • Experiential Learning

    • Culmination of Secondary Concepts

    • Predictability & Routines

    • Commonalities Across the Classic & Popular Approaches

    • The Top Two Takeaways

    • One Final Question

  • 3


    • Join Our Facebook Group

Meet Your Instructor


Danielle Bujnak

Danielle is an experienced Early Childhood Educator, with many years of experience caring for and guiding infants and young children and their families in a wide variety of settings. She is licensed 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 7 years, and to guide and mentor other teachers in best practices for these ages.

After completing a graduate-level certificate in Early Childhood Education, Danielle is currently pursuing an MSc in Infant & Toddler Development following the Constructivist approach (inspired by Reggio Emilia). She has also committed herself to intensive in-person training from the American Academy of Pediatrics in the following related fields: Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Advanced Pediatric Life Support, and has pursued formal training in Nonviolent Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI), “Nanny Be Safe,” Positive Behaviour Intervention, Nonviolent/Collaborative Communication, Orton-Gillingham (Multi-Sensory Education), RIE Foundations for Professionals, and 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.

Elevate your professional self to the next level.

Deliver stellar, evidence-based best practices to your client families.