Thank you ladies!
I had a really, really good day today. I was with the 2.5-3year old group. I was myself. Upbeat, chipper, happy, creative. And it was a "full day"-7.30am-6.30pm as well! I also had a chat with the toddler room leader, and she's given me 3 key children, with more as they come up from the baby room.
I've seen lots of brilliant ideas on the forum, and from your replies, and I thank you for them.
Today has inspired me to finish off loads of my NVQ3 coursework, and study for my driver's theory test as well. Once I can drive, I hope to do more courses, and broaden my horizons.
Ultimately, I want to work with special needs children, possibly within a Montessori based nursery.
There is hope. Things will get better. I'll keep you posted! Thanks for listening.