Olivia:Of course you're burned out--this is not a good situation for you or the children in your care. First I would check your state regs for teacher-child ratio for toddlers. In Mass. it isn't legal for one teacher to be alone with 6 Toddlers. If it is in your state, it's still not best practice. It sounds like you're doing all the right things. You may want to simplify your activities as much as possible. I often think that when a classroom has a lot of stress it helps to get back to simple basics. You aren't at all to blame here. Every teacher needs support and it doesn't sound like you're getting it. I wonder if there are any centers in your area that you could visit that are caring for Toddlers in a way that is more supportive of teachers and children. It may be time to look for something else, if that's possible.
I happened to notice your page said Bright Horizons. I was curious if that was a corporate entity that runs early childhood? I ask because I've noticed a trend that many early childhood centers are ran through a corporate company, and sadly it seems like there's not enough support for the teachers because the goal is to maximize profit.
In any case, don't beat yourself up. You're doing the best you can, and are actively seeking support. You do what you can, and take care of yourself!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed that. I was wondering if my perception was skewed. A bunch of stuff happened at my last corporate chain job that ultimately led to me putting in my notice a few weeks ago. I'm trying to find a better position in ECE that's not ran by a corporate entity, but it's tough, especially when they keep asking about my last job && there's a lot of negativity towards it. My last center had no support from administration, no support staff, and the staff we did have were low quality due to the state having lax standards to become an ECE teacher in the private sector. I am sending you all my good thoughts and vibes that things get better for you. You can do this! Take care of yourself and know at the end of the day you did what you could for your littles!