So sorry to hear of your bad experience. Yes i wont lie they are out there! Please try not to let this dampen your spirits, as you say it is your passion to be working with children. Raise your head, do what Becs want to do and go forth. Follow your goals...you will have many steps along the way (objectives) and humps and hurdles, just the same as any other career chosen path. I always say go with your 'gut; feeling....if it feels right, then do it!
The childcare industry is a rather busy one, but yes, even new experienced educators starting out in a new centre need support. Even a new director! You rely on your staff to work as a 'team' and work cooperatively with each other...hence the 'professionalism' in the workplace. So it does pay to try and get along with everyone. Every childcare centre should have policies and procedures in place to meet the legislative requirements of the centre to pass accreditation. I do understand and acknowledge that this does not always happen. Hence, try and chose your centre you go to. Studying your Diploma, or any Diploma is a big step. Be prepared for 'study, study and more study'. What you put in is what you will get out of it. Go to different centres for each prac you have during your studies, if you can. Get a feel for the place. Look at the centres 'rating'. Try and 'buddy' up with someone working in a centre. This also goes with your studies....more heads are better then one.
Please dont be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. We all started out at the beginning to reach where we are today.
I wish you every bit of luck and success in your decisions.