In the Children's Homes
What was it like to be in one of the Children's homes?
What were their schools like, what did they eat and did
they have time to play?
Explore the three modules below and see for yourself.
You can also go to the Virtual Children's Home, choose
a room and discover how it looked and what went on there.
- Some of the homes were small and in ordinary family houses.
- Small groups of children lived with a master and a matron
who acted as parents to them and they would be sent to the local
- Very young children under 7 years old were put with foster
- Other homes were quite large with up to 40 children, especially
the industrial homes where older children were trained in skills
for work outside the homes.
- There was a strict routine to their day. They started with
chores, prayers and breakfast before school.
- The children slept in dormitories of 5 or 6. In the morning
each child had house duties to do: sweeping and dusting, peeling
potatoes or getting the young ones ready.
- From the age of 9 children were expected to make their own
- They would take turns to work in the laundry. To find out
more go to the section about working
in the laundry.
- It wasn't all chores and school. They played with dolls and toy
soldiers, marbles and hoops. Cricket and football were popular
and they held fetes to raise money for the home.