National Children’s Home Harpenden
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One of the smaller boys takes it easy and gets a ride in the wheelbarrow during chores at the Highfield branch of the National Children’s Home.
Wakefield House is in the left of the picture. (Sister Pearl rules O.K.)
Another Study on us.
Collection of data by the four survey methods
National Children’s Home.
The children live in ‘families’ in separate ‘houses’, each ‘family’ consisting of about twenty children, ranging from infants to adolescents of both sexes, in the care of a Sister and deputy Sister.
The study was limited to five children aged 10-15 years in ten ‘houses’, that is, fifty children in all, the diet of each child being recorded for 3 days.
The work was planned so that the results from the four methods could be compared on exactly the same diets. The following is an example of the procedure. .
For breakfast a child might have porridge, bread and butter and a cup of cocoa. The porridge bowl was put on the scales and the point of the scales set to zero. The porridge was measured into the bowl in tablespoons and these were recorded.
The porridge was then weighed. An equal weight of porridge was then taken and put into the Kilner jar for analysis. The number of slices of bread a child ate was recorded, and each slice weighed, and then duplicates were put into the Kilner jar. The amount of butter used by each child was weighed each day and a duplicate weight put into the Kilner jar for each day. For the cocoa, the cup was put on the scale, the pointer set to zero, the cocoa poured in and the amount recorded in cupfuls, and weighed. The scale pointer was set back to zero, the sugar was put in the cocoa in teaspoons and weighed. Duplicate amounts of sugar and cocoa were then put into the Kilner jar for analysis.
One though was it butter or Marg.
During the early 1940s the diet at Highfield was looked at by experts and compared with children not in a children’s home, it appeared that children were given enough to eat to keep them healthy.
Average daily intake of foods found by three methods of survey in the National Children’s Home, Harpenden
Meat, bacon and fish 2.7 oz
Meat, fish pies and puddings 3.6 oz
Cheese dishes 0.6 oz
Puddings 7.2 oz
Potatoes 4.6 oz
Vegetables 2.5 oz
Fruit 1.7 oz
Bread and other cereals 15.1 oz
Cheese 0.12 oz
Eggs number 0.26
Sugar 0.88 oz
Preserves 1.09 oz
Fats 0.09 oz
Milk (pt.) 0.65
Calories () 2660