Poor Children There was no money for toys, nowhere to play except alleys and yards. Many poor children lived in tiny country cottages or city slums. If they had any toys they would be ragdolls or cheap penny toys. Children had to work for little or no money. Most familys couldn’t afford to take their kids to school.
Rich Children In victorian times you were either a rich child or a poor child. Their toys would be toy soldiers or maybe a train set. They would go away to a good boarding school or would be tutored by a governor at home.
The child workhouse The workhouse was a place where orphans and disabled children went. They would get food and a bed in return for work like picking oakum. The children who were born in the workhouse often stayed in the workhouse. You had to get up at 7am and work till 4pm and bed by 8pm every day. The punishment for not obeying the rules was nothing but bread and water for 2 days.
Victorian schools Only richer families could afford to pay the school fees, though some schools gave free places to poor boys. Poor girls did not go to school when the Victorian age began meaning they had little education. Sometimes, wealthy girls may have attended boarding schools. Ragged Schools were schools for poor children. One of the first was started in Portsmouth.
Chimney sweeps The children were frequently underfed so that they would remain small enough for the work. The work was extremely dangerous, severe burns, falls and lung disease killed many of the children. Children were not necessary, the job could be done, more safely, just a well, by using brushes. Children as young as 3 were used for the job. - They "outgrew" the job around 9 or 10.
New laws for schools Reformers campaigned for new laws to improve working conditions for children and give children the opportunity for schooling. In 1870 Parliament said there had to be a school in every town and village. In the 1860s a farmer might pay 6 pence (6d) a week for each child. By 1880, the law said that all children aged 5 to 10 must go to primary school, so every child would receive at least a basic education.
Comparison!Rich children Poor children they would always go to the If they did not work top schools whatever the properly , they would not price. eat dinner! They would get everything There was no fun it was all work they wanted. They would be lucky if They were fed proper they would live to 40 nutritious food. Their houses were literally And they would get big shaks! houses and lots of helpers. Verdict: rich children win!