After leaving their foster families children came to live at the Foundling Hospital (sometimes known as the Foundling Hospital School) between the ages of 5 and 14. The school made sure that the children were fed, clothed and received good medical care. However, it was a harsh environment and physical punishment was regularly used, as it was in most schools and institutions of the time. There was also little scope for individual love or attention. Recollections of school life are extremely varied. Some people loved their school days, while others have very difficult memories.