Our Nursery Nurses

Southampton Children’s Hospital

Thanks to the incredibly generous donations we have recieved since launching our charity, we have been able to pilot our pre-school education scheme at Southampton Children’s Hosptial. In partnership with Taplins, the NHS Foundation Trust’s workplace nursery provider, Piggles Trust is thrilled to have funded the first nursery nurse in the NHS! This is a huge achievement, but we hope only the start of what is to come.

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Meet Lorraine

I am a qualified Nursery Nurse with 34 years of experience. It is my privilege to be the Nursery Practitioner working for Piggles Trust. The role can be very challenging  and emotional, but so rewarding. If I can make a child smile, I know I have done a good job. If I can make them laugh, I have done a better job.

I spend up to an hour with a patient providing activities including messy play, mark making, songs, stories, puzzles, games, fine and gross motor skills, incorporating the child’s own interests and level of ability. Activities are centred around the Early Learning Foundation Stage, EYFS, goals. The children can have fun and forget about why they are in hospital at that time.

The Piggles sessions give parents an opportunity to have some respite time if they wish. Patients have their own learning journal containing photos, observations and the EYFS goals they have achieved. I am very passionate about my role and want to carry on the love for Harriet to all the patients I see.

What the parents say


“Lorraine has been an amazing part of my child’s stay in hospital . I feel she has helped with my child’s needs and support in a fantastic way and I cannot thank her enough for her sessions she has done!”


“Lorraine has been truly amazing. My son doesn’t take to people he doesn’t know – and he really looks forward to his sessions!”


“Lorraine engaged with my son extremely well.
She even got him to use his hands to make things, which is huge, as my son doesn’t like things getting on his hands!! A huge thank you!”


“Lorraine brightened our days! Her smile was so warm, and I will cherish his learning journal forever. This is by far the best thing to be introduced to hospitals!”

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