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Child Employment



There are rules and regulations to safeguard children who have part time jobs and children who take part in entertainment. The legislation ensures that a child’s education does not suffer and the child is not put at risk of harm by taking part in these activities.


Under national laws and Stoke onTrent City Council by-laws, licences can only be issued within strictly defined limits:

  • All work must be "light duties" only.
  • Children must be at least 13 years old to be employed.
  • 13 year olds can only do a job on a specified list.
  • No child under school leaving age can work before 7am or after 7pm on any day (including school holidays)
  • No child can be employed for more than 2 hours on a school day and certainly not during school hours.
  • No child can be employed for more than 12 hours in a school week (including the weekend)
  • Sunday employment is restricted to 2 hours only between 7am and 7pm.

Saturdays and in school holidays

13-14 year olds

13-14 year olds can work a maximum 5 hours per day; up to 25 hours in total per week, (with a one hour break after 4 hours)

15-16 year olds

15-16 year olds can work up to 8 hours per day; up to 35 hours in total per week, (with a one hour break after four hours)

Work falling outside these restrictions is illegal and cannot be licensed.

Jobs that must have a licence

Any employment of a school aged child in a "trade or occupation carried on for profit" is illegal without a licence. This includes parents employing their own children in their business, even if they are not paid. Examples of work a child could be licenced for:

  • Paper rounds
  • Shop work
  • Cleaning
  • Work on farms
  • Clerical/office work
  • Leaflet delivery
  • Waiting at tables

Jobs that don't need a licence

Not all work is covered by the law on part-time jobs, itemised below are examples of part-time jobs that do not require a licence:

  • Children doing odd jobs around the house or for neighbours.
  • Babysitting
  • Work experience organised by your child's school.

Parents are strongly advised they know what their child Is responsible for doing and that they are safe.

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Who to contact

01782 236398


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