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Child employment

Employing children

School-age children can benefit greatly from part-time work, if it is suitable and regulated properly. However, schoolwork, homework, and attendance at school must always come first.

Any work undertaken by a school-age child must be licensed with Middlesbrough Council, and the employer must get an employment card.

Download the child employment application form (PDF).

Hours which children may work

Age of child Time of year Hours Breakdown
Under 13 Child may not be employed (except in entertainment)
13 to 14 years Term time

Up to a total of 12 hours per week

School days

2 hours before school
OR
2 hours after school
OR
1 hour before and 1 hour after school

Weekends

Up to 5 hours on Saturdays

Up to 2 hours on Sundays

13 to 14 years School holidays

Up to a total of 25 hours per week

A maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays

A maximum of 2 hours on Sundays

15 to 16 years Term time

Up to a total of 12 hours per week

School days

2 hours before school
OR
2 hours after school
OR
1 hour before and 1 hour after school

Weekends

Up to 8 hours on Saturdays

Up to 2 hours on Sundays

15 to 16 years School holidays

Up to a total of 35 hours per week

    A maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays

    A maximum of 2 hours on Sundays

    Visit GOV.UK for further restrictions and conditions around child employment.

    Children in entertainment

    We issue licences for school age children to model, or to perform in the theatre or on television. Find out more about Child Performance Licences.

    Children in entertainment will need a chaperone. Read more about chaperones.

    Contact

    Email: CEEL@middlesbrough.gov.uk

    June Patterson
    Phone: 01642 201898

    Leanne Barker
    Phone: 01642 729435