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Child employment

Employment of children

School age children can benefit greatly from part-time employment, if the work is suitable and properly regulated.

Schoolwork, homework and attendance at school are paramount.

Any employment that is undertaken by a school aged child must be licensed with Middlesbrough Council and an employment card must be obtained by the employer.

Download the child employment application form.


Hours that a child may work are:

Age Time period Hours
Under 13   Child may not be employed.
13 - 14 years Term time 2 hours before school
OR
2 hours after school
OR
1 hour before and 1 hour after school

Up to 5 hours on a Saturday totalling up to 12 hours per week
  School holidays Up to a total of 25 hours per week
15 - 16 years Term time

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

Up to 8 hours on a Saturday totalling up to 12 hours per week.

  School holidays

Up to a total of 35 hours per week

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


Children in entertainment

Middlesbrough Council issues licences for school age children to perform in the theatre or on television. Before granting a licence the Local Education Authority will liaise with the head teacher of the child's school to ensure that the child's education will not suffer should the licence be granted.

Download the child performance licence application form.

Contact

Alice Gardner, CEEL Officer
Phone: 01642 201847
Emailalice_gardner@middlesbrough.gov.uk

June Patterson
Phone: 01642 201898
Emailjune_patterson@middlesbrough.gov.uk