Part time employment of school children 

The regulations relating to the employment of school children in Newcastle upon Tyne are contained in the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 as amended by Newcastle City Council byelaws (pdf, 35Kb).

The regulations apply to all children of compulsory school age (up to the last Friday in June of the school year of their sixteenth birthday). They place limits on the age at which a child may work and on the number of hours that children can be employed.  

Employers must inform their local authority that they have employed a school age child. If satisfied with the arrangements, the local authority will issue the child with an employment permit but this may be rescinded, or employment restricted, should there be any concern that the child's health or education is suffering.

The youngest age that a child can work is 13. 

Restrictions for child employment

Children may not be employed for more than:

  • 1 hour before school
  • 2 hours in total on any school day
  • 12 hours per week in term time
  • 2 hours on any Sunday
  • 8 hours, or if under 15, for more than 5 hours in school holidays and Saturdays (weekly maximum of 35 hours or, if under 15, weekly maximum of 25 hours)
  • 4 hours without a rest break of 1 hour

Children must have a break of 2 weeks during school holidays in any year


Application for an employment permit

If your child has been offered a job you can ensure that an application for an employment permit is filled in


The Attendance Service will: 

  • process and record all applications for employment (work) permits
  • carry out routine checks on employers and spot checks through visiting
  • monitor child employment city-wide
  • enforce the byelaws as appropriate
  • give advice to employers, schools, parents and children


Other information

National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) can offer further guidance and information about children in entertainment and employment.



For further advice on the employment of children please contact the Attendance Service at:

Attendance Service
The Heaton Centre
Trewhitt Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 277 4500

Page last updated: 
1 February 2015
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