Child Employment

A Guide for Children of School Age

Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (Amended)

A school age child who wishes to obtain employment in the County of Flintshire must apply for a:

Work Permit

There are bye laws which determine the type of work children can undertake and the hours they can work. Further advice can be obtained from your Local Education Authority - Contact childlicences@flintshire.gov.uk.

Work Permit Information 

An application form for a work permit is attached. It must be completed by both parent/s or guardian and the employer. The Employer has a duty to share with you the Assessment of any risk that your child may face in undertaking employment.

Parents' Application form

Employers' Application Form

Please direct any queries to childlicences@flintshire.gov.uk.

13 years of age or over (but under 15)

To take up part time employment children must be 13 years of age or over. If you are 13 years of age or over (but under 15) your employment should not exceed the following criteria for Mornings, Evenings, Saturday or School Holidays, Sundays or Weekly Maximum:- 

Morning

A maximum of 1 hour to be worked between 7.00am and commencement of school.

Evening

A Maximum of 2 hours between the close of school and 7.00pm (Please Note: Only 1 hour can be worked if child has worked before school)

Saturday or School Holiday

A maximum of 5 hours per day (excluding intervals for meals or rest)

Sunday

A maximum of 2 hours

Weekly Maximum

Term Time – 12 hours
Holiday Time – 25 hours

15 years of age and has not reached the school leaving age

If the child seeking employment is 15 years of age and has not reached the school leaving age (this is the last Friday in June in the school year in which a child reaches the age of 16). The same applies as with the above for 13 years of age or over (but under 15) apart from Saturday or School Holiday and Weekly Maximum. Please see below:- 

Saturday or School Holiday

A maximum of 8 hours per day (excluding intervals for meals or rest)

Weekly Maximum

Term Time – 12 hours
Holiday Time – 35 hours

Important :

All children should have at least two consecutive weeks without employment in the school holidays at some point during the year and No more than 4 hours to be worked continuously without a break.

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