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Children in employment

All school-age children who work part time must be registered with us.

It's the responsibility of the employer to register all school age children working for them, and to carry out a risk assessment. To register, please download and complete the application form and send it to the child employment officer.

Child working hours

  • Children must not work before 7am or after 7pm
  • Children are not allowed to work more than 12 hours a week during term time
  • All school age children must have at least two consecutive weeks off during school holidays

13 - 14 years

  • School days - two hours (children can only work out of school hours. This may include an hour before school)
  • Saturdays - five hours
  • Sundays - two hours
  • School holidays - five hours (up to a maximum of 25 hours a week)

15 - 16 years

  • School days - two hours (children can only work out of school hours. This may include an hour before school)
  • Saturdays - eight hours
  • Sundays - two hours
  • School holidays - eight hours (up to a maximum of 35 hours a week)

Useful information about child employment and child performance can be found on the NNCEE website.

Please note that applications for both Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council are processed at the following address: Child Employment Officer, Attendance Support Team, Telford & Wrekin Council, 6 Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, TF3 4JA.  Child.employment@telford.gov.uk