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Licences - children and young people - employment byelaws

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: As a child, what do I have to do before starting a part-time job?
If you are under 16, you must apply for a permit from the school before you commence work with an employer.

Q: As a child, what hours can I work on a school day?
Children may be employed for no more than two hours on a school day subject to a maximum of one hour between 7 am and 9 am and no later than 7 pm in the evening on any day. No child may be employed for more than 2 hours on a Sunday.

Q: If I already have a permit that allows me, as a child, to work, what happens if I want to change my job/employer?
If you want to change your job/employer, you will need to make a fresh application even if you already have a permit that allows you, as a school-age child, to work.

Q: Is it illegal to have a job at age 12?
Yes, it is illegal to have a job at the age of 12. Children aged between 10 and 13 can work only for their own parent(s) and then only in light agriculture/horticulture. A child below age 10 cannot have a job in any circumstances.

Q: What age do I need to be before I am allowed to have a part-time job?
If you want to get a part time job, you need to be at least 13, depending on the nature of work. The Byelaws specify in more detail the type of work that can be undertaken. (The Byelaws do not apply if you are over the compulsory age for attending school).

Q: What is a Children's Entertainment License?
A children's entertainment licence is needed for each child who is taking part in a performance where a charge is made (for admission or otherwise) or any broadcast performance or any performance recorded (by whatever means) with a view to its use in a broadcast or in a film intended for public exhibition. The LEA issues licences for school age children to perform in the theatre or on television. Before granting a licence the Education Authority will liaise with the Headteacher of the child's school to ensure that the child's education will not suffer should that licence be granted.

Q: Where can I find information on the employment of children?
Secondary schools have the application forms and Byelaws on the Employment of Children.

Q: Can my child leave school to take up a job even though s/he is only 15?
Generally the answer is no. Only those born after June-September and January-February are likely to be eligible to leave school while still 15 years old.

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