With the safety of the children performing or in employment being paramount, to prevent the spread of Covid 19 and to adhere to the Government ‘Social Distancing’ guidance and avoiding all non essential travel, Richmond and Kingston Council are putting a hold on the issuing of Licenses for Children in Entertainment, Work Permits and Chaperone Applications until further notice.  

In accordance with the by-laws regulating employment of children made under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 as amended by the Education Act 1944 to 1962 and the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, application must be made to the Local Authority for permission to work before work is undertaken.

Information for employers

For further information contact the Lead Child Licensing Officer on nash.kalyanji@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Please note a child will need a work permit until they finish statutory school. This will be until the last Friday in June at the end of Year 11, after which they will no longer need a work permit.

Employer notification form – Richmond (opens a word doc)


Employer notification form – Kingston (opens a word doc)

Please email the completed form for your local authority, the child’s photo and copy of birth certificate to ews@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Restrictions on child employment

There are several restrictions on when and where children are allowed to work.

Children are not allowed to work:

  • without an employment permit issued by the education department of the local council, if this is required by local bylaws
  • in places like a factory or industrial site
  • during school hours
  • before 7am or after 7pm
  • for more than one hour before school (unless local bylaws allow it)
  • for more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 1 hour
  • in most jobs in pubs and betting shops and those prohibited in local bylaws
  • in any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being or education
  • without having a 2-week break from any work during the school holidays in each calendar year

There are also special rules which only apply during term times and school holiday times.

Term time rules

During term time children can only work a maximum of 12 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays for 13 to 14-year-olds, or 8 hours for 15 to 16-year-olds
School holiday rules

During school holidays 13 to 14-year-olds are only allowed to work a maximum of 25 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

During school holidays 15 to 16-year-olds can only work a maximum of 35 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday
Local rules on the types of work children can do

Local bylaws list the jobs that children cannot do. If a job is on this list, a child under the minimum school leaving age cannot do this work.

Local bylaws may also have other restrictions on working hours, conditions of work and the type of employment.

For further information contact the Lead Child Licensing Officer on nash.kalyanji@achievingforchildren.org.uk