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Children in work, entertainment and chaperones

There is legislation in place to protect children who are of compulsory school age and who work part-time or who are involved in entertainment, sporting activities or modelling.

Children in work

The child employment leaflet explains the type of work and hours that children (who are of compulsory school age) are legally allowed to do. The law states that a child is of compulsory school age up to the last Friday in June in the academic year in which they turn 16. If your child finds a part-time job they will need to apply for a work permit from Cambridgeshire County Council, which must be signed by you as parents / carers, their employer and their school (not required during school holidays).

Child employment leaflet

Information for employers and parents / carers.

Size: 93.13 KB File format: pdf

Application for a work permit

For the employment of a school-aged child.

Size: 177.50 KB File format: doc

Children in entertainment

There are regulations covering children working in entertainment (this covers children from birth to end of compulsory school leaving age), which includes restrictions on the working hours / breaks. The performance hours and breaks table shows details of these restrictions.

More information on child employment and entertainment can be found on GOV.UK or by calling Cambridgeshire County Council's Child Employment Team on 01354 750 166.

Performance licence and work permit application forms can be submitted via email to: [email protected].

Performance times for children in entertainment

Children in entertainment - restrictions in relation to all performances.

Size: 30.45 KB File format: pdf

Terms of reference

For requesting applications for performance licences.

Size: 85.77 KB File format: pdf


Children in entertainment can be looked after either by their own parent or a licensed chaperone. To apply to become a chaperone, please see the Terms of Reference document below.

Terms of reference for Chaperone Licences

Size: 85.31 KB File format: pdf


Child Employment Office
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01354 750 166
Post: Hereward Hall, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NE

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