Child Work Permits

Children cannot work until they are 13 years old and may only do work involving light duties. All children aged between 13 and the statutory school leaving age, who are employed, must hold a work permit. Babysitting is not considered ‘work’ by the law. Statutory school leaving date is the last Friday in June in the academic year in which the child is 16 years old.

Please refer to the Oxfordshire County Council website here for information on how to apply for a Child Work Permit and further legal conditions that apply to employing children. Please note that as part of this process the employer and parent/child will need to complete a ‘Part Time Employment of School Children Form’ and then send that form to the Wood Green School Attendance Officer at for their completion.

updated: January 2021