Types of work allowed and restrictions

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No child of any age may be employed

  • In a cinema, theatre or discotheque, dance hall or night club, (except in connection with a performance given entirely by children or under the terms and conditions of an entertainment licence).
  • To sell or deliver alcohol except in sealed containers.
  • To deliver milk or fuel oils.
  • In a commercial kitchen.
  • To collect or sort refuse.
  • In any work more than three metres above ground, or in the case of internal work three metres above floor level.
  • In employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents.
  • In work involving exposure to adult material or in situations which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable to children.
  • In telephone sales.
  • In a slaughterhouse or in butcher's shop or other place connected with the killing/butchery of livestock or the preparation of meat for sale.
  • As an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade, or in any other place used for the purpose of public amusement by automatic machines, games of chance, or skill etc.
  • In personal care of residents of any residential home or nursing home unless under the supervision of a responsible adult.
  • To collect money or canvass door to door, except under the supervision of an adult.
  • Before 7am or after 7pm.

Examples of light work allowed

  • Agricultural or horticultural work.
  • Delivery of newspapers, journals etc.
  • Shop work.
  • Hairdressing salons.
  • Office work.
  • Car washing (by hand in a private residential setting).
  • In a cafe or restaurant.
  • In a riding stables.
  • Domestic work in hotels etc.

Child employment : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Child Employment Officer - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF