If my child has a National Insurance Number can they work full time?
If a child has been issued with a National Insurance Number this DOES NOT mean that the child/young person can leave school and work full time. A child is of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June of the school year in which he/she reaches his/her 16th birthday.
What age can school children work?
Children must be 13 years old to undertake any part-time work. The forms below are for use by parents/guardians/employers when applying for the necessary work permit for 13-16 yr olds who wish to engage in part time work whilst they are still of compulsory school age.
It is against the law to work without a permit whether the work is paid or unpaid and there are hours and duties which they may and may not undertake, anything outside this criteria is against the law.