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Guide Employing children

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4. Hours children can work

School days

  • For not more than two hours in any day
  • Only between 7am and 8am and between the end of the school day and 7pm
  • For no more than one hour in the morning period.

Saturdays and school holidays

  • A child between 13 to 14 may be employed for up to five hours per day between 7am and 7pm subject to a maximum of 25 hours per week
  • A child aged 15 years and over may be employed for up to eight hours a day between 7am and 7pm subject to a maximum of 35 hours per week
  • A child shall not be employed for more than four hours continuously without a period of at least one hour for rest and recreation

Sundays

  • A child can only be employed between 7am and 7pm and for no more than two hours.