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Employing children under three years of age

If you employ a child under three years of age to work in entertainment, exhibition and still photography, you are required to have a registered nurse or registered midwife present during the employment.

The registered nurse or registered midwife is there to:

  • advise the employer of the child’s suitability for employment
  • advise the employer on the suitability of the environment in which the child will work, and  whether or not it will cause the child to become distressed

The employer must, during the child's employment,  follow the advice of the registered nurse or registered midwife in all matters that that relate to the welfare of the child.

Babies under 12 weeks of age

Special permission is required before you can employ a baby under 12 weeks of age as the Authority does not cover this age group.

Have a registered nurse or registered midwife assess the baby for employment and for them to be satisfied that the baby:

  • was delivered full term and in good health
  • had a birth weight of at least three kilograms
  • has not had any post-natal problems
  • is feeding successfully
  • has had satisfactory weight gain since birth.

Completed the registered nurse / registered midwife assessment form (DOC 116KB) and email to kids@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

Special permission will only be given to the employer once we have received the registered nurse’s or registered midwife's assessment and are satisfied that the baby under 12 weeks of age is suitable for employment.

During employment, the baby must not be exposed to direct lighting, have make up applied or be handled by more than four people (including the mother and the registered nurse or registered midwife).

If someone has a respiratory or skin infection, they must not be allowed to come into contact with the baby.

 

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