Agricultural Children Act

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The Agricultural Children Act was an Act of Parliament passed by the United Kingdom Parliament in 1873, which prohibited the agricultural employment of children under the age of eight[1] and also provided for the education of children involved in farm labour. As part of this, the Act stated that children could not be employed in agricultural work without parental confirmation that they had attended school a certain number of times in the preceding twelve months, specifically 250 times for children aged eight to ten and 150 times for individuals over the age of ten.[2] Ultimately, the Act was ineffective,[1][2] and its provisions were replaced by those of the Elementary Education Act 1876 and the Elementary Education Act 1880.[3][4]

See also[edit]

Agricultural Gangs Act 1867


  1. ^ a b Kirkby, Peter (2003). Child Labour in Britain, 1750-1870. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 60. 
  2. ^ a b Bourdillon, Michael F.C.; Levison, Deborah; Myers, William E.; White, Ben (2010). Rights and Wrongs of Children's Work. Rutgers University Press. p. 46. 
  3. ^ Horn, P.L.R. (1974). "The Agricultural Children Act of 1873". History of Education. 3 (2): 27–39. 
  4. ^ "Agricultural Children Act, 1873". 

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