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The younger children did chimney sweeping, because they were smaller than the adults, which made them fit better in the chimney.
Children could start working in a coal mine at age five, usually when kids started working at age five in the coal mines they died by the time they were twenty-five.
In the beginning of the Victorian Era children could start working at factories at age five. But, in 1874 a child protecting law had been passed saying children under the age of ten were not aloud to work in factories, do the risk of the job.
Child Labor in the Victorian Era
How old were you when started working? Children from the Victorian Era started between the ages three and five. Some jobs children did were work in iron and coal mines. Even though they did so much, they got little in return.
Many children worked at a young age, because their families were poor and needed money. Children in the winter worked an average of fifty-two hours a week and and sixty-four hours in the summer. Most adults hired children because they could be paid less. So, children got a few pennies a week.
The most common job for children was cleaning chimneys. This was because they are smaller than adults, which makes them fit better in chimneys. Other kids worked at home, doing things such as sewing, sticking labels on bottles, and making brushes. The younger children usually fed chickens, while some older children did other tasks on the farms.
Now children in London have to be thirteen years old to work outside of their house. Although, light work can be given to children under the age of thirteen, such as delivering newspapers and at hair salons. Also, if you work under the age of eighteen you are excluded from the mininum wage.