Children in entertainment

The Children and Young Persons Act 1963, Sections 37-43 (and Regulations made under it) apply to any child under minimum school leaving age (MSLA) who takes part in a performance.

View the regulations

Licences

The general rule is that no child may take part in a performance unless licensed to do so by the local authority in whose area he lives.

Licences are granted where the local authority is satisfied about the child's fitness and about provisions made for his or her health, kind treatment and education.

All licences are subject to approval by the local authority.

Important

The Local Authority in accordance with legislation can insist on 21 days notice being required from between receipt of a completed application and the first date that the child is required.

Where possible, in agreement with the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) this Authority will endeavour to process applications with a minimum of ten days notice.

How to apply

Complete the licence application form and return to Nash Kalyanji, Child Licensing Officer.

Email: nash.kalyanji@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Education Welfare Service
First Floor
Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3BZ

Restrictions in relation to all perfomances
Topic Age 0 to 4 Age 5 to 8 Age 9 and over
Maximum number of hours at place of performance or rehearsal (Reg.22) 5 hours 8 hours 9.5 hours
Earliest and latest permitted times at place of performance or rehearsal (Reg.21) 7am to 10pm 7am to 11pm 7am to 11pm
Maximum period of continuous performance or rehearsal (Reg.22) 30 minutes 2.5 hours 2.5 hours
Maximum total hours of performance or rehearsal (Reg.22) 2 hours 3 hours 5 hours
Minimum intervals for meals and rest (Reg.23)

Any breaks must be for a minimum of 15 minutes.

If at the place of performance or rehearsal for more than 4 hours, breaks must include at least one 45 minute meal break.

If present at the place of performance or rehearsal for more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours, they must have one meal break of 45 minutes and at least one break of 15 minutes.

If present at the place of performance or rehearsal for 8 hours or more, they must have the breaks stated above plus another break of 15 minutes.

If present at the place of performance or rehearsal for more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours, they must have one meal break of 45 minutes and at least one break of 15 minutes.

If present at the place of performance or rehearsal for 8 hours or more, they must have the breaks stated above plus another break of 15 minutes.

Education (Reg.13) N/A

3 hours per day (maximum of 5 hours per day). 15 hours per week, taught only on school days.

Minimum of 6 hours in a week if aggregating over 4 week period or less.

3 hours per day (maximum of 5 hours per day). 15 hours per week, taught only on school days.

Minimum of 6 hours in a week if aggregating over 4 week period or less.

Minimum break between performances (Reg.23) 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes
Maximum consecutive days to take part in performance or rehearsal (Reg.26) 6 days 6 days 6 days

Please note that Regulation 5 allows the licensing authority to further restrict these permitted hours, breaks etc. and place additional conditions on the licence if this would be in the best interests of the individual child.

Updated: 12 May 2015