Child entertainment & performance licence

A licence is required for a child who performs in the entertainment industry. This is needed for a child from birth to the end of compulsory education. A young person reaching 16 years of age between the start of the school year (year 11) and 31 August remains of compulsory school age until the last Friday of June in that year.

Modelling licence

A modelling licence is required for still photographic assignments e.g. catalogue, leaflets, posters etc.

Performance licence

A performance licence is for performances which can be live, filmed or broadcast. These could include: films, tv, radio, commercials, sport, music groups, theatre, amateur dramatics and dance groups.

The person responsible for the production or event should apply for the licence to the local authority the parent or guardian pays council tax.

Application form

Paper applications are no longer accepted.

What you need before completing the online form

Before you apply for a licence online you will need the following documents completed and in an electronic format to upload into the online form:

You will also need the following:

  • a copy of the contract, draft contract or other documents (where they exist) containing details of the agreement regulating the child’s participation in the performance or activity to which this application relates.
  • a copy of child's passport or birth certificate
  • a passport style photograph of the child, taken within the last 6 months

Processing and timescales

Current legislation for child performance licence applications requires 21 days notice. However, we do attempt to process applications within 10 working days (not including weekends or bank holidays).

Validity of licence

A separate licence is needed for each production, set of performances or modelling assignment.

Guidance notes

Please note it is your responsibility to read and fully understand the statutory requirements for the licence you are applying for. Failure to comply with the regulations may lead to the licence being revoked and/or prosecution:

Wage

There is no minimum wage for a child under 16 years.

Restrictions

Children are only allowed to model or perform for a set number of hours per day.

All performances

Age Can work between: Maximum time at venue Maximum performance time Maximum continuous time without a break Minimum intervals for meals and rest Minimum break between performances   Maximum consecutive days to take part in performance or rehearsal   
0-4 year olds 7am and 10pm 5 hours 2 hours 30 minutes Any breaks must be a minimum of 15 minutes.  A 45 minute meal break must be taken if they are at the performance venue for more than 4 hours   1.5 hours  6 days
5-8 year olds 7am and 11pm 8 hours 3 hours 2.5 hours Any breaks must be a minimum of 15 minutes. A 45 minute meal break must be taken if they are at the performance venue for more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours. If over 8 hours then must have break already stated plus additional 15 minute break 1.5 hours   6 days
9 year olds and over 7am and 11pm 9.5 hours 5 hours 2.5 hours Any breaks must be a minimum of 15 minutes. A 45 minute meal break must be taken if they are at the performance venue for more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours. If over 8 hours then must have break already stated plus additional 15 minute break  1.5 hours  6 days

Contact us

If you have any further question you can email us: childemployment@slough.gov.uk