Child performances: allowed child activities

The laws regulating children performances and activities:

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these laws and regulations. If you have any queries you should contact the Council’s Learning Access Service.

Children aged 0-4

  • Max number of hours at place of performance in one day: 5
  • Earliest start time (Reg.21): 07:00
  • Latest time (Reg.21): 22:00
  • Max period of continuous performance or rehearsal (Reg.22): 30 minutes
  • Max total hours of performance or re- hearsal (Reg.22): 2 hours
  • Minimum intervals for meals and rest (Reg.23): Any break 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.
  • Minimum break between performances (Reg. 23): 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Maximum consecutive days to take part in performances or rehearsal (Reg.26): 6 days

Children aged 5-8

  • Max number of hours at place of performance in one day: 8
  • Earliest start time (Reg.21): 07:00
  • Latest time (Reg.21): 23:00
  • Max period of continuous performance or rehearsal (Reg.22): 2.5 hours
  • Max total hours of performance or re- hearsal (Reg.22): 3 hours
  • Minimum intervals for meals and rest (Reg.23): 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: Regulation 13(4) will be met if the child receives education:
    • Not less than 3 hours per day (aggregated over a period of 4 weeks); but
    • No more than 5 hours on any school day; and
    • Receiving education totalling not less than 6 hours per week.

      e.g. If a child would normally be attending maintained school for 5 days a week, over a 4 week period, the child would be required to undertake 60 hours education (3 hours x 5 days x 4 weeks).
  • Minimum break between performances (Reg. 23): 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Maximum consecutive days to take part in performances or rehearsal (Reg.26): 6 days

Children aged 9 and over

  • Max number of hours at place of performance in one day: 9.5
  • Earliest start time (Reg.21): 07:00
  • Latest time (Reg.21): 23:00
  • Max period of continuous performance or rehearsal (Reg.22): 2.5 hours
  • Max total hours of performance or re- hearsal (Reg.22): 5 hours
  • Minimum intervals for meals and rest (Reg.23): 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: Regulation 13(4) will be met if the child receives education:
    • Not less than 3 hours per day (aggregated over a period of 4 weeks); but
    • No more than 5 hours on any school day; and
    • Receiving education totalling not less than 6 hours per week.

      e.g. If a child would normally be attending maintained school for 5 days a week, over a 4 week period, the child would be required to undertake 60 hours education (3 hours x 5 days x 4 weeks).
  • Minimum break between performances (Reg. 23): 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Maximum consecutive days to take part in performances or rehearsal (Reg.26): 6 days