About Childsplay Models
How does Childsplay Models Work
This page will tell you how Childsplay Models works as a model agency and also answers some other questions you may have.

1. How Childsplay Works

How to join Childsplay Models Step 1 If you apply for your child or children to join Childplay Models and we think that from their photograph they have modelling potential we will send you our full information along with an invitation for you to come and meet us and have some test shots taken.
How to join Childsplay Models Step 2 If you decide you would like to come in and meet us our sister company, Allsorts Design, will take test shots of your child. One of Allsorts Design's photographers will take approximately 6-10 test shots and will observe how your child or children behave in the studio. The photographer will then inform us how your child coped and behaved in the studio. These photographs will be e-mailed to you so that you can keep them.

How to join Childsplay Models Step 3 Once the test shots have been taken you will be given free careers advice regarding child modelling in general and joining Childplay Models. This takes a relaxed line enabling us to talk to the potential candidate and gauge their personality and talents. We encourage self expression, so if there are any particular skills or attributes you or your child wish to show us we welcome the opportunity to view them. In the case of babies and young children we see how they react to being around strangers and in a strange environment. We will also explain in more detail how Childplay Models works and answer any questions you may have.

How to join Childsplay Models Step 4 You will be advised if we consider your child suitable for modelling and if that is the case they will be offered a contract with Childplay Models. There is no decision for you to make on the day - we will ask you to take the Enrolement Form away with you and decide if you would like to enrol your child for representation with us. If we feel that your child is not ready at this stage we will advise you and if possible suggest options for the future.


How do Childsplay Models represent the Children on their books?

Childplay Models has two levels of representation which are as follows:

Gallery Representation

Your child’s basic details and one photograph from your test shoot will be placed on the secure Gallery section of our website which only our clients have access to. Our clients will look at this area of our website when they are looking to cast roles and choose who they want to audition. This representation is for one year.

Cost of Gallery Representation £50*

*for a one year contract, plus the cost of Test Shots

  Directory Representation

As well as your child featuring in our online Gallery your child will also be included on our CD-ROM Model Directory, our interactive model catalogue. Each child has two large colour photos together with details about each child’s skills and experience. This catalogue is regularly updated and circlated to our carefully selected clients. Photographs of babies are regularly updated to ensure our clients have up-to-date pictures and information at all times.

Cost of Directory Representation £160*

*for a two year contract, plus the cost of Test Shots and a full Photo Session


The Childsplay Online Gallery section of our website is password protected and a link and password will be sent to our clints to enable them to look at the children in the Gallery.

The Childsplay Models CD-Rom Model Directory is fully interactive, with our clients being able to search for children by age, eye colour, hair colour, height and ethnicity or by any particular skill they might need a child to have. They can then print out specific pages for future reference.

Clients will also sometimes ask us for our suggestions for a casting brief they need to fill in which case Childsplay Models will email them either head shots or a full c.v. depending on what the client asks us for and how much information they need.

Click here to see a sample page from the Childsplay Models CD-Rom Model Directory

HOW MUCH DO CHILDSPLAY MODELS’S SERVICES COST?
Childsplay Models do not charge a joining or registration fee. The amounts to cover the expenses of production costs at Childsplay Models are as follows:

Gallery Production - £50.00
If you are accepted by Childsplay Models you will be told how to join the agency but you will not be asked to make a decision on the day - we like you as parents to have time to think about whether joining Childsplay Models is right for both you and your child/children. This amount to cover the production of placing your child on our Online Gallery and should be sent back with the Enrolment Form which will be handed to you at the conclusion of a positive assessment. This amount is a production cost and is not a joining fee

Directory Production - £160.00
If you are accepted by Childsplay Models you will be told how to join the agency but you will not be asked to make a decision on the day - we like you as parents to have time to think about whether joining Childsplay Models is right for both you and your child/children. This amount to cover the production of placing your child on our CD-Rom Model Catalogue should be sent back with the Enrolment Form which will be handed to you at the conclusion of a positive assessment and is payable prior to an appointment being arranged for a photo session. This amount is a production cost and is not a joining fee.

The photographic charges by Allsorts Design to cover their photographic services are as follows:

Test Shots with Allsorts Design
Allsorts will take approximately 8-10 medium resolution test shots and will observe how your child behaves in the studio. Once the test shots have been taken you will be given free careers advice regarding Child Modelling.

The cost of the test shots is £35 for one child, £50.00 for two children andd £10.00 per child extra per child over and above two. This is payable on the day by cash or cheque (with a valid cheque guarantee card). After they are taken, the test shots taken will be emailed to you for your own personal use.

Photographic Session with Allsorts Design - £60.00
At the commencement of your child's photo session you will be asked to pay the balance due, being £80.00. This is to cover the cost of having a professional photographic session taken in our studio.

The photo session will involve taking high resolution digital photographs (usually between 15 - 18 images) from which we will chose the best two photographs to be included on our CD-Rom Model Catalogue. The resulting digital photographs will be forwarded to you on CD a minimum of eight weeks after the photo session and are yours to keep.

Children under three years of age at the date of joining Childsplay Models are entitled to return for an update photo session once they have changed noticably in their appearance. This is usually approximately six months after the first session. The cost of this is included within the fees payable.

Please Note:

If you have already had professional photographs taken of your child or children in a studio these can be used as long as they can be supplied to us as high resolution jpg files on a CD or other readable media.

If your child is entitled to a free update photo session, it is the responsibility of the parent to book this once the you feel your child has changed sufficently. Childsplay Models will not call you to make this appointment as we do not know when your child has changed sufficiently.

All of the above costs cover a one year contract with the agency (unless stated otherwise). They relate to the charges for one child (unless stated otherwise). Identical multiple births are classed as one enrolment.

Should you have any queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact us.

Why do I have to pay money to a Child Model Agency?
People are often told by adult model agencies or friends that you should never pay any money to join an agency. This is true for adult model agencies but they run in a different way to childmodel agencies. Adult models usually have to pay for their own photographs and promotional material and are then sent around to see different clients at their own expense.

Our clients expect child modelagencies to produce promotional materials (Model Books, Websites, etc) so that they can see models before calling them to an audition. Childsplay Models now produces its Model Catalogue on an interactive CD-Rom which allows clients to search for specific ages, ethnic groups, height, hair or eye colouring, etc. This catalogue is then distributed to all the photographers, casting agents, advertising agencies, directors and other clients on our mailing list so that they can look up which children they want to use for their castings. The Childsplay Models CD-Rom Model Catalogue is updated 2-3 times a year, so that our clients always have the most up-to-date photographs and statistics of our models.

We do not put any of our model's images or details online as we do not feel this is a safe way to promote child models.

In line with current employment law the money you pay to Childsplay Models is to cover the cost of producing your child’s page on our CD-Rom Model Catalogue, including design, production and distribution costs and is not a joining fee.

What happens at a photosession?
The Test Shots will take place in the small professional studio of our sister company Allsorts Design, based at the same address as Childsplay Models. The Test Shots take a friendly, relaxed line so as not to overwhelm the children and enabling you all to enjoy the experience. It also provides us with an opportunity to observe your child’s reaction in front of and behind the camera and allow us to make constructive comments to yourself.

Please take note of the following guidelines regarding clothing for the Test Shots:

Babies and children up to three years please bring one outfit. Comfortable, easy-fit, non-restrictive outfits are best, or an outfit that your child enjoys wearing. It is important that babies and young children are as comfortable as possible. Lace, frills, ties, earings and other jewelry, bow ties and braces are not suitable.
Children aged three years and upwards please wear one outfit that the model enjoys wearing and feels comfortable in. Please try to avoid any advertising with names or big logos that appear on the clothing.
Due to the use of a white backdrop in our studio, white clothing is inappropriate - white clothing will literally fade into the background as will anything too pale such as pastel shades.
Black clothing is also inappropriate - black clothing will appear flat and without texture.
Please dress your children in strong, bright colours.
You will receive a copy of all of your child’s Test Shots via email, so you will need access to an email address with a minimum attachment allowance of at least 5MB. Unless you are informed otherwise, this is usually done within one to two working days of the test shoot.

We hope that you and your child will enjoy having the Test Shots taken. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Childsplay office.

A guide to your child's Full Photo Session
The Full Photo Shoot will take place in the same small professional studio that is used to take the Test Shots. Please take note of the following guidelines regarding clothing for the Photo Shoot:

Babies up to 12 months will be photographed in their nappies, so there is no need to worry about what clothing baby is wearing.
Children from 12 months up to three years please bring one outfit. Comfortable, easy-fit, non-restrictive outfits are best or an outfit that your child enjoys wearing. It is important that babies and young children are as comfortable as possible. Lace, frills, ties, earings and other jewelry, bow ties and braces are not suitable.
Children aged three years and upwards please wear one outfit and bring a contrasting outfit. The purpose of a change of outfit is so that Childsplay and our clients can view the model in different ways with different looks. The two outfits can either be sporty or casual and something smarter or two different looks/outfits that the model enjoys wearing. Please try to avoid any advertising with names or big logos that appear on the clothing.
Due to the use of a white backdrop in our studio, white clothing is inappropriate - white clothing will literally fade into the background as will anything too pale such as pastel shades.
Black clothing is also inappropriate - black clothing will appear flat and without texture.
Please dress your child in strong, bright colours.
You will receive a copy of all of your child’s photographs on a CD-Rom to keep and make prints from. This will usually take a minimum of 8 weeks from the date of your photo session.

We hope that you and your child will enjoy the Photo Shoot. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Childsplay office.

Contact Childsplay:
114 Avenue Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4SA

T: 020 8659 9860

E: info@childsplaymodels.co.uk

W: www.childsplaymodels.co.uk