Cheryl Fernandez-Versini insists she will not sign any child stars to her record label because there is ''too much pressure'' on them to succeed.

The 31-year-old singer is planning to only tie up deals for singers who are ''over 18'' so she can nurture their talent and make sure they are ready for the dog-eat-dog nature of the music industry as she fears acts any younger than that may crumble under the demands of showbusiness.

Cheryl said: ''It's too much pressure. They would have to be over 18. But I would develop them while they're in school.

''Look around at the child stars - the record's not exactly promising.''

The 'Only Human' hitmaker - who shot to fame on 'Popstars: The Rivals' when she was 19 - cannot wait to get started on her record label because she loves nurturing talent in her role as a judge on 'The X Factor'.

Cheryl told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''I would nurture the artist before they put anything out there. I would ensure my girls do a preparation course.

''I love the aspect of 'X Factor' where I'm nurturing talent. Watching the sparkle in someone else's eye and remembering you having that dream, it's such a buzz.''

But the pop star admitted it may be some time before she is ready to launch her label, admitting it would be ''ambitious'' to think it could be up and running by 2015.

She said: ''These things take a long time. I have to get the right team.''