Claire, the 3-year-old daughter of Maxime Meiland, will be less visible in the SBS reality series Chateau Meiland. The SZW Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment intervened after an investigation because of the ban on child labour in the Netherlands. The Meiland family is disappointed, says Claires grandmother, Erica Meiland, to DeccEit.
In the Netherlands, work by children under 13 years of age is prohibited, “in order for children to be just a good child”. An exception may be requested for cultural or artistic work, such as a television programme. In this case, a child may appear on television up to six times. So that also applies to Claire.
And thats not easy during the recording, says Erica. “Its hard to work for the crew, because Claire must always be kept out of the picture, which she doesnt like,” she says. “And for the viewers, its also very unfortunate.”
The producer looks at whether a solution can be found for the intervention of the Ministry.
For the first time in the Netherlands
The new season of the popular reality series Chateau Meiland can be seen from March 1. For the first time, the series will be recorded in the Netherlands, in Hengelo, in Gelderland. Previous seasons took place in France.
It is not the first time in the Netherlands that this exemption has been applied for for television programmes, says the Inspectorate. If Claire is seen more than 6 times in the series, the Meiland family and the employer risk a fine. A fine is calculated per person and per day and the fine amount is at least 1000 euros and a maximum of 2000 euros.