Chicken sandwich lands Kingswood Day Care Nursery in religious and racial dispute

Amari, 5, with mum Yasmin Jackson and a letter from Merton Council asking her to bring a packed lunch.

Amari, 5, with mum Yasmin Jackson and a letter from Merton Council asking her to bring a packed lunch.

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A nursery is embroiled in a religious and racial row after a mother accused the manager of 'starving' her 5-year-old child due to concerns meat in her packed lunch was not halal.

Ofsted is investigating Kingswood Day Care Nursery in Mitcham after single mum and former nursery worker Yasmin Jackson, 24, reported the incident on Monday.

And police are now investigating possible race and religious offences in comments sent to the nursery after ultra right wing group Britain First publicised the incident.

Acting on instructions from Merton Council to provide a packed lunch, Ms Jackson took her daughter, Amari, for her first day at the Miles Road nursery with a chicken salad sandwich, houmous, carrots and a chocolate bar in her lunch box.

But when Ms Jackson collected Amari in the afternoon, she was horrified to find her child hadn't been allowed to eat it.

She told the Wimbledon Guardian: "When I picked her up at the end of the day the first thing she said to me was, 'mummy I'm really hungry, can I have my lunch now?'

"I went to speak to the manager and I said why wasn't my daughter allowed her lunch and she said we didn't know it was healthy.

"And she said the form was wrong, you weren't meant to send a lunch as it is provided here. We gave her a small portion of spaghetti pasta and an apple. And she said we didn't know if it's halal.

"I said we are a Christian family and it was a chicken sandwich.

"And she said we don't allow any non-halal meat in the nursery. So I thought this is just ridiculous."

Ms Jackson said Amari, who was in care for three and a half years, has a history of eating difficulties which have only recently improved.

Angered by the day's events, Miss Jackson posted a story on Facebook, where it was shared by friends and picked up by Britain First.

Formed in 2011 by former British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL) members, the party made headlines this year by invading mosques around the UK.

Nearly 1,000 people supporters have 'liked' of commented on Britain First's account of the nursery story on Facebook.

But Ms Jackson said: "I saw Britain First have written about it but I didn't like their page. I have got Muslim friends who are more pissed off at the way she has portrayed the religion. They are not meant to force it on others."

Following the incident, the nursery has suspended its website and reported racially and religiously aggravate electronic communications to the police.

Afsheen Siddik, nursery manager, said: "I deny the untrue and false allegations that have been made against myself and Kingswood Day Care Nursery.

"As a result I have informed Ofsted and the police who are currently dealing with this matter. "We work closely with parents to provide a high standard you would expect for your child.

"We treat each child as an individual and provide them with equal opportunities and meet all ethical standards."

She would not comment on the nursery's packed lunch policy.

Ms Jackson said: "I will send Amari to another play centre if the social worker can find her one. But I 'd rather not have a further incident of my five-year-old starved. I wouldn't do it to her and I don't expect anyone else to."

Kingswood Day Care Nursery provides care for children aged three months to five years and was rated as 'good' in the most recent Ofsted inspection.

A police spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that officers in Merton have received a complaint of racially and religiously aggravated communications sent to the said location which are also a matter of investigation.

"At this time officers in Merton are liaising with local partners and Ofsted."

Merton Council said it is unaware of any complaints made about the school.

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1:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

trasie says...

I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others.
I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others. trasie
  • Score: 36

2:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

alphabeti says...

If there is a policy of not allowing certain types of food then that should be made clear to parents. It is strange that the manager denies the allegations yet won't comment on the packed lunch policy. So can someone clarify is there a halal only policy or not?
If there is a policy of not allowing certain types of food then that should be made clear to parents. It is strange that the manager denies the allegations yet won't comment on the packed lunch policy. So can someone clarify is there a halal only policy or not? alphabeti
  • Score: 31

2:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Adrian25 says...

Surely the enforcement of a Halal only policy upon those who do not wish it violates their religious rights.

Why have we let education become sectarian with each group trying to enforce its own beliefs on others. Faith schools are a horrendous idea that can only serve to establish an atmosphere of self segregation and therefore do nothing to create cohesion in society.
Surely the enforcement of a Halal only policy upon those who do not wish it violates their religious rights. Why have we let education become sectarian with each group trying to enforce its own beliefs on others. Faith schools are a horrendous idea that can only serve to establish an atmosphere of self segregation and therefore do nothing to create cohesion in society. Adrian25
  • Score: 46

10:31am Thu 14 Aug 14

anothermrlizard says...

Interesting that she reported it to a lynch mob before she reported it to anyone else.
Interesting that she reported it to a lynch mob before she reported it to anyone else. anothermrlizard
  • Score: -20

12:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

edstar says...

I bet no muslim person has complained or asked for only halal food to be allowed in this nursery.
I bet no muslim person has complained or asked for only halal food to be allowed in this nursery. edstar
  • Score: 12

12:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

tamworth says...

As a member of the National Secular Society and an animal lover I find it offensive that fresh meat and meat in prepared dishes is not labelled so I may unintentionally eat halal meat. Surely it is my right to choose meat that has been killed humanely. While the British Government permits the slaughter of animals that haven't been pre-stunned and which have bled to death, there is always the risk that halal and koshered meat will get into the food chain and be fed to the majority of society who don't share the dietary laws of the minority. For a school, nursery or work place to insist on halal meat for all is unacceptable.
As a member of the National Secular Society and an animal lover I find it offensive that fresh meat and meat in prepared dishes is not labelled so I may unintentionally eat halal meat. Surely it is my right to choose meat that has been killed humanely. While the British Government permits the slaughter of animals that haven't been pre-stunned and which have bled to death, there is always the risk that halal and koshered meat will get into the food chain and be fed to the majority of society who don't share the dietary laws of the minority. For a school, nursery or work place to insist on halal meat for all is unacceptable. tamworth
  • Score: 30

1:19pm Thu 14 Aug 14

edstar says...

tamworth wrote:
As a member of the National Secular Society and an animal lover I find it offensive that fresh meat and meat in prepared dishes is not labelled so I may unintentionally eat halal meat. Surely it is my right to choose meat that has been killed humanely. While the British Government permits the slaughter of animals that haven't been pre-stunned and which have bled to death, there is always the risk that halal and koshered meat will get into the food chain and be fed to the majority of society who don't share the dietary laws of the minority. For a school, nursery or work place to insist on halal meat for all is unacceptable.
But EU research from 2006 indicated that 75% of cattle, 93% of sheep and 100% of chickens slaughtered in the UK for halal meat were stunned prior to their deaths. Figures produced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2011 give a similar picture: 84%, 81% and 88%, respectively.

source :
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-18
187137

Personally i think that non stunned and non free range meet should be banned.
[quote][p][bold]tamworth[/bold] wrote: As a member of the National Secular Society and an animal lover I find it offensive that fresh meat and meat in prepared dishes is not labelled so I may unintentionally eat halal meat. Surely it is my right to choose meat that has been killed humanely. While the British Government permits the slaughter of animals that haven't been pre-stunned and which have bled to death, there is always the risk that halal and koshered meat will get into the food chain and be fed to the majority of society who don't share the dietary laws of the minority. For a school, nursery or work place to insist on halal meat for all is unacceptable.[/p][/quote]But EU research from 2006 indicated that 75% of cattle, 93% of sheep and 100% of chickens slaughtered in the UK for halal meat were stunned prior to their deaths. Figures produced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2011 give a similar picture: 84%, 81% and 88%, respectively. source : http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-18 187137 Personally i think that non stunned and non free range meet should be banned. edstar
  • Score: 6

2:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

alroutemaster says...

It's halal meat that should be banned, not the other way round. This nursery should be closed and not allowed to reopen. And as for them getting a bit of online grief over it, serves them right they deserve it.
It's halal meat that should be banned, not the other way round. This nursery should be closed and not allowed to reopen. And as for them getting a bit of online grief over it, serves them right they deserve it. alroutemaster
  • Score: 16

3:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Gabalfa Dawg says...

trasie wrote:
I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others.
You do know that around 90% of halal meat is stunned prior to slaughter, don't you? In other words, it's slaughtered in the same way as non-halal meat.
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others.[/p][/quote]You do know that around 90% of halal meat is stunned prior to slaughter, don't you? In other words, it's slaughtered in the same way as non-halal meat. Gabalfa Dawg
  • Score: -13

7:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Avicenna says...

A "Halal" only policy EXCLUDES a number of groups:

1) SIKHS may not eat halal food.
2) Jewish people may not eat halal food.
3) Vegetarians will not eat meat, halal or otherwise.
4) Anyone objecting to the cruel method of halal slaughter will not eat it.

And then this woman has the nerve to mention "equal opportunities".
A "Halal" only policy EXCLUDES a number of groups: 1) SIKHS may not eat halal food. 2) Jewish people may not eat halal food. 3) Vegetarians will not eat meat, halal or otherwise. 4) Anyone objecting to the cruel method of halal slaughter will not eat it. And then this woman has the nerve to mention "equal opportunities". Avicenna
  • Score: 10

8:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Avicenna says...

anothermrlizard wrote:
Interesting that she reported it to a lynch mob before she reported it to anyone else.
As I understand the article, this is not what happened. She posted a comment on FACEBOOK from where is was picked up by others. Also, she TALKED to the manager before saying anything to anyone else, as the article clearly points out.
[quote][p][bold]anothermrlizard[/bold] wrote: Interesting that she reported it to a lynch mob before she reported it to anyone else.[/p][/quote]As I understand the article, this is not what happened. She posted a comment on FACEBOOK from where is was picked up by others. Also, she TALKED to the manager before saying anything to anyone else, as the article clearly points out. Avicenna
  • Score: 11

11:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

wobwoba says...

Sharia Law in Merton by 2036
Sharia Law in Merton by 2036 wobwoba
  • Score: -7

1:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

trasie says...

Gabalfa Dawg, that's as may be but the 10% or so will die slowly and scared. They say that meat killed in such a way becomes tough because the shock of having their throats cut and left to bleed to death causing a chemical reaction from the brain. Not only that you can bet that if just one cow screams the rest will here and know what's coming. so whether or not they have been stunned they will be scared.
Gabalfa Dawg, that's as may be but the 10% or so will die slowly and scared. They say that meat killed in such a way becomes tough because the shock of having their throats cut and left to bleed to death causing a chemical reaction from the brain. Not only that you can bet that if just one cow screams the rest will here and know what's coming. so whether or not they have been stunned they will be scared. trasie
  • Score: 7

12:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

univeraltruth9000 says...

trasie wrote:
I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others.
If you cared about animals that much i suggest you dont eat them and become vegetarian or vegan like myself!
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: I am an atheist, and I find it quite insulting that we are supplied with halal meat in supermatkets. I would rather the meat I consume be killed quickly and not allowed to die scared, slowly and bleeding to death. If places like this want to offer halal meat the choice should be given that other religious factions have their food how they want it prepared and NOT dictated to by others.[/p][/quote]If you cared about animals that much i suggest you dont eat them and become vegetarian or vegan like myself! univeraltruth9000
  • Score: -1

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