Many of you will be parents and thus possibly concerned about issues to do with childcare, including everything from government subsidies, staffing ratios, to whether your child is getting a nutritious meal. All of these are valid concerns.
On the other hand, many childcare centres are failing in this option by insisting that all foods be halal or that all non-vegetarian meals conform to Islamic dietary standards. If a childcare centre that was attached to a mosque or islamic school provided only halal food, that would be fair enough. But to force halal produce on unwitting children, many of whom are not of the Islamic faith, is both wrong and immoral. (reference)
The Canberra Avenue Childcare Centre in Dandenong, Melbourne, is just one of many childcare centres throughout Australia that do not give the parents the option of whether their child has Halal food or not. The City of Yarra and the City of Hume don’t provide this option either in many of their long day care centres. If you access a childcare centre, you should be given a choice of what your child should or should not be eating. If your child is allergic to peanut butter, you wouldn’t give them peanut butter sandwiches or satay chicken so why should non-Muslim children have to eat sharia compliant food in both state and privately run government funded childcare centres?