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La Petite Academy #898
3190 Lake Powell Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 253-1938

Current Inspector: Michele Patchett (757) 439-6816

Inspection Date: March 20, 2015 and March 26, 2015

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

The licensing inspector initiated an unannounced complaint inspection in the center on March 20, 2015 and returned to the center on March 26, 2015 in response to a complaint that was received by the licensing office. Interviews with staff members and parties involved were conducted. Based on interviews, observations and a review of center documentation a preponderance of evidence does not support the allegation regarding staffing and supervision, programs and special care provisions and emergencies. However, based on interviews, observations and a review of center documentation a preponderance of evidence does support the allegation regarding special services and physical plant and therefore the complaint is determined to be valid. During the inspection there were violations noted not related to the allegation, details are on the violation notice. Please complete the columns for "description of action to be taken" and date to be corrected for each violation cited on the violation notice, and then return a signed copy to the licensing office within 10 days of receipt. If you have any questions contact your licensing inspector at (757) 247-8033.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-70-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on a record review, the licensee did not ensure all required information for a staff rerecord was available for review. Evidence: During the inspection on March 26, 2015, the record for staff #1 (date of hire 1-5-15) and staff #6 (date of hire 12-1-14) did not include documentation that two or more references as to character and reputation as well as competency were checked before employment.

Plan of Correction: Management will ensure that all employees have reference checks done and in the employee file prior to day one of employment.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, the licensee did not ensure all areas and equipment of the center, inside and outside, were maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. Evidence: During the inspection on March 20, 2015, the licensing inspector observed and measured a piece of wood approximately 2 inches wide and approximately 2 feet long sticking out of the ground. There were metal staples and metal wires sticking out from the wood connecting it to the metal fence that divides the toddler and older children's playgrounds. This posses a safety hazard to the children.

Plan of Correction: The wooden piece has been removed from the playground. A member of management will do LPA?s standard written weekly playground inspection and the DM will review these during all center visits to ensure compliance, effective 4/7/15.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-M
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on interviews and a review of documentation, the licensee did not ensure the center maintained a written record of children's serious and minor injuries in which entries are made the day of occurrence. Evidence: During the inspection on March 26, 2015, the licensing inspector requested to review an injury report for an injury that occurred 3-19-2015 and the injury report was not available for review.

Plan of Correction: At no time will management allow parents to remove original copies of incident/accident reports from the school. DM will review incident/accident files quarterly for compliance.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-560-F
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews and observation, the licensee did not ensure when the center chooses to provide food that the most recent, age-appropriate nutritional requirements of a recognized authority such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) were followed and that second helpings of food listed in the USDA are allowed. Evidence: During the inspection on March 26, 2015 the licensee failed to provide adequate food for lunch as required by the USDA. 1) In the toddler classroom (age range 15 months to 23 months) the milk served for two children for lunch was measured by the licensing inspector and it measured 1/3 cup milk and the children are required to be served a minimum of 1/2 cup of milk. 2) In the two's classroom three children asked for second helpings of the english muffin with cheese and staff #8 said no because "there was not enough for everyone".

Plan of Correction: All staff will attend mandatory USDA training at the April staff meeting. This training will include portions, serving sizes, and food program requirements. All staff meeting training is reviewed monthly by the Regional Training Manager for LCG, to ensure compliance.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-40-D-3-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on a record review, the licensee did not ensure background checks had been obtained according to the requirements for contract employees. Evidence: During the inspection on March 20, 2015, contract employee #7 was observed working alone with 5 children. The record for contract employee #7 was reviewed on March 26, 2015 and did not include the required background checks, a sworn statement of affirmation or search of the central registry. There was not a date of employment available for contract employee #7 however, staff #1 said contract employee #7 has been "working for at least a year" in the center. The sworn statement of affirmation is required to be completed prior to the first day of employment in the center and the search of central registry results are required by the end of 30 days of employment.

Plan of Correction: Effective 4/7/15 no contracted vendors will be allowed to work directly with children without proper background checks being completed and on file. DM will review all vendor files prior to the star of any new class to ensure compliance.

A compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility.

The online compliance history includes only information after July 1, 2003. In addition, the online compliance history includes information regarding adverse actions that may be the subject of a pending appeal. An adverse action is not final until a provider has exhausted or waived all due process rights. For compliance history prior to July 1, 2003, or information regarding the status of pending adverse actions, please contact the Licensing Inspector listed in the facility's information. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is not responsible for any errors in or omissions from the compliance history information.


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