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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: April 29, 2015

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.

Comments:
The licensing inspector initiated and completed an unannounced complaint inspection in the center on April 29, 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. However, based on observations and measurements taken a preponderance of evidence does support the allegation regarding physical plants and therefore the complaint is determined to be valid. The results of the inspection and violations cited were reviewed and verified by the center director during the exit interview. Areas of noncompliance are noted on the violation notice. During the inspection there were violations noted not related to the allegation, details are on the violation notice.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, the licensee did not ensure areas and equipment of the center, inside and outside, are maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. Evidence: During the inspection on April 29, 2015, the following was observed on the toddler and schoolage playgrounds and are determined to pose a safety hazard to children; 1) On the toddler playground there are multiple nails protruding from the wooden fence as listed below; (complaint related) a) 1 nail near the back left corner protruding from the top rail and 1 nail protruding from the middle rail b) 3 nails near the back right corner protruding from the top rail and 4 nails protruding from the bottom rail 2) On the schoolage playground between the metal fence and the section across from the yellow and red composite playground piece there are multiple nails protruding from the wooden fence as listed below: (complaint related) a) 1 nail protruding from the top rail, 1nail protruding from the middle rail and 4 protruding from the bottom rail 3) On the toddler playground there is a 6 foot 6 inch tree root protruding approximately 2 inches high from the ground near the back left corner of the playground. This poses a tripping hazard to the children.

Plan of Correction: We are working in conjunction with our facilities group to have these problems resolved on or before May 15, 2015. Staff are supervising the children to ensure that they are not near the fence until all repairs here have been taken care of. Mulch has been ordered and was delivered on 5/9/15 to eliminate the tree root trip hazard. Staff and management are responsible for daily playground checks to ensure that children are not allowed to play outside until the playground is deemed safe. These checklists are being sent the the DM daily for compliance purposes.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-330-B
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, the licensee did not ensure the required minimum amount of resilient surfacing was in the fall zones of the playground composite pieces. Evidence: During the inspection on April 29, 2015, the depth of the resilient surfacing in the fall zone and at the base of the curved slide slide on the large multicolored plastic composite piece is insufficient. The depth measured between 4 and 4 1/2 inches based on the height of the slide the resilient surfacing should be a minimum of 6 inches. 2) The depth of the resilient surfacing in the fall zones and at the base of yellow and red slides on the large metal composite piece is insufficient. The resilient surfacing measures between 5 and 5 1/2 inches for both the yellow and red slide. Based on the height of the yellow slide the resilient surfacing should be a minimum of 9 inches and based on the height of the red slide the resilient surfacing should be a minimum of 6 inches.

Plan of Correction: Mulch was delivered on 5/10/15. There is a schedule/check list verification form for staff to use to ensure that fall zones are raked daily to meet standards. Management is responsible for verifying fall zones meet compliance daily.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-G
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation and staff interviews, the licensee did not ensure children 10 years of age and older are within actual sight and sound supervision. Evidence: During the inspection on April 29, 2015, child #1 was observed at approximately 3:26 PM entering the center using a key pad. Staff #2 said child #1 gets of the bus and then walks to the center and let's himself in. Staff #1 confirmed the bus stops on Lake Powell road near the parking lot entrance to the center and let's child #1 off of the bus. Child #1 does not cross traffic to walk to the center. The distance between the bus stop and the front entrance door of the center measures approximately 71 feet. Child #1 was not within sight and sound supervision from the time they were dropped off the bus until the time they entered the center.

Plan of Correction: Management has been retrained on proper supervision for children getting off the bus at the street. Management will ensure that a staff member is present to walk this child in from the bus and sign him in daily. DM will observe for compliance when visiting and request copies of the public school bus roster weekly to ensure compliance.

Disclaimer:
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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