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Finding Dreams in Children
3501 Fairfax Drive
Plaza Level
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 516-1223

Current Inspector: Mahrukh Aziz (571) 835-4718

Inspection Date: May 2, 2016

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.

Technical Assistance:
1. Reviewed with the staff involved, the importance of reporting such incidents to management. 2. Discussed the importance of following established policies and procedures with the staff involved.

Comments:
Conducted an investigation into a self-reported incident of a lack of supervision. Interviews conducted and records reviewed. There was a preponderance of evidence to support the initial report and therefore this investigation has been deemed to be valid/founded. Questions about this report may be directed to: pamela.sneed@dss.virginia.gov

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on interviews conducted and records reviewed, it was determined that on 4/26/16 staff did not ensure the care and protection of an 18 month-old child. Due to a lack of supervision and a failure to follow established policies and procedures for tracking children, the child was able to leave his assigned group for an undetermined amount of time, and enter an empty classroom where he was found alone by another parent. Evidence: 1. At approximately 5:36pm, a parent of another child, Parent #1, found Child #1 unsupervised and alone in a classroom. The parent promptly notified Staff #3, from another classroom, that she had found the child alone. Staff #3 took the child and returned him to his classroom which was supervised by Staff #1 and Staff #2. 2. Staff #1 and #2 were not aware that Child #1 had left their group, until he was returned to them by Staff #3. 3. Staff #1 and #2 stated that they entered the building from the playground with a total of 6 children however, neither were aware that Child #1 was not with them. Staff described the hallway as busy with arrivals/departures and one staff stopped to talk with parents in the hallway for a period of minutes, and allowed children to play on riding toys in the hall before going to the classroom. Staff #1 and #2 each arrived to the classroom separately. 4. Staff #1 and #2 did not complete the "Transition Tracking Sheet," which is a name-to-face written accounting of children to be completed before and after children move from one location to another, as required by center policies and procedures. Additionally, the "Transition Tracking Sheet" had multiple errors in the tracking of Child #1, to include: (1) Although the child was signed out of the Toddler I group at 4:18pm, he was not signed in to the Toddler II group until 5:07pm. (2) The "Transition Tracking Sheet" was not completed prior to the toddler age group leaving the playground, or upon their arrival to the classroom, which was estimated to be between 5:32-5:35pm. (3) The "Transition Tracking Sheet" completed by Staff #1 indicated that Child #1 had departed for the day at 5:17pm, despite the center's electronic attendance records indicating his parent signed him out at 5:42pm. (4) The inaccurate documentation at 5:17pm of the child's departure was the last documented accounting of the child until he was found alone at approximately 5:36pm. 5. None of the staff involved, Staff #1, Staff #2, and Staff #3, reported the incident to management.

Plan of Correction: Staff assigned training on Bright Horizons transition tracking and mandated reporting. 5/16/16 Staff given copies of Bright Horizons, Virginia, Arlington, and NAEYC supervision policies and regulations. 5/16/16 Center administrators will collect and review classroom tracking sheets to ensure that they are being completed correctly. This will be done daily. 5/16/16 When leaving the classroom, teachers will ensure that doors are closed in order to reduce the chances of a child entering during a transition time. 5/23/16

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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