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Happy Feet Early Learning and Child Center
37 Ellsworth Street
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 403-4183

Current Inspector: Rebecca Forestier (540) 309-2835

Inspection Date: Nov. 1, 2016

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 Facilities and Programs..

The licensing inspector FOR Happy Feet Early Learning Center & Child Care conducted an unannounced complaint inspection in response to a complaint that was received by the licensing office on 10/20/2016. Interviews were conducted with children and staff, classrooms were observed, records were reviewed and the facility was inspected relating to allegations of a rodent infestation, insufficient adult-to-child ratios and unclean facilities. The information gathered during the investigation supports the allegations, so the complaint is determined to be ?VALID.? In addition there were violations found that was not related to the complaint. 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 and dated copy to the licensing office within 5 calendar days of receipt. If you have any questions, contact your licensing inspector at (540) 309-2397

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on inspection, the Licensee failed to ensure areas and equipment of the center are maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition. EVIDENCE: LI Anderson observed plaster falling from the ceiling in the school age classroom (2nd floor).

Plan of Correction: Licensee contact a roof specialist to take a look at the equipment

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observations, interviews with staff, health inspection & discussions with local exterminator, the Licensee failed to ensure the conditions of the center are not hazardous to the health & safety of the children. EVIDENCE: There exist a rodent infestation inside & outside of the day care facility. Several staff members have observed rats on the playground & in the toddler classroom during the center's hours of operation. LI Anderson observed droppings (rodent feces) in various areas of the day care. The environmental health inspector for Henry County issued violation notice from the health inspection conducted on 11/04/2016. The health inspector observed several rodents in the basement/crawl-space of the facility & rodent droppings in the back washroom. Local exterminator conducted an initial consultation on 6/22/2016. Rodent traps were set. The exterminator advised the center owner that monthly services are necessary to determine the severity & create a plan to rid facility of infestation. The required inspection plan was not completed. Owner did not contact the exterminator until 9/04/2016.

Plan of Correction: Licensee will make sure that new exterminating company will come monthly basis and will follow-up more with center. Make sure all teachers/aides continue to do a extensive cleaning weekly, daily, monthly

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on inspection, the Licensee failed to ensure hazardous substances are kept in a locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children. EVIDENCE: LI Anderson observed hazardous cleaning agent was stored unlocked in the bathroom (2nd floor).

Plan of Correction: Licensee will make sure all hazardous product are locked up

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-C
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observations & discussion with staff, the Licensee failed to keep pesticides or insecticides stored in areas not used by children. EVIDENCE: LI Anderson observed a rodent trap in the 2 year old classroom that was accessible to the children in care. The local exterminating company hired in June 2016 filled traps with poison and placed in various locations throughout the center. LI Anderson interviewed exterminator who further advised rodent traps placed at the day care center had not received the required monthly maintenance. Traps with poison were set-up at the center in June 2016 and was not inspected/removed until November 2016.

Plan of Correction: To hire a different exterminating company

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-E-1
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on inspection, attendance record review & interviews with staff, the Licensee failed to maintain adults-to-child ratios of one (1) staff member for every four (4) children. EVIDENCE: Ratios in the infant classroom were not maintained at 1 staff for every 4 infants. Multiple staff members confirmed ratios have not been met for at least 3-4 weeks due to staffing issues. Staff states that ratios in the infant classroom were frequently 1 staff for every 6 infants.

Plan of Correction: Licensee will make sure that center stay in compliance with adults-child-ratio

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-440-C
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observations, the Licensee failed to ensure double decker cribs, cots, beds or other sleeping equipment when stacked is not used. EVIDENCE: LI Anderson observed a toddler sleeping on double cots. Two cots were stacked on top of each other.

Plan of Correction: Licensee will make sure all children sleep on one cot at all times.

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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