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Building Blocks Academy & Daycare Inc.
2422 North Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222
(804) 321-9189

Current Inspector: Florence Martus (804) 662-9772

Inspection Date: Aug. 29, 2018

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL CARE PROVISIONS AND EMERGENCIES.
22VAC40-80 THE LICENSE.
22VAC40-80 THE LICENSING PROCESS.
63.2 General Provisions.
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
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Comments:
The Licensing Inspector and Licensing Administrator conducted an unannounced non-mandated focused monitoring inspection as a result of the issuance of a Provisional License. The inspection was conducted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 10:32am until 12:03pm. Areas of non-compliance that led to the Provisional License were reviewed to determine compliance and correction. During this inspection, the center's owner was present and assisted the licensing inspector throughout this inspection. The census for today's inspection consisted of 31 children in care and 7 staff. The Pre-K and School Age children were participating in a field trip while the inspector was on site. The Infant class, toddler/two class and preschool class on the first floor were observed during this inspection. The children were observed playing with toys, interacting with peers, and resting. There were two children's records and six staff's records reviewed during this inspection. Areas of non-compliance found during this focused inspection are listed on the violation notice. Please complete the "plan of correction" and "date to be corrected" for each violation cited on the violation notice and return it to me within 5 business days from today. You should specify how the deficient practice will be or has been corrected. Your plan of correction should contain: 1) steps to correct the noncompliance with the standard(s), 2) measures to prevent the noncompliance from occurring again; and 3) person(s) responsible for implementing each step and/or monitoring any preventive measure(s). If you have any questions about this inspection, please contact the Licensing Inspector, Florence Martus, at 804-662-9772.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-60-A
Description: Based on a review of two children's records on 08/29/2018, the center did not maintain a complete record for one child enrolled. EVIDENCE: 1) The record for Child #6 (DOA: 07/28/2018) did not have documentation that the center viewed proof of the child's identity and age.

Plan of Correction: Corrected during inspection. The Director contacted the parent and it was verified via email on 08/29/2018.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation at the center on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure all areas and equipment of the center were maintained in a clean, safe and operable condition.

EVIDENCE: 1) In the upstairs Preschool classroom, there was peeling paint observed in the ceiling and there were broken blinds with sharp edges accessible to the children in care. 2) In the upstairs Preschool classroom hallway, there was a shelf on the floor with four sharp, exposed and protruding screws. 3) On the second floor of the building, the staircase had a loose hand rail. 4) The preschool areas on the first floor had garbage such as food wrappers, used Styrofoam cups with bite marks, and other loose debris on the floor accessible to children. There was also a protruding screw on one cabinet door below the fish tank where the cabinet handle was missing.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: Landlord has been informed of chipped paint and will correct. Railing was repaired 8/30/18. Blinds were removed 8/30/18. Shelves were broken by the children the day before and moved out of the room into hallway. They were thrown out on 8/29/18. Teachers on the lower level have been reminded to keep the line of egress clear. Unfortunately during the visit we were short one teacher so she put more focus on watching the children than clearing the floor. She was advised to limit access to items when working without an assistant. The screw was removed from the fish tank door 8/29/18.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based on observation at the center on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure to keep hazardous substances such as cleaning materials in a locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children. EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Inspector observed a bottle of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and a bottle of air freshener on a table in the upstairs Preschool classroom. 2) The Licensing Inspector observed a bottle of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on a table in the School Age classroom.

Plan of Correction: Corrected during inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-290-3
Description: Based on observation at the center on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure all electrical outlets have protective covers. EVIDENCE: 1) In the upstairs Preschool classroom, there were two electrical outlets observed by the Licensing Inspector without a protective cover. 2) In the dining area on the first floor used by the Toddler and Preschool classes, there were two electrical outlets observed by the Licensing Inspector without a protective cover.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: This was corrected on 8/29/18. Most outlets will be completely blocked to prevent missing covers by 9/13/18. The owner made the director aware of this issue and is required to utilize the management checklist previously issued to all employees which ensures this along with other required tasks are reviewed for compliance daily.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-320-B
Description: Based on observation at the center and interview on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure the restroom used by the children in care was equipped with toilet paper, disposable towels or an air dryer within reach of children. EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Administrator observed the downstairs restroom did not have toilet paper or paper towels available for the children in care. 2) During interview, a staff member stated there was no toiler paper or paper towels stored in the downstairs restroom.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: Unfortunately the day before the visit one of the toilets was blocked due to child attempting to flush container which was fixed by landlord on 8/30/18. Teacher was been reminded to keep toilet paper and paper towels visible.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-320-E
Description: Based on observation at the center and interview on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure to provide at least one toilet per 20 preschool children and at least one standard size toilet per 30 school age children. EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Inspector observed the upstairs toilet used by the preschool and school age children was broken and not in use on the day of the inspection on 08/29/2018. 2) The Licensing Administrator observed one out of two toilets downstairs was broken and not in use on the day of the inspection on 08/29/2018. 3) During interview, a staff member stated there is only one working toilet available in the center for the children in care. The combined census of preschool and school age children on the day of the inspection consisted of 24 children. When sharing restroom areas with other programs, the children in those programs shall be included in the toilet and sink ratio calculations. The toilet and sink ratio appropriate to the younger age group shall apply.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: Toilet was repaired by Landlord on the evening of 8/30/18 and lodged item was removed. The children did have access to 2 other toilets on the lower level during the 2 days before repair.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-D
Description: Based on observation, record review and interview on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure each grouping of children had a qualified program leader. EVIDENCE: 1) During the inspection, Staff #3 stated that Staff #6 was responsible for the supervision of the Toddler One classroom on 08/29/2018. 2) The record for Staff #6 indicated Staff did not meet program leader qualifications.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: Due to a staff member's unplanned absence our ratio was negatively impacted. This was corrected when she retuned the following business day. The Director, who was also out during this visit, is the qualified staff member who fills in during shortages.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-370-1
Description: Based on observation and interview on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure that when an infant is placed in his crib, he shall be placed on his back (supine). EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Inspector observed an 8 month old infant lying on their stomach. 2) During interview, the Infant Room Staff stated that when an infant is placed in their crib, they are sometimes placed on their stomach.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: The infant teacher is aware that this was an error and is fully aware that placing infants on the back is a requirement. Effective today she will adhere to this requirement.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-520-C
Description: Based on observation on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure a diaper cream was labeled with the child's name. EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Administrator observed a diaper cream in the downstairs bathroom that was not labeled with the child's name of whom it belonged to.

Plan of Correction: Corrected during inspection.

Standard #: 22VAC40-80-120-A-4
Description: Based on observation at the center and record review on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure that the operational responsibilities of the licensee were maintained within the terms of the license. EVIDENCE: 1) The record review for six children present on 08/29/2018 verified that Child #1 was 26 months old, Child #2 was 20 months old, Child #3 was 23 months old, Child #4 was 24 months old, Child #5 was 24 months old, and Child #6 was 16 months old, and are all under 2 1/2 years of age. 2) The Licensing Inspector also observed 2 children (8 months old and 13 months old) in care in the Infant classroom on 08/29/2018. The terms of the license stipulate that no more than five (5) children less than 2 1/2 years of age (i.e 30 months) may be present at any given time.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: This was overlooked in error during enrollments. This operational responsibility was shared with the director on 8/29/18. The owner will be working with the parents on suspending enrollment for children under 2 1/2 over the 5 allowed until the reach 2 1/2.

Standard #: 22VAC40-80-120-E-1
Description: Based on observation at the center on 08/29/2018, the center did not ensure to post the most recently issued license. Any provisional license shall be posted at each public entrance of the facility. EVIDENCE: 1) The Licensing Inspector observed the license that was posted expired on 07/14/2018. 2) The Provisional license which was issued on 07/15/2018 was not posted in the center.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: This was corrected on 8/29.

Disclaimer:

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