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La Petite Academy #7140
1921 South Independence Boulevard
Virginia beach, VA 23456
(757) 471-6104

Current Inspector: Rene Old (757) 404-1784

Inspection Date: July 31, 2018 and Sept. 28, 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.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Comments:
An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted on 07/31/2018 and 09/28/2018 in response to self-reported incidents regarding children's injuries that occurred on 09/12/2018, 08/01/2018 and 07/05/2018. Based on staff interviews, review of written policies & injury reports and review of the playground and classroom areas no violation was found for the incidents that occurred on 07/05/2018 and 08/01/2018. Violations were found for the incident that occurred on 09/12/2018. These violations are listed on the violation notice and was reviewed with administrative staff at the exit interview conducted on 10/25/2018.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-40-E
Description: Based on interview and policy review, the center failed to ensure that the operational responsibilities of the licensee shall include, but not be limited to, ensuring that the center's activities and services are maintained in compliance with the center's own policies and procedures that are required by these standards. Evidence: 1. The written playground supervision plan for the facility states, "Staff must not sit on the playground ....but should be interacting with the children, keeping visual contact with all children in their care." a. Staff 1 stated to the inspector that she was working on her lesson plan during outdoor play on the afternoon of 09/12/2018 while sitting on the small playground slide. b. Staff 1 acknowledged that working on lesson plans was not part of the playground supervision protocol for the facility. c. While staff 1 was working on her lesson plans, child 1 jumped from the large playground slide resulting in a significant injury to his arm that required medical attention. 2. Staff 2, who is part of the management team for the center, confirmed that staff 1 had been sitting on the playground working on her lesson plans when child 1 jumped off of the large playground slide. a. Staff 2 also stated that the playground supervision protocol for the facility required staff to stand near the slide, when in use by children, to ensure proper and safe use.

Plan of Correction: Staff training was conducted on 10/3/18 to review Direct Supervision Policy, Playground Safety Policy, Playground Safety Rules, playground interactions and a Playground Map was discussed. A separate training was conducted on 9/18/18 with staff 1. Management will randomly conduct playground safety checks.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Description: Based on record review, interview and policy review the center failed to ensure that when staff are supervising children, they shall always ensure their care, protection, and guidance. Evidence: The center failed to provide for the care, protection and guidance of a child as demonstrated by the following incident which occurred on 09/12/2018: 1. At approximately 5:03pm staff 1 was responsible for the supervision of 15 school age children on the playground when child 1 jumped from the top of the large playground slide. This jump resulted in child 1 breaking his arm in two places, requiring emergency medical care. a. Staff 1 stated that she was sitting on the small playground slide working on her lesson plans while the children were playing which included jumping from the large playground slide. 2. During this time staff 1 stated that she was looking down at her lesson plan when child 1 came up to her crying. a. "I was looking down and he came up to me crying." "He said, I think I broke my arm." b. Staff 1 stated that "his forearm bone was in half and by looking at it you could tell it was broken." c. Staff 1 acknowledged that she was not fully engaged with supervision of the children during this time because she was sitting down working on her lesson plan.

Plan of Correction: Staff 1 had a separate training conducted on 9/18/2018 on implementing proper playground safety and interactions. Management will randomly conduct daily playground safety checks.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-B
Description: Based on interview, the center failed to ensure that behavior guidance shall be constructive in nature and shall be intended to redirect children to appropriate behavior. Evidence: Staff failed to redirect children to appropriate behavior as demonstrated by the following incident that occurred on 09/12/2018: 1. Child 1, age 7 years, jumped from the high point of the large playground slide which measures seven feet. a. This resulted in child 1 breaking his arm in two places. 2. Staff 1 confirmed that she was aware that the children had made several jumps from the slide however, she did not make any attempt to redirect the children to a more appropriate activity beyond verbal instructions for them to stop. a. Staff 1 stated that during this time she was working on her lesson plans for the upcoming week and was sitting on the small slide.

Plan of Correction: Only staff that have been trained on proper school age supervision and interactions will be assigned to this classroom effective 9/28/18. Staff will be trained on Positive Guidance and redirection techniques by 11/2/2018.

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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