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Creative Childcare
10817 Tidewater Trail
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 371-8770

Current Inspector: Laura Brindle (540) 905-2062

Inspection Date: Oct. 20, 2020 , Oct. 21, 2020 , Oct. 22, 2020 , Nov. 2, 2020 and Dec. 2, 2020

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect
63.2(17) License & Registration Procedures

Technical Assistance:
Consultation was provided regarding the following:

-Daycare providers are mandated reporters and are required to report any allegation of child abuse (Code of Virginia- 63.2-1509)
-The following action or threats thereof are forbidden: Withholding of food (410.5)
-Parents shall be notified by the end of the day of any known minor injuries; the center shall maintain a written record of children's serious and minor injuries in which entries are made the day of occurrence (550.L-M)
-A written assessment is needed for a center to assign a child to a different age group if it is more appropriate for the child's developmental level; A center may temporarily reassign a child from his regular group and staff members for reasons of administrative necessity but not casually or repeatedly disrupt a child's schedule and attachment to his staff members and group (350.F)
-Behavioral guidance shall be constructive in nature (400.B)
-Staff shall promptly inform parents when persistent behavioral problems are identified; such notification shall include any disciplinary steps (420.B)

Comments:
This investigation was conducted by licensing staff using an alternate remote protocol, necessary due to a state of emergency health pandemic declared by the Governor of Virginia.

A complaint investigation was initiated on 10/20/20 and concluded on 12/2/20 in conjunction with a local agency. Allegations of a forbidden action, rough handling of a child; inappropriate behavioral guidance; and withholding food were received by the Licensing office on 9/28/20. The Licensing Inspector interviewed staff and reviewed staff and child files, as well as other pertinent documentation. Evidence gathered during the inspection supports the allegation of a staff member using a forbidden action, rough handling, with a child in care and a violation was cited. The allegations of inappropriate child guidance and withholding food were not supported by the evidence gathered during the inspection.

Please complete the "Plan of Correction" and "Date to be Corrected" areas on the Violation Notice for the violation cited and return to me by 5:00pm on 12/11/20. Plans of correction should include steps to correct the noncompliance, and measures to prevent the noncompliance from occurring again.

If you have questions regarding this inspection you may contact the Licensing Inspector, Laura Brindle, at laura.brindle@dss.virginia.gov or 540-905-2062.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews and review of documentation, it was determined that a staff member used the forbidden action of rough handling with a child in care. Evidence: On or around August 4, 2020, at approximately 10:00am, Child A, 3-years-old, ran out of the classroom, crying, and yelling, "Help me please! She's mean! [Staff 1] is really mean!" Child A then told another staff member that Staff 1 was "mean and she pulled my shirt" and gestured to their neck where the staff member reported seeing a red mark. The mark on Child A's neck was still visible when the child was picked up from the center that evening.

Plan of Correction: This sounds horrible but actually the child has doctor and parent documented behavioral issues. We where aware of this and have worked diligently with this child for a year. It took the parent 2 months to report the issue due to discussions that his behavior was escalating and the Potential diss-enrollment. The child was upset when Staff B left the room and the child wanted to follow staff B, he was asked to stay in his room and therefore he ran out of the room and screamed to get her sympathy so he could stay with her ? this was not the first time he behaved like this when he could not get his way. He was getting more aggressive toward classmates who complained that he was punching them, pulling their hair etc. if they did not want to share what he wanted, so children where retaliating as well as pulling him by his shirt.

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.

Virginia Quality is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education facilities serving children ages birth through pre-K. Eligible child care facilities must be fully licensed, licensed exempt and a VDSS subsidy vendor, or a voluntary registered day home and a VDSS subsidy vendor. Only programs enrolled in Virginia Quality will display a rating. Virginia Quality contact information for your region is available at the following link Regional Contacts.

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