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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: Sept. 30, 2021 and Oct. 28, 2021

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 ADMINISTRATION.
8VAC20-780 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
8VAC20-780 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
22.1 Early Childhood Care and Education

Comments:
An unannounced on-site complaint inspection was conducted on 09/30/2021 and 10/28/2021. Staff records were reviewed electronically on 10/11/2021. On 09/30/2021 there were 10 children, ages 3 months-12 years, and 4 staff members present during the inspection. A total of 2 staff records were reviewed. Components of the complaint were determined to be valid. Information gathered during the complaint inspection determined non-compliance with applicable standards or law and are documented on the violation noticed issued to the facility.

Violations:
Standard #: 22.1-289.035-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on discussion with staff, the center failed to ensure that no person shall be hired for compensated employment prior to the facility obtaining an employment eligibility letter upon the completion of a fingerprint background check as required by the Code of Virginia.

Evidence: Staff 3 stated that there was not a staff record available for Staff 1 therefore there was not an employment eligibility letter available for review for Staff 1. Staff 1 was working in the role of a staff member on 09/30/2021.

Plan of Correction: This staff member is no longer at the center. In the future will make sure all documents are in place.

Standard #: 8VAC20-770-60-B
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on discussion with staff, the center failed to ensure that a person must not be employed until the agency has the person completed sworn statement or affirmation.

Evidence: Staff 3 stated that there was not a staff record available for Staff 1 therefore there was not a sworn statement or affirmation available for review for Staff 1. Staff 1 was working in the role of a staff member on 09/30/2021.

Plan of Correction: This staff member is no longer at the center. In the future will make sure all documents are in place.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-70
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on record review and discussion with staff, the center failed to ensure that the staff record for each staff member shall contain all of the elements as required by the standards.

Evidence:
1. Staff 3 stated that there was not a staff record available for Staff 1. It was determined that Staff 1 was working in the role of a staff member on 09/30/2021.
2. The record for Staff 2 did not contain the following information: verification of age requirement and documentation to demonstrate that the individual possesses the education, certification and experience required by the job position.

Plan of Correction: These staff members are no longer at the center.

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. To find programs participating in Virginia Quality, click here.

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