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Apple Tree Kids-#1002
601 West Washington Street
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 539-9000

Current Inspector: Melinda Popkin (757) 802-5281

Inspection Date: June 9, 2023

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
8VAC20-780 Administration.
8VAC20-780 Staff Qualifications and Training.
8VAC20-780 Staffing and Supervision.
8VAC20-780 Programs.
8VAC20-780 Special Care Provisions and Emergencies
8VAC20-770 Background Checks
63.2 Child Abuse & Neglect

Technical Assistance:
Today we discussed strategies being used and additioanl preventive measures for dealing with biting in toddler aged children. Biting is a very common developmental behavior in children who do not yet communicate well with words and enjoy making big responses happen. Try not to give too much attention to the child who bites directly following the event.. If adults can lessen the flurry of activity following a biting episode, and calmly redirect the child who bit while steadily focusing calm attention and care on the child who was bitten, then it is less reinforcing for the child who is doing the biting.

Continue to maintain close proximity of adults to toddlers interacting with each other, encourage adequate personal space between toddlers playing and continue to have and offer duplicate toys as toddlers are not yet developmentally ready to play interactively with each other or share toys very easily.

A complaint inspection was initiated and concluded on 6/9/2023 in response to two separate complaints received by the department regarding supervision and staffing in the toddler classroom. There was a total of 40 children present with 9 staff supervising in the center on the day of the inspection. There were 12 children, 16 months to 2 years old with three staff in the toddler classroom. Observations were conducted in the toddler classroom with a focus on supervision and staff /child interactions. Three staff were interviewed. The toddlers were observed engaged in a variety of activities, to include small group table top activities and play centers, eating lunch and settling on cots for rest time. Staff were observed interacting with children, redirecting behavior, modeling appropriate interactions, serving food, changing diapers and cleaning an sanitizing tables. The inspector reviewed the program's compliance in the areas of administration, physical plant, staffing and supervision, programming, medication, special care and emergencies and nutrition. A total of 5 child records and 5 staff records were reviewed. The inspection began at 11:00 am and concluded at 2:30 pm.

The information gathered during the complaint inspection determined no violations with applicable standards or law. Based on the information gathered, there was not sufficient evidence to support the allegations, so complaints were found to be not valid. There are no violations resulting from this complaint investigation.


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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