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The Nest Academy
2609 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 549-1549

Current Inspector: Leslie Perez (703) 537-6013

Inspection Date: July 14, 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 Services.
8VAC20-770 Background Checks (8VAC20-770)

Technical Assistance:
Consultation was given on rest time ratios and following the schedule of the day to ensure that rest time does not exceed 2 hours and meals are no longer than 3 hours apart. Once 50% of the children are asleep, the ratios can double in the older classrooms. The reverse is true in that once 50% are awake and moving around, the ratios revert back to the original numbers. In addition, if a child does not fall asleep within 30 minutes, they should be offered a quiet activity .

An allegation was received by the Fairfax Licensing Office concerning supervision. Interviews with staff, observation of the playground and records were reviewed. In addition to the original allegation, additional violations that were not related to supervision, were observed. Information gathered during the inspection determined non-compliance with applicable standards or law and violations were documented on the violation notice issued to the program. Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.
Ann Dramstad, Children?s Inspector
Office of Child Care Health and Safety
Division of School Readiness

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-350-L
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on observation, the 1:10 ratio for children ages 3-5 was not maintained on 7/14/2023.
In the combined caterpillar and butterflies classroom, 19 children were laying on their mats with 1 staff member for approximately 2-3 minutes but the ratios could not double yet as 14 children were still awake. The children were not resting or in an inactive state.

Plan of Correction: We have spoken to the Teacher mentioned and wrote her up for leaving the classroom unattended as she needed to go and use the bathroom.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-380-A
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation and multiple staff statements, the center has failed to follow the general posted schedule.
1. The Cuddle Bug schedule list lunch from 11:15-11:30 and rest time from 12:00-2:30. On 7/14/2023 the class was already laying down and the room was completely cleaned up at 11:40 am. Staff #1 stated that all the children were on their rest mats and had finished lunch.
2. The Caterpillars and Butterflies were combined on 7/14/2023. The schedule list lunch from 11:20-11:50 and rest time from 12:00 to 2:30. On the day of the inspection all children were already laying down on their mats at 11:40.

Plan of Correction: As mentioned above we have had a Management and Staff training regarding the lunch time and nap time schedule and adherence of the facility.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-380-A-2
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on observation and staff statements, the designated rest time exceed the maximum of 2 hours in the 4 older classrooms.
1. All 4 classrooms have daily schedules that list rest time from 12:00-2:30 (2 1/2 hours).
2. On 7/14/2023 and 7/17/2023 the children were already laying down at approximately 11:45 and staff stated that rest time would be until 2:30.

Plan of Correction: We had a Management and Staff meeting and is now making sure that we follow the Nap Time Routine as scheduled and as mandated by Licensing Department.

Standard #: 8VAC20-780-560-L
Complaint related: No
Description: Based on staff statements, the staff are not sitting with children during meal times.
1. The Licensing Inspector asked the staff administration if staff were sitting with the children during lunch time. The staff stated that children are not allowed to talk or socialize. At least one teacher is putting out rest mats rather than sitting with the children during meal time

Plan of Correction: We had a Management and Staff meeting and rectified the rules of the meals that allows the children to talk and socialize safely.


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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