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Minnieland Academy At Dominion Valley #35
5255 Merchants View Square
Haymarket, VA 20169-5440
(703) 753-7480

Current Inspector: Morgan P Bryson (540) 270-0057

Inspection Date: March 25, 2016 and April 11, 2016

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.

Technical Assistance:
Staff need to intervene when children are using play equipment in a manner that is contrary to its design or has the potential to cause harm. Staff should always be attentive about the potential for children to use play equipment in an ill advise manner and redirect them to the appropriate use- i.e. going foot first, not head first down slides and not using jump ropes in an manner that could cause a hanging or tripping hazards. First aid, such as ice should be used when an injury is recent, red or inflamed.

Comments:
A complaint was received involving care, protection and guidance. Interviews and observation was conducted with the local authorities on 3/25/16 and the complaint was determined to be valid. There was one violation resulting from this investigation. Please submit you plan of correction to the Division of Licensing by 4/15/16. Arrival time: 10 a.m. Departure time: 11:55 a.m.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews, a review of documentation and observation, it was determined that staff failed to ensure a child's care, protection, and guidance. Evidence: On 3/22/16 at approximately 3 p.m., six 3-year-old children were on the playground with two staff. Child A was standing on the platform of a jungle gym with a slide over five feet off the ground while a second child was pretending to "fish" by dangling a jump rope over the side of the railing on the platform. Child A ran toward the slide and dove head first down the slide, the rope went down the slide with Child A and scraped against Child A?s neck. Staff noted a reddish pink mark on the side of Child A?s neck and Child A cried in discomfort and repeatedly complained of having a "big stomach ache". Ice was not applied to Child A?s neck at the time of the incident. Staff acknowledged that the rope should not have been allowed on the jungle gym but failed to intervene. The following day, there was a bright red mark, measuring over 2 inches in length on the child's neck.

Plan of Correction: Teacher A was on the top of the play structure, and teacher B was on the ground below allowing for sight and sound supervision of all children. A child was using a jump rope to role play? fishing? off of the left side of the structure with a teacher present and observing. Child A ran up the stairs of the play structure and unexpectedly grabbed the end of the jump rope as he went down the head first on his stomach. The rope travelled alongside his body, rubbing against his neck. Teacher A immediately ran down the stairs of the play structure to assess Child A for injuries. Teacher A comforted the child. There was no mark present at the time. Ice was offered, child refused. Child did not immediately cry at time of injury. Later in the day, Child A complained of a stomach ache, while pointing to his neck. Approximately two hours later the teachers observed a thin pink line forming across Child A?s neck. Teacher A contacted the Mother to report the incident and mark. Following the accident, Management reviewed policies and procedures with staff. Teachers review playground safety with their classes prior to going outside. Staff were reminded that imaginative play with ropes should take place in a safe location, off of the play structure.

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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