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Falls Church Merrifield Preschool
8111 Gatehouse Road, Suite 120
Falls church, VA 22042
(571) 405-6267

Current Inspector: Sharlene Sawyer (571) 835-5505

Inspection Date: July 21, 2016

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 Facilities and Programs..

An unannounced complaint investigation has been completed. Interviews have been conducted and records reviewed in response to an allegation that a staff member did not use appropriate behavior guidance when dealing with a crying toddler. The preponderance of the evidence supported the allegation and the complaint has been deemed valid. Please call with questions 703-479-4679

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-B
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff, staff #1 did not use constructive behavior guidance with a toddler on July 13, 2016. Evidence: 1. Interviews with staff were conducted with two staff. It was revealed that on July 13, at approximately 940 AM, a toddler had been crying and staff #1 acknowledged that she raised voice too loud to tell toddler to stop crying. She admitted that she was too loud and her tone was rough. Staff stated she is being trained and another staff has been included in class to help retrain her on techniques as she stepped down to an assistant position.

Plan of Correction: We conducted a thorough investigation about interaction and voice allegation and staff was placed on administrative leave. Upon conclusion of investigation which included talking with parents, staff was permitted to return but offered an assistant position. She will work under someone who can be an excellent role model when dealing with stressful situations and we will evaluate everyday performance. She has been a staff for over 3 years and has attended various trainings and we will continue to work with her. We also made it clear staff will be asked to leave if necessary.


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