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Creative Critters Learning Center
3340 King William Avenue
West point, VA 23181
(804) 843-2366

Current Inspector: Heather Dapper (804) 662-7014

Inspection Date: March 15, 2017

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL CARE PROVISIONS AND EMERGENCIES.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL SERVICES.
22VAC40-80 THE LICENSE.
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Comments:
An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today, March 16, 2017 to determine the centers compliance with licensing standards. The inspector initiated the inspection at approximately 10:00 am pm and concluded the inspection at 1:00 pm. The owner/director was present during the inspection. Upon the inspectors arrival, the pre-k class was observed working in centers. Children made handprint shamrocks for art, sorted/ matched plastic gold coins to number flash cards, played with play-dough and made patterns with blocks. preschoolers played with puzzles and completed an art project of gluing green paper onto a shamrock cutout. Infants played with musical toys. Today was a early release day for the public school. School age children arrived while the inspector was on site. School age children played with play-dough, dolls and colored. Their afternoon project was painting a rainbow using skittles candy. Later lunch and nap were observed in all classrooms. The classrooms are decorated with artwork and seasonal decorations. There is a variety of age and stage appropriate materials. Positive interactions were observed between staff and children. The inspector interacted with staff and children in care. The center's first aide kit and emergency supplies were checked and found complete. All areas of the facility were inspected. The facility had posted the License, the last inspection, daily schedule, evacuation maps and procedures, emergency numbers, menu and various parent information. Five employee files and five children's records were reviewed during today's inspection (see violation notice). Multiple staff have current CPR, First Aid, and Daily Health Observation training. Medication and medication authorizations were reviewed. There is one staff with current MAT training at the facility. Health inspection: 02/23/2017 Fire inspection: 01/26/2017 The last documented emergency evacuation drill was held on 02/24/2017. One of the two required shelter in place drills for 2017 was documented on 02/27/2017. A second shelter-in-place drill will need to be completed by the end of the year. Today the following ratios were observed: Caterpillar 1: 5 children with 1 staff (see violation notice). Caterpillar 2: 8 children with 1 staff (see violation notice). Cuddle Bugs (Infants) 4 children with 1 staff. Butterflies (preschool) 12 children with 2 staff. School age: 10 children with 1 staff. Liability Insurance expires 03/16/2018 Injury reports reviewed. The facility does not provide transportation. Today's lunch consisted of fish sticks, peas, mixed fruit and milk. There were four repeat violation found during today's inspection from within the licensure period. If you have any questions regarding this inspection, please contact the licensing inspector at (804)662-9758.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-140-A
Description: Based on review of children's records, the facility did not obtain documentation of a physical exam before the child's attendance or within one month after attendance. Evidence: Child #3, enrolled on 11/18/2016, had documentation of a physical dated 02/23/2017, exceeding 30 days after enrollment.

Plan of Correction: Per the owner: I will obtain physicals within 30 days after enrollment for children.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-60-A
Description: Based on review of children's records, the facility did not obtain all required information for each child's record. Evidence: 1. The record of child #1, enrolled 03/06/2017, did not have the address for one of the two emergency contacts listed. The name, address and phone number is required. 2. The record of child #3, enrolled 11/18/2016, did not have two emergency contacts listed with the name, address and phone number as required.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: I will have parents fill forms out with missing information immediately.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-70-A
Description: Based on review of staff records, the facility did not obtain all two or more references as to character and reputation before employment. Evidence: Staff #5, with a hire date of 08/10/2016 had documentation of two references that were dated 10/01/2016, exceeding the requirement to check before employment.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: References will be completed and documented upon interview.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-350-C
Description: Based on observation and interview, the facility did not ensure when children are regularly in ongoing mixed age groups, the staff-to-children ratio applicable to the youngest child in the group applied to the entire group. Evidence: 1. Eight children, ages 23 months through three years, were observed in a classroom with one staff. 2. Children 16 months to two years require one staff for every five children. 3. Staff #4 exceeded the ratio by three children.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: A teachers and director assessment will be completed and a parent note will be obtained for the child turning 2 in a week to allow the child to stay in the classroom.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-C-1
Description: Based on review of staff records, the facility did not obtain an original criminal history record report within 30 days of employment. Evidence: 1. Staff #2, with a hire date of 11/14/2016, had a completed criminal history report dated 01/18/2017 exceeding the 30 days from hire allowance. 2. Staff #4, with a hire date of 01/30/2017, did not have a completed criminal history report and was observed working in a classroom alone during today's inspection. 3. Staff #5, with a hire date of 08/10/2016, had a completed criminal history report dated 11/10/2016 exceeding the 30 days from hire allowance.

Plan of Correction: Per the Owner: I will submit missing information for staff and follow up on forms already submitted.

Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-C-2
Description: Based on review of staff records, the facility did not obtain a central registry report within 30 days of employment. Evidence: 1. Staff #2, with a hire date of 11/14/2016, had a completed central registry report dated 01/18/2017 exceeding the 30 days from hire allowance. 2. Staff #4, with a hire date of 01/30/2017, did not have a central registry report on file. 3. Staff #5, with a hire date of 08/10/2016, had a completed central registry report dated 11/09/2016 exceeding the 30 days from hire allowance.

Plan of Correction: Per the owner: I will submit missing information for staff and follow up on forms already submitted.

Standard #: 63.2-1720-F
Description: Based on observation and record review, the facility did not ensure staff without a completed criminal history record were not permitted to work in a position that involves direct contact with a child receiving services until an original criminal history record has been received, unless such person works under the direct supervision of another employee for whom a background check has been completed in accordance with the requirements. Evidence: 1. Staff #4, hired 01/30/2017, was observed working alone with a group of five children. 2. The record of staff #4 did not have a completed criminal history record.

Plan of Correction: Per the owner: I will follow-up on the criminal history for the staff and make sure the staff is supervised by staff with a completed criminal history.

Disclaimer:

A compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility.

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