EA's Little Blessings Learning Center
956 Berkley Avenue Ext.
Norfolk, VA 23523
Current Inspector: Trisha Brown (757) 404-2601
Inspection Date: April 6, 2017
Complaint Related: No
- Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 PHYSICAL PLANT.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL CARE PROVISIONS AND EMERGENCIES.
22VAC40-185 SPECIAL SERVICES.
22VAC40-80 THE LICENSE.
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)
- Technical Assistance:
Today we discussed playgrounds and playground equipment.
An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted from 10am through 2pm. There were 20 children in care with four staff. Children and staff records were reviewed. Children were observed in teacher and self-directed activities including pencil and paper task, play choice, lunch and nap. Required postings were reviewed. Violations in the areas physical plant, supervision and background checks were cited and appear on the violation notice.
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A Description: Based on observation and interview the center failed to maintain areas in a safe condition. Evidence: 1 - There is a dangling cord from a cell phone that is charging on the teacher desk in the classroom on the first floor. 2 - The cord is within reach of children and poses an entanglement hazard. 3 - Children were observed moving past the cord to access toys and materials nearby. 4 - Staff 4 confirmed that the cord was dangling within reach of children. Plan of Correction: Center management will ensure that electrical cords are situated in such a way so as not pose an entanglement hazard.
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B Description: Based on observation the center failed to ensure that hazardous substances are kept in a locked place using a safe locking method that prevents access by children. Evidence: There are 2 spray cans of air freshener in the designated adult restroom on the second floor of the center. a. One spray can is within reach on the back of the toilet. b. Another spray can is within reach on the sink. Plan of Correction: Center management will remind and retrain all staff in the need to ensure that all hazardous chemicals are stored in locked location when not in use.
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-A Description: Based on observation, when supervising children, the center failed to ensure the care and protection of the children. Evidence: 1 - Five three year old children were left unsupervised in the three year old classroom a. Beyond the classroom entry there is a full flight of steps. 2 - Two, two year old children were allowed to walk from the restroom to their classroom unsupervised. a. The children had to walk past the kitchen that is does not have a door. Therefore, a child could easily gain entry. 3 - There is an adult pair of scissors sitting on a desk in office on the second floor. a. The scissor blade is six inches long b. The scissor was within reach of children. Plan of Correction: Center management will remind and retrain all staff in the need all children to be in direct sight and sound supervision at all times.
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-340-F Description: Based on observation and interview the center failed to ensure that children 10 years of age and older shall be within actual sight and sound supervision of staff. Evidence: 1 - At 10:42am staff 3 walked out of the three year old classroom and into the four year old classroom. a. At that time staff 3 had five children, age three years old, in the three's classroom. The five children were her responsibility. b. Staff 3 was present in the four year classroom long enough to hand out a worksheet to each of the five children in room. Staff 3 continued with her task even as she was being urged not to leave her classroom unattended. 4 - Staff 4 was present in the restroom on the first floor when she instructed child 1 to go back to the classroom. a. Child 1 walked the length of the hallway, opened her classroom door and entered without any adult supervision. b. Staff 4 then instructed another child to sit in hallway. However, the staff went back into the restroom and the child walked down the hallway to her classroom unattended. Plan of Correction: Center management will remind and retrain all staff on the need for sight and sound supervision at all times while children are in care.
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-540-B Description: Based on observation the center failed to ensure that the each first aid kit is easily accessible to staff but not to children. Evidence: There is first aid kit on an open shelf in the office on the second floor of the center. The shelf is an unlocked location, approximately three feet off the ground. Plan of Correction: Center management will either move the first aid kit to a location that in inaccessible to children in care or the office will remain locked at all times when there is not an adult in the room.
Standard #: 22VAC40-191-60-B Description: Based on record review and interview the center failed to ensure that an employee is not employed until the completed sworn statement or affirmation is obtained. Evidence: 1 - The records for staff 2, 4 and 5 contain sworn statements or affirmations that where obtained after the staff were employed. a. The record for staff 2 contains no sworn statement or affirmation and a documented date of hire as 3/13/17. b. The record for staff 4 contains a sworn statement or affirmation dated 2/14/17 and a documented date of hire as 2/3/17. c. The record for staff 5 no sworn statement or affirmation and a documented date of hire as 3/6/17. 2. Staff 6 confirmed that the documents were either obtained after the date of employment or were not present at all. Plan of Correction: Center management will obtain the required sworn statement or affirmation for all staff. Going forward staff will be required to complete the sworn statement prior to employment.
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