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Great Beginnings Early Learning Center
618 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 224-2599

Current Inspector: Sharlene Sawyer (571) 835-5505

Inspection Date: May 2, 2017

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Consultation was given on VA DSS model forms, medication procedures for emergency medications and allergy action plans, pacifiers with attached stuffed animals to be removed from cribs once the child is asleep and MAT resources to verify educational training.

An unannounced monitoring visit was conducted today from 10:15-12:00. Five classrooms are present within ratios in with direct care staff. Observed infant care (feeding, interactions, sleeping and daily communication logs), outside playtime, art project in the Giraffe classroom, bubble play and transition from an outside walk. Three staff records and three children's records were reviewed, emergency preparation and supplies, trainings (MAT, Daily Health and First Aid/CPR certification) as well as required postings. Lunch to be served today was hamburger patty with bun, spinach salad, cantaloupe and milk. One emergency medication is on-site with storage and authorization current. Areas of non-compliance are identified in this report. Please sign and date the report and return it to me within 5 calendar days from date of receipt. If you have any questions regarding the inspection, please feel free to contact me. A different Licensing Inspector will be assigned to the program as of May 2017. Megan Smith can be reached at and her direct phone number is 703-537-6241. Thank you Ann Dramstad Licensing Inspector 703-314-0860

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Based on observation, cleaning materials were not kept in a locked place. Evidence: 1. In the Penguins classroom a can of air freshener was out in the changing area. 2. In the Ducks classroom a can of air freshener as well as a bottle of bleach solution was in the changing area. The bleach solution was out of reach of children but was not locked up as required for this age group.

Plan of Correction: Moved items from upper rack and placed both items in the locked cabinet

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-290-3
Description: Based on observation, two electrical outlets did not have protective covers. Evidence: An outlet in the Penguins classroom as well as an outlet in the Cubs classroom were missing protective outlet covers.

Plan of Correction: Outlet covers removed by cleaning crew so we replaced them right away and sent a note to cleaning crew.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-520-B
Description: Based on observation sunscreen requirements were not followed for labeling and storage. Evidence: 1. Three sunscreens were accessible in children's cubbies in the Cubs classroom and one sunscreen was accessible in a child's cubby in the Giraffe/Eagles classroom. 2. Two sunscreens with identifying names had worn off in the Ducks classroom.

Plan of Correction: The cubs were out on the playground and had just had the sunscreen applied. We removed the sunscreen and placed it out of reach. Relabeled the Ducks sunscreen whose original labeling had rubbed off.


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