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Children of America (Winchester), LLC
631 West Jubal Early Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-7003

Current Inspector: Diann S. Reed (540) 280-0742

Inspection Date: Aug. 16, 2017

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
22VAC40-185 ADMINISTRATION.
22VAC40-185 STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING.
22VAC40-185 STAFFING AND SUPERVISION.
22VAC40-185 PROGRAMS.

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Comments:
An unannounced inspection was conducted on August 16, 2017 in conjunction with a local agency in regard to a self-reported incident which was reported to the Valley Licensing Office on August 11, 2017. The on-site portion of the inspection was conducted from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. Two staff members and four children were interviewed. The violations resulting from the inspection were listed on the violation notice. On August 16, 2017, there were 80 children present and in the care of 15 staff members. There were 140 children enrolled in the program. An exit phone interview was conducted on August 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact your licensing inspector at (540) 280-0742.

Violations:
Standard #: 22VAC40-185-40-E
Description: Based on interviews and a review of the facility?s policies, the center failed to ensure that the center?s activities and services were maintained in compliance with the center?s own policies and procedures regarding acceptable discipline measures. Evidence: 1. Under the section ?Positive Discipline? in the center's Employee Handbook, it states, "Employees must not restrain a child by any means other than holding him or her for a short period of time, such as in a protective hug, so that the child may regain control." 2. Staff A reported that on the afternoon of 08/11/2017, she sat on the floor with three-year old Child #1 in front of her, facing away from her. The staff was holding the child?s sides underneath his arms, and placed her legs over the top of the child's legs in order to calm him down and prevent him from kicking while he was throwing a tantrum. Though staff indicated that the hold was brief (less than one minute), a restraint involving placing her legs over the child?s legs is not in accordance with the center?s policies.

Plan of Correction: The director will hold a staff meeting on Monday Aug. 28, 2017 and go over and retraining staff members of policies and procedures regarding acceptable discipline.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-B
Description: Based on interviews and discussion with staff, one staff member failed to provide age and stage appropriate behavioral guidance to one child by restraining the child with her legs. Evidence: 1. Staff A reported that on the afternoon of 08/11/2017, she sat on the floor with three-year old Child #1 in front of her, facing away from her. The staff was holding the child?s sides underneath his arms, and placed her legs over the top of the child's legs in order to calm him down and prevent him from kicking while he was throwing a tantrum. The child had been screaming and throwing items in the classroom, and the staff reported that her previous attempts to redirect the child had been unsuccessful. A staff placing her legs over a child?s legs to restrict movement is neither age nor stage appropriate.

Plan of Correction: The director will hold a staff meeting on Monday Aug. 28, 2017 and go over and retraining staff members of age and stage appropriate behavioral guidance for children.

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.

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