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Abracadabra Child Care & Development center
700 Commonwealth Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 548-7796

Current Inspector: Nancy Radcliffe (703) 268-3728

Inspection Date: May 1, 2018

Complaint Related: No

Areas Reviewed:
32.1 Report by person other than physician
63.2 General Provisions.
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Licensure and Registration Procedures
63.2 Facilities and Programs..
22VAC40-191 Background Checks (22VAC40-191)

Technical Assistance:
Technical assistance today included organizing medication authorizations and record keeping; organizing staff files; and allergy action plans.

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today from 10 am -12:30 pm. There were 71 children present with all classes in ratio. I observed children involved in role-modeling and dramatic play; using manipulative toys; listening to a story about a Gingerbread Boy; dancing; playing in the playground and beginning lunch. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-270-A
Description: Based on observation during today's inspection, there were some areas of the center in Building 1 and the playground that were not maintained in a safe condition. Evidence: Outdoors: In the playground, there were two pieces of hard black plastic that were exposed through the resilient surface in a way that pose a tripping hazard. Indoors: The mat in the kitchen walkway was torn in a way that could pose a tripping hazard. There was an area of a bathroom, usually used for adults, that had broken tile on the floor entrance. There was chipping paint in areas of classrooms, and a chunk of plaster was missing from a corner wall.

Plan of Correction: The area of the playground will be blocked off by cones until we can get it repaired. The mat will be replaced. We will see about painting and fixing the tile.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-B
Description: Hazardous substances such as cleaning materials were not kept in a locked place as required. Evidence: A jar of sanitizing tablets was stored on a ledge above the sink in the kitchen. There was no lock on a cabinet that contained cleaners in two rooms; and a door which led to a storage area with canisters of soap was unlocked.

Plan of Correction: We will make sure everything is locked.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-A
Description: Based on a review of medications and paperwork, not all medication present had authorizations and were kept as stated in the school's medication procedures. Evidence: 1)There was no parent authorization available for a long term medication for Child # 2. Page one of the MAT form had a physician's authorization but page two was missing. 2) The long-term medication for Child # 4 had an expiration date of 11/17.

Plan of Correction: We will begin using the one-page DSS form and have the parent sign it. We will ask the second parent to provide a new medication.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-510-J
Description: During today's inspection, children's medications were observed to be kept in an unlocked place. Evidence: One classroom had children's medications inside the first aid kit, which made the medication accessible when obtaining a first aid supply. There was no lock available.

Plan of Correction: All medications will always be locked. Separate containers will be provided to this classroom for the first aid kit and medication.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-540-A
Description: Not all floors at the center today had a complete first aid kit as required. Evidence: One kit had no working ice pack (the one present required prior freezing), and tape .

Plan of Correction: All floors have now been given full first aid kits.


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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