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DAY CARE INSPECTIONS: Daytime Playtime Enrichment Center Cited for Safety Hazards

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments | News

The Virginia Department of Social Services inspected Daytime Playtime Enrichment Center in Gainesville May 6. The agency noted safety violations.

The day care center, located at 14680 Gap Way, was previously cited Mar. 1, 2013 for several safety hazards.

Virginia Department of Social Services Comments:

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted today with the director and the owner. Forty one children were present with six staff providing direct care supervision. Two children had emergency medications on site and five staff are PMAT trained. Many of the children were outside enjoying the lovely weather at the beginning of the inspection while others were actively engaged in center time. Staff and teacher interactions was constructive and redirected the children to desired behavior Arrival time: 1:55 pm Departure time: 5 pm

Editor’s Note: Descriptions of violations and the responses from the facility came directly from the inspection report.

Violations

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-90-A

Description: Based on a review of children’s files and an interview with the owner and director, it was determined that the center has not entered into an agreement with the parents that addresses parents reporting communicable diseases in their household to the center. Evidence: The center does not have an agreement between the parents and center that the parent will inform the center within 24 hours or the next business day after his child or any member of the immediate household has developed any reportable communicable disease, as defined by the State Board of Health, except for life threatening diseases which must be reported immediately.

Action to be Taken: I will put this statement into our policies and procedures and have the parents sign the addendum.

Standard #:  22VAC40-185-270-A

Description: Based on an inspection of the younger playground with the director, it was determined that the fence/gate surrounding the younger playground had bolts that present protrusion hazards. Evidence: The bolts on the fence and gate on the playground were double bolted and the bolts protruded beyond the face of the gauges consequently presented protrusion hazards.

Action to be Taken: We will cut the bolts to make sure they don’t present a protrusion hazard.

Standard #:  22VAC40-185-330-B

Description: Based on an inspection of the playground with the director, it was determined that there was insufficient resilient surfacing under the fall zones. Evidence: Four feet in front of the blue slide on the composite play structure had 2 inches of pea gravel and not the required 6 inches.

Action to be Taken: We will rake the pea gravel into the proper fall zones and ensure at least six inches in all use/fall zones.

Standard #:  22VAC40-185-430-C

Description: Based on an inspection of the playground with the director, it was determined that there was an opening on the large green/yellow/blue composite play structure that presented an entrapment hazards. Evidence: On the older playground, there was an opening at the bottom of the tic-tac-toe structure that allowed a 3 1/2inch by 6 1/4 inch rectangle to fit through but did not allow an nine-inch circle to fit through, therefore presenting an entrapment hazard.

Action to be Taken: We will place this structure off limits today with yellow tape and we will reopen the structure when brought into full compliance.

Standard #:  22VAC40-185-550-M

Description: Based on a review of the injury/accident/incident forms and an interview with the owner and director, it was determined that the center is not documenting all of the required information. Evidence: The center does not have a place on the incident/accident forms to document “ways to prevent reoccurrence” nor is the center documenting the time of day parents are notified of injuries/accidents.

Action to be Taken: We will redo the forms and add the required information.

Full reports of each provider are located online and are available for public viewing.

The Virginia Department of Social Services inspects all licensed child-welfare agencies at least twice a year, with at least one unannounced inspection each year.

“In order to determine continued compliance with standards during the effective dates of the license, the department’s licensing representative will make announced and unannounced inspections of the facility or agency during the hours of its operation,” the agency states on their website. “The licensee is responsible for correcting any areas of noncompliance found during renewal or monitoring inspections.”

VDSS cautions that a compliance history is in no way a rating for a facility and online compliance reports do not include consideration that some information regarding “adverse actions” may be the subject of pending appeals.

According to the agency, “through the administration of the licensing program, the Department of Social Services assumes responsibility to ensure that licensed facilities and agencies provide children and adults with at least a minimum level of care in accordance with regulations prescribed by the State Board of Social Services and Child Day-Care Council.”

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