Day Care Inspections: Little Rocketeers Child Care (Updated)

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Updated: April 11, 2013:

The Virginia Department of Social Services has posted a revised inspection report for Little Rocketeers Child Care, located at 9345 Devlins Grove Place in Bristow.

Virginia Department of Social Services Comments:

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted beginning at 10:35 a.m.and ending at 2:00 p.m. Exit review will be conducted with the director after the inspector meets with the administrator.

Violations

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-70-A

Description: Based on a review of two staff files, staff orientation documentation does not list what was included in the training. Evidence: The orientation certificate states the staff name, the date the orientation was completed, and the number of training hours. There is no documentation that staff received the required training.

Action to be Taken: All our staff receives proper orientation training at all times, and all the documentation are in the files for review. New inspector failed to review the files accurately and reported a dishonest/false finding and report. This violation report is false.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-280-G

Description: Based on observation during a tour of the facility and staff interviews, hazardous substances not in the original container were in substitute containers (spray bottles) that were not clearly marked to indicate their contents. Containers were labeled “cleaning solution”. Staff stated the containers contained bleach water. Per the definitions in the standards, “clean” means to use soap and water. Using bleach water is “sanitizing”. Per these definitions, the spray bottles did not contain a cleaning solution. It is necessary to know what is in the containers in case of an emergency.

Action to be Taken: Our spray bottles containing cleaning solutions are now re-labeled: Bleach and water and Soap and water.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-440-B

Description: Based on observation during a tour of the facility and staff interviews, cribs and cots are not identified for use by a specific child. Evidence: There were no name tags or other system in place to determine which cot or crib was to be used by which child. Individual cots/cribs help reduce the spread of germs from one child to another.

Action to be Taken: Our center has always had an identification system in place. Our cribs have always been identified by child. However, our system was not acceptable to new inspector. Now we have two identification systems in place, over exceeding the state standard.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-440-J

Description: Based on observation and measurement during a tour of the facility, there was not at least 30″ of space on the service side of occupied cribs, as required. Evidence: There was 24″ of space on the service side of one occupied crib. There was no space on the service side of the other occupied crib. One side was touching another crib and the other side had a bouncy seat between the occupied crib and another crib, with no additional space in between.

Action to be Taken: Our cribs have 30 inches between them on the service side.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-A

Description: Based on a review of the center’s emergency preparedness plan and staff interview, the center did not have a complete emergency preparedness plan. Evidence: There was no documentation that the emergency preparedness plan included procedures for chemical spills, intruder, or terrorism, as required.

Action to be Taken: Our center has always had an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place. Our plan was submitted to the Department of Social Services in 2007 and both the previous and new inspector failed to review our documents and verify our compliance for all our emergency plans.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-550-B

Description: Based on a review of the center’s emergency preparedness plan, the plan does not contain all required procedural components. Evidence: There is no documentation of specific alarms specific to each situation. There is no documentation of a 24 hour contact number for the emergency officer or back-up officer. There is no documentation of who is to notify or how the local authorities ( poison control, health department, etc.) parents, and local media are to be notified in case of an emergency. There is no documentation of the availability or primary use of communication tools. There is no documentation of who is to secure special healthcare supplies during an evacuation or shelter-in-place. There is no documentation of staff training requirements, plan review or update.

Action to be Taken: Our center has always had an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place. Our plan was submitted to the Department of Social Services in 2007 and both the previous and new inspector failed to review our documents and verify our compliance for all our emergency plans.

Standard #: 2 22VAC40-185-570-I

Description: Based on observation in the infant room and interviews with staff, the center does not have the required one-day’s emergency supply of disposable bottles, nipples, and commercial formulas appropriate for the infants in care. Evidence: Center staff ask parents to bring in one extra bottle of prepared formula each day to be used that day, if needed. There is no additional formula or bottle for any of the children if the children need to be evacuated from the center in an emergency.

Action to be Taken: A one day supply of emergency supplies are maintained at our center.

 

Original Report: Oct. 9, 2013

As a service to its readers, the Bristow Beat will periodically publish unaltered Virginia Department of Social Services monitoring inspection reports of local day care and family day home facilities. Full reports of each provider are located online and are available for public viewing.

The licensed child day care center, Little Rocketeers Child Care, located at 9345 Devlins Grove Place in Bristow was inspected on Oct. 9, 2012.

Virginia Department of Social Services Comments:

An unannounced monitoring inspection was conducted beginning at 10:35A.M. and ending at 2:00 P.M. Exit review will be conducted with the director after the inspector meets with the administrator.

Violations

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-90-A

Description: Based on a review of two staff files, staff orientation documentation does not list what was included in the training. Evidence: The orientation certificate states the staff name, the date the orientation was completed, and the number of training hours. There is no documentation that staff received the required training.

Action to be Taken: Previous DSS inspector for five years checked employee files and certificates and never addressed any problems with this standard. All staff have received proper orientation training. We have followed the DSS guidelines. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-350-G

Description: Based on observation during a tour of the facility and staff interviews, hazardous substances not in the original container were in substitute containers (spray bottles) that were not clearly marked to indicate their contents. Containers were labeled “cleaning solution”. Staff stated the containers contained bleach water. Per the definitions in the standards, “clean” means to use soap and water. Using bleach water is “sanitizing”. Per these definitions, the spray bottles did not contain a cleaning solution. It is necessary to know what is in the containers in case of an emergency.

Action to be Taken: Spray bottles containing cleaning solutions. For 13 years, previous DSS inspectors have never addressed an issue with our spray bottles. We labeled the bottles cleaning solutions as per the advice of the DSS Department. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-510-B

Description: Based on observation during a tour of the facility and staff interviews, cribs and cots are not identified for use by a specific child. Evidence: There were no name tags or other system in place to determine which cot or crib was to be used by which child. Individual cots/cribs help reduce the spread of germs from one child to another.

Action to be Taken: Previous DSS inspector for five years and prior to center’s opening checked all cribs and cots and never addressed any problems or the standards. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-510-J

Description: Based on observation and measurement during a tour of the facility, there was not at least 30″ of space on the service side of occupied cribs, as required. Evidence: There was 24″ of space on the service side of one occupied crib. There was no space on the service side of the other occupied crib. One side was touching another crib and the other side had a bouncy seat between the occupied crib and another crib, with no additional space in between.

Action to be Taken: Previous DSS inspector for five years and prior to center’s opening, checked all cribs and cots and never addressed any problems or the standards. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-610-A

Description: Based on a review of the center’s emergency preparedness plan and staff interview, the center did not have a complete emergency preparedness plan. Evidence: There was no documentation that the emergency preparedness plan included emergency procedures for chemical spills, intruder, or terrorism, or that the procedures were developed in consultation with local or state authorities, as required.

Action to be Taken: Emergency preparedness plan was submitted to DSS office on August 2007. DSS never reviewed our plan. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-610-B

Description: Based on a review of the center’s emergency preparedness plan, the plan does not contain all required procedural components. Evidence: There is no documentation of specific alarms specific to each situation. There is no documentation of a 24 hour contact phone number for the emergency officer or back-up officer. There is no documentation of who is to notify or how the local authorities are to be notified in case of an emergency. There is no documentation of the availability or primary use of communication tools. There is no documentation of who is to secure special healthcare supplies during an evacuation or shelter-in-place. There is no documentation of staff training requirements, plan review or update.

Action to be Taken: Emergency preparedness plan was submitted to DSS office on August 2007. DSS never reviewed our plan. Director will request for appeal of violation.

Standard #: 22VAC15-30-630-I

Description: Based on observation in the infant room and interviews with staff, the center does not have the required one-day’s emergency supply of disposable bottles, nipples, and commercial formulas appropriate for the infants in care. Evidence: Center staff ask parents to bring in one extra bottle of prepared formula each day to be used that day, if needed. There is no additional formula or bottle for any of the children if the children need to be evacuated from the center in an emergency.

Action to be Taken: Emergency preparedness plan was submitted to DSS office on August 2007. DSS never reviewed our plan. Infant room was inspected by prior inspector of five years before the center opened and for five additional years and never addressed this standard. Director will request for appeal of violation.

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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