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Oklahoma City day care center has reported issues to DHS

BY RANDY ELLIS Modified: April 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm •  Published: April 18, 2010
ree months later, La Petite reported back that the teacher found guilty of the offense had been terminated several months earlier.

On March 18, 2009, inspectors reported rest rooms for 4- and 5-year-old children and school-aged children were dirty with urine on the floor in the younger group’s rest room.

On April 3, 2009, inspectors received and later substantiated a complaint that a staff member had grabbed a child by the arm and another staff member had napped when children were present. The staff member who grabbed the child was terminated. La Petite reported the other staff member said she closed her eyes during a nap time because she was ill due to her pregnancy. She was told that was unacceptable.

On April 2, 2009, La Petite’s director called to say a parent might complain because a child left the center with "a little blood under her nose.” The director said a teacher thought the blood was caused by allergies. DHS investigated a subsequent complaint and reported it was unable to substantiate a lack of supervision, but did confirm the center’s diaper changing policy wasn’t being followed correctly. The center promised to retrain staff members on diaper changing procedures.

On Nov. 4, 2009, inspectors found nails protruding from a new playground fence, a broken toy truck and two tricycles with broken seats. La Petite employees discarded the broken toy truck and said repairs would be made to the fence and tricycles.

On Dec. 18, 2009, La Petite staff members were reported to be missing entry level training and annual training certification.

"We are continuing to evaluate the information we currently have, and we’ll keep reviewing their ability to come into compliance and to remain in compliance with the plan of correction they submitted,” said Mary Leaver, DHS spokeswoman.

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