JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Several local day cares were cited recently for leaving children alone in a room or not having enough supervision for the number of children being cared for.
The Florida Department of Children and Families inspects local day cares to make sure they are up to code and safe for the children they serve.
Sunrise Day Care and Learning Center at 12422 Woodland Drive received four violations during its latest inspection. According to the report, eight children were left alone and unsupervised in a voluntary pre-kindergarten room.
When a DCF counselor arrived, four staff members were sitting at a lunch table, one was in the bathroom and another was outside. One of the staff members moved to the VPK room during the inspection.
The report also said that the number of children napping in a room was more than the licensed number for capacity. The staff members split up the children into two separate rooms to fix the issue.
The counselor also found that several staff members, including the director, did not complete annual in-service training. They have until the beginning of September to send certificates of completion to DCF.
Success For Kids Academy at 4541 Shirley Ave. had three violations, during its latest inspection.
One staff member was supervising a mixed-age group of three infants and five 1-year-olds. A ratio of one staff member to four children is required for the day care. To fix the problem, another staff member returned to the day care, and the infants and 1-year-olds were separated. The day care was given a warning by DCF, which means that the next violation it receives could result in a fine.
The day care was also cited for incomplete training documents. According to DCF, the updated training forms have been filed.
?To report concerns or complaints about a child care facility, call 904-485-9564.
You can also go to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/parent-resources and select "Provider Search" to search for recent inspections for any local child care facility.