2 London, Ontario. Day care facilities closed by province – London

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Two London, Ont. The closure of day care centers was ordered by the province citing an “imminent threat to the health, safety or welfare of children”, forcing parents to find alternative arrangements for their children.

Details on why the Department of Education, which licenses such establishments, on Thursday ordered the closure of the two Kidorable sites in London, one at 35 Jim Ashton St, the other at 1697 Trafalgar St, remain limited.

Both locations have been issued identical protection orders by the ministry, according to the province’s state child care inspection register.

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The register shows licensee Altaqwa Academy Foundation was issued protection orders on Thursday to “immediately stop providing childcare” at both facilities “until the immediate threat to the health, safety or welfare of children is resolved.”

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No further information is provided, including what the “imminent threat” was. According to the register, both institutions subsequently had their licenses revoked.

The notice was posted at both Kidorable locations in London.

Those who visited either location on Friday were greeted with a printed notice on the door informing them of the ministry’s protection order.

A letter sent to parents’ homes cited recent provincial inspections and “some operational procedures to be completed” as the reason for the closure.

“Both of our campuses have been subject to their regular surveillance inspections by the Department of Education for the past few months and most recently this week,” the letter reads.

“However, due to some operational procedures that must be met under guidelines set by the Department, we are mandated to meet these requirements before the center reopens and we are committing all necessary resources to meet these adjustments as soon as possible.”

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No information was given about the operational processes. A message to Kidorable for comment was not returned at the time of publication.

“The health and safety of our children is of the utmost importance. For this reason, safeguard orders — the immediate cessation of operations — are being issued to ensure the safety and security of the children being cared for,” said Grace Lee, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, in an emailed statement.

A City of London spokesman said in a statement that the municipality was helping parents and guardians affected by the sudden closures.

“The city is supporting families by providing them with information about alternatives, recognizing this is difficult and unexpected news for them,” the statement said.

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According to the Provincial Child Care Centers Register, Kidorable’s Jim Ashton location was first licensed in 2014 and is allowed to accommodate 154 children, while the Trafalgar Street location was licensed in 2019 and is allowed to accommodate 134 children.

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The register lists previous inspections for all child care facilities in Ontario and shows that both facilities have had problems with provincial compliance in the past.

According to the registry, the Trafalgar Street center failed to meet a total of 39 provincial licensing requirements during six separate inspections between October 2019 and January this year. All problems found were later fixed, as the inspection lists show.

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The most recent inspection on the register, on January 11 this year, found the 17 Trafalgar Street facility to fail to meet requirements, including two classified as critical and nine classified as high risk. According to the inspectors, the critical and high-risk violations included:

  • That every child is supervised by an adult at all times (critical),
  • That individual plans for a child with medical needs are implemented in each child care facility (essential),
  • That a daily attendance record is kept showing the arrival and departure times and absences of each child (high),
  • That every child under the age of one year is fed (up) according to the written instructions of the parents,
  • That a playground safety policy will be implemented (high),
  • That a fixed play structure or flooring in the outdoor play area meets the required standards (high),
  • Ensuring that a child is given any drug or drug “only with written parental permission, including a schedule specifying the times and amounts to be given” (high).

During a previous inspection of the Trafalgar facility on June 14, 2021, Department inspectors found that the licensee had “allowed the use of harsh or degrading measures or threats or the use of derogatory language directed at or in the presence of a child child that would do so would humiliate, shame or frighten the child, or undermine their self-respect, dignity or self-esteem.”

A separate inspection of the Trafalgar Street Kidorable by the Middlesex-London Health Unit in late April found the facility had failed to ensure that outlets and cords were out of the reach of children. According to the inspection list, the alleged security breach was rectified that day.

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At the Jim Ashton Street site, the provincial registry shows that the facility was found to have violated a total of seven licensing requirements during two department inspections — one on April 29, 2021 and one on October 7, 2021.

The April inspection found the facility to have breached three critical risk eligibility requirements and two high risk requirements. According to inspectors, the three critical requirements that were not met were:

  • That the licensee will make all drugs and medicines out of the reach of children at all times,
  • That all drugs and medicines are kept in a locked container, and
  • That rooms in which medical supplies, cleaning materials, other toxic or dangerous substances and electrical equipment are stored and the items they contain are out of the reach of children.

During the October inspection, a medium-risk requirement and a low-risk requirement were not met, the registry said.

All seven issues were later resolved.

A separate inspection by the health unit in July 2020 found that Jim Ashton’s facility had failed to ensure outlets and cords were out of the reach of children.

On 25.11.2020 and on 22.04. This year the facility was again examined by the health department. No violations were found in either of the two checks.

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Both establishments have restrictions on their current gaming device licenses, according to the register.

“The licensee will ensure that permanently installed play equipment is not used by children until it has been confirmed that the structures meet CSA standards and all health and safety concerns have been resolved,” the listing for the Jim Ashton site reads.

“Upon completion of playground repairs and renovations, Licensee must provide written certification from a third-party certified playground inspector that all health and safety concerns have been addressed and that the playground meets CSA standards.”

For Kidorable’s Trafalgar Street site, the license terms state that the licensee must “implement the ‘Outside Game Management Plan’ submitted to the Department on 3 March 2022”.

“This plan is to ensure that fixed equipment (particularly the mountain slide, wooden beams on the mountain slide and the wooden platform with slide and surrounding area) is not used by children until it has been confirmed that the structures meet CSA standards and that all health – and safety regulations are met Concerns have been dispelled, ”says the conditions.

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“Upon completion of playground repairs and renovations, Licensee must provide written certification from a third-party certified playground inspector that all health and safety concerns have been addressed and that the playground meets CSA standards.”

It is unclear when the conditions were added and if they have since been met.

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