|Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) Iman Al-Absi conducted an unannounced Random Annual inspection with Licensee Barbara Hibbert. There were five children in care. Also present in the home was Licensee's minor son/helper. Facility is within ratio and capacity. Business hours are Monday - Friday from 6am to 6pm. LPA conducted a tour of the home and outdoor play area to ensure compliance with standards established in CCR, Title 22, Division 12, Chapter 3. Licensee has provided adequate space for the children to eat, sleep and play within the home. Areas used for child care include living room, family room, dining room, kitchen, one bath and side yard for outdoor activities. Off limits areas include four bedrooms, one bath, backyard and garage. Garage is made inaccessible through lock.
During the tour of the kitchen, a sharp knife was found accessible to children on the edge of sink in kitchen. In a top kitchen drawer, a large drill along with nails were found accessible. The drawer did not have a latch or lock. Per Licensee, she was using the drill and nails to install new latches but project was not completed. It is to be noted that the kitchen is an open area that is not barricaded and opens into the main play area were children were present.
During the tour of the side yard, LPA observed a lawn mower along with a car toy with a broken seat accessible to children in care. The gate that leads to backyard was found open. In the backyard is a jacuzzi that was found unlocked and accessible to children. The jacuzzi contained warm water at time of visit. Although the jacuzzi had a cover, the latches of the cover were all found unlocked at time of visit allowing the cover to be easily lifted. The lock portion of latches were pointed out to Licensee. Per Licensee, she did not know that they could be locked and she does not have they key. An immediate civil penalty of $500 was assessed. The backyard also contained an uncovered BBQ grill and gardening tools. Licensee barricaded the backyard area at time of visit by closing the gate that is in between the side and backyard. Since the gate cannot be locked, Licensee placed a large play home in front of the gate temporary barricading access.