First United Methodist Daycare Correcting Inspection Deficiencies

First United Methodist Church Daycare in Hopkinsville is reportedly taking corrective actions following a recent inspection in late June that found some deficiencies in the way children were being cared for.

According to an inspection report submitted to the News Edge an inspector for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services cited the Daycare for six violations during an inspection that took place June 24.

One deficiency involved a daycare worker not properly supervising some of the children in the four-year-old Pre-School room. The worker was reportedly using her cell phone while some students in the room were out of her sight. A new cell phone policy has been created in the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual that states no personal items such as cell phones are to be taken in the classrooms.

Another deficiency involved daycare director Cindy Dougherty placing two mis-behaving children in the Little Chappel for disciplinary purposes. The inspector noted the Little Chappel was not an approved daycare area and also cited the actions taken by Doughtery to attempt to discipline the children. To correct the violation a new Employee Handbook and Discipline Policy was approved by the church board and implemented July 1. A new discipline procedure was implemented as a part of the discipline policy. And the church is filing an application with the state to have the Little Chappell added as a licensed daycare room.

The inspector also cited the daycare for allowing an infant to sleep in a crib with a loose blanket and for not having a directed plan of correction posted in the facility. The daycare worker that placed the loose blanket in the crib has been reprimanded in writing.

And the inspector also cited the daycare for failing to post the most current statement of deficiencies and plans of correction. The inspection report and plan of correction has now been posted to correct the deficiency.

The issues forced the closure of the daycare facility for the past week.

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