The Environmental Health section completes sanitation inspections on all child care centers in Sampson County twice each fiscal year, and one time in each six-month period. All child care centers are licensed by the Division of Child Development and inspections performed by this department are forwarded to their agency.
|Constructing a New Child Care Center|
If you are constructing a new childcare center, before initiating construction you must submit equipment specifications and the Plan Review Application to this office.
Child Care Center Plan Review Application
|Some of the items noted during the inspection include:|
- Food sources and storage, protection and service
- Kitchen requirements
- Cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation areas
- Water supply and temperatures
- Diaper-changing procedures and facility
- Storage areas
- Chemical and medicine storage
- Beds, cots and linens
- Overall cleaning and sanitizing of the facility
- Construction of the facility
- Lighting and thermal environment
- Control of communicable disease
- Outdoor learning environment and premises
A score card is posted at the center that states the classification and number of demerits noted during the inspection. A center receives a superior classification if the demerits do not exceed 15 and no six-point violations are found. The center is classified as approved if the demerit score is more than 15 but less than 30, and no six-point demerits are noted. A provisional classification is issued when the demerit score is more than 30 but does not exceed 45, or if any six-point demerit item is violated. The center has seven days to repair all provisional violations. A center is classified as disapproved if the demerit score is more than 45, or if the conditions that resulted in a provisional classification have not been repaired in the time period specified by the Department.