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Aurora nursery on probation after state investigation

By meerna Jul11,2024
Aurora nursery on probation after state investigation

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — Denver International SchoolHouse, a Spanish-language day care program in Aurora, has come under fire from the state.

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood Education conducted an inspection in May that placed the school on probation and gave it a Level 2 program quality rating.

The allegations included threats by teachers to tape the children’s mouths shut and hit them with plastic pointers.

The mother of a former student, who wished to remain anonymous, said a family member reported that her child had been left unattended.

“My mother-in-law was picking up our child from school and when she entered the building and went into the room, she found my daughter and another child alone in the room with the owner’s dog,” the mother said. “The trust was broken when our child was left alone and the law clearly states that children cannot be left alone for long periods of time.”

Aerial view of Denver International School
Denver International School (KDVR)

Colorado investigates Aurora nursery

The state’s findings included a report of two children being left unattended. Other findings from the state include:

  • Staff threatened children with physical harm and humiliation
  • The staff made offensive remarks to the children.
  • The consulting strategies were not appropriate
  • The incorrect advice was related to rest periods and outdoor play.
  • Staff did not follow facility policies and procedures
  • Children are not allowed to leave their mats/cots on while resting.
  • Children left unattended with a dog
  • Two children were left without care

The inspection report found that staff threatened to tape children’s mouths shut, hit them with plastic pointers and made derogatory comments to the children, calling them “big problems” for their behaviour in class.

The report also details breaches relating to rest breaks, stating that the inspector “found that staff punished children for not sleeping or resting during nap time by hitting them on the legs with a plastic pointer.”

FOX31 contacted the school regarding this report.

One owner said the teachers involved were immediately fired and parents were notified. State investigations show that most of the findings were also corrected by the school.

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood said that if a facility is issued a trial license, the program agrees to abide by certain conditions and is visited monthly until the department makes a decision on whether to grant the license. Parents are also notified of the reasoning behind the trial period.

By meerna

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