Creative Preschool-spruce Pine Montessori - Spruce Pine NC Three Star Center License

67 WALNUT AVE , SPRUCE PINE NC 28777
(828) 765-7779

About the Provider

Description: Welcome to Spruce Pine Montessori School! Founded in 1972 by parents who sought a creative, active learning environment for their young children, SPMS has grown for four decades into a highly respected center for pre-school through sixth grade. Located in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, our school prides itself on the integration of our community and its cultures. SPMS focuses on the Montessori approach to child-centered learning, by creating an environment where children feel secure, supported, and stimulated.

We believe that excellent education is built around supporting the whole child. Starting in our toddler classroom (18 months to 3 years old), children are nurtured in an environment that is designed to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of a growing child. Continuing in our primary (3-6 year olds) and elementary (6-12 year olds) programs, our teachers help students learn personal responsibility through peaceful resolution of minor conflicts and encourage a positive outlook regarding self and others. The core values in each classroom are respect for oneself, for others, and for the environment. We strive to share the importance of observation, inspiration, communication, and independence.

The small size of our school allows close involvement among staff, students, and parents, creating a powerful sense of community. Thus, children feel valued for who they are, and parents become an important partner in the educational process.

Additional Information: Three Star Center License

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 61000022
  • Capacity: 73
  • Age Range: 1 through 12
  • State Rating: 3
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • District Office: North Carolina Dept of Health and Human Services - Division of Child Development
  • District Office Phone: (919) 662-4499 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Type Violations Rule
2023-02-06 Announced Inspection Yes
2023-02-06 Violation 428 GS 110-91(12); .0508(a)
A current activity plan was not posted for each group of children for reference. In space #1, the staff member did not have the current activity plan on-site and posted. The staff member stated that the activity plans for this week are at home.
2023-02-06 Violation 721 G.S. 110-91(6); .0601(b)
All equipment and furnishings were not in good repair. Outdoor space #1, a metal colander with rust, chipping paint on the slide step rails, foam blocks with bite marks and missing foam. Toddler playground, one (1) trike had rust around the handle bars, and one (1) blue bouncy horse had mold and mildew. The administrator removed the metal colander from outdoor space #1 and the trike and bouncy horse form the toddler playground. Remaining repairs are for the chipping paint on the step rails, and removing the foam blocks with bite marks or areas with missing foam.
2023-02-06 Violation 824 GS 110-91(6); .0605((i)
Outdoor play area was not enclosed by fence with a minimum height of 4 feet. The top of the fence, less than six feet, was not free from protrusions. Outdoor space #1, fence height measured three (3) feet and three (3) feet five (5) inches on the back side of the playground and on the right side as you enter the playground.
2023-02-06 Violation 840 .2820(b)
All corrosive agents, pesticides, bleaches, detergents, cleansers, polishes, any product which is under pressure in an aerosol dispenser, and any substance which may be hazardous to a child if ingested, inhaled, or handled were not stored in a locked room or cabinet. In space #2, liquid white out was located in an unlocked cabinet above the refrigerator in the kitchen area. Eucerin lotion, Gold Bond lotion, and Aquaphor chapstick were located in an unlocked cabinet near the bathroom in space #2. The administrator removed these items from the classroom and took them to the office.
2023-02-06 Violation 1032 10A NCAC 09 .0701(a)
Child care providers and uncompensated providers who are not substitute providers or volunteers, including the director did not have a medical report on file prior to employment that was signed by a health care professional and/ or the medical report was older than 12 months. Staff member AL hired 10/3/22 did not obtain a medical report prior to employment or no more than twelve (12) months old.
2023-02-06 Violation 1033 .0701(a)
On or before the first day of work, all staff, including the director and individuals who volunteer more than once per week did not provide results indicating that they were free of active TB and/or TB test or screening was older than 12 months. Staff member AL hired 10/3/2022 did not obtain TB results stating the individual is free of active tuberculosis within twelve (12) months prior to the date of employment. TB results on file are dated 6/8/2021.
2023-02-06 Violation 1835 .0801(b)
The medical action plan was not updated on an annual basis or when changes to the plan were made by the child's parent or health care professional. In space #2, one (1) food allergy action plan was not updated annually. The action plan on-site is dated 1/6/2022.
2023-02-06 Violation 1867 .0605(k)(1-4)
The depth of the loose surfacing was not based on critical height of the equipment. Mulch depth on outdoor space #1 was five (5) inches and compacted.
2023-02-06 Violation 1882 .0803(6)(a-i); .0803(7)(a-g); .0803(8)(a-d)
Medication authorization, giving the caregiver standing authorization did not meet the specifications in rule. Permission to administer medication form for KC was missing the permission valid from and to dates
2022-08-31 Unannounced Inspection Yes
2022-08-31 Violation 858 .0604(q)
Plastic bags, materials that could be torn apart and toy parts small enough to be swallowed were accessible to children under three years of age. In the primary building class #2, there were Ziploc bags in two (2) children's cubbies containing extra clothes. The teacher discarded them during the visit.
2022-08-31 Violation 847 10A NCAC 09 .0803(4)(6-9)
Parent's medication authorization did not include required information. Hydrocortison medication for LW in primary building class #1 did not have a medication administration permission form giving the facility permission to administer the medication in the event of an emergency. The Child's Medical Action Plan was on site.
2022-08-16 Announced Inspection No
2022-06-07 Unannounced Inspection No

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