Under the Sun Learning Center of West Deptford - West Deptford Township NJ Regular Child Care Center

1111 & 1107 STE 706 & 708 MANTUA PIKE (RT.45) B. 1 2 3 , West Deptford Township NJ 08051
(856) 468-5454
5 Reviews

About the Provider

Description: In 1984, the first Under the Sun Learning Center was founded to provide top-quality care for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. Since our opening, Under the Sun has grown to three locations in South Jersey - Marlton, Stratford and West Deptford. Open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, Under the Sun offers flexible schedules that fit the needs of today's busy families.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 08UND0001
  • Capacity: 156
  • Age Range: 0 - 13 years
  • State Rating: 1
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Current License Expiration Date: 2025-09-01
  • District Office: New Jersey Dept of Children and Families - Office of Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-877-667-9845 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Cited Date Abated Regulation Number
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-4.3(b)
There shall be a minimum of two staff members accompanying children on any field trip, outing, or special event involving children away from the center, even when the appropriate staff/child ratios allow fewer than two staff members.

Violation Observed: Ensure that a minimum of 2 staff are present in building 2, as required.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-6.1(e)
The center shall ensure that pacifiers are removed when the children are crawling or walking.

Violation Observed: Ensure that pacifiers are removed when children are crawling or walking in rooms 6 and 7.
2023-03-07 2023-04-28 3A:52-4.6(a)
The center shall maintain on file a Staff Records Checklist designated by the Office of Licensing, as specified in N.J.A.C. 3A:52-4.1(b), indicating that the center has obtained documentation of the applicable staff education and experience, as specified in 3A:52-4.6(b) through (d).

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center completes and maintains on file a Staff Records Checklist , including proof of receipt for policies, record of Mantoux results and medical exams.
2023-03-07 2023-04-28 3A:52-4.10(a)(1)
The sponsor or sponsor representative, and each staff member shall complete a signed consent form provided by the Department that indicates the identifying information necessary to conduct a CARI background check, including the person’s name, address, date of birth, sex, race, and Social Security number. Pursuant to the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579), the Department shall advise each such person that the disclosure of his or her Social Security number is voluntary, and that the Social Security number will only be used for the purpose of conducting a CARI background check.

Violation Observed: Ensure that CARI background checks are completed for 6 staff.
2023-03-07 2023-04-28 3A:52-4.11(a)(1)
As a condition of securing a license or Certificate of Life/Safety Approval, the sponsor or sponsor representative shall ensure that a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) fingerprint background check is completed for himself or herself, and for all staff members at least 18 years of age who are or will be working at the center on a regularly- scheduled basis, to determine whether any such person has been convicted of a crime, as specified in P.L. 2000, c. 77 (N.J.S.A. 30:5B-6.10 to 6.17). The sponsor or sponsor representative and each staff member shall complete the electronic fingerprinting process through the vendor authorized by the State to conduct CHRI background checks through the Division of State Police in the Department of Law and Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Violation Observed: Ensure that CHRI background checks are completed for 8 staff.
2023-03-07 2023-04-28 3A:52-5.3(l)(4)
Emergency procedure requirements are as follows: the center shall conduct two lockdown drills per year and maintain on file a record of each lockdown drill. The center shall ensure that lockdown drills are conducted during each session provided at the center.

Violation Observed: Ensure that the center conducts at least two lockdown drills per year during each session provided at the center and maintains records of the drills on file.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-5.3(l)(1)
Emergency procedure requirements are as follows: the center shall prepare written emergency procedures delineating

Violation Observed: Remove storage from the bathrooms throughout the center to ensure that the emergency plans are adhered to.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-5.3(a)(2)
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: floors, carpeting, walls, window coverings, ceilings, and other surfaces shall be kept clean and in good repair.

Violation Observed: Replace stained ceiling tiles in building 2.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-5.4(a)(3)
For early childhood programs, the following shall apply, crawl spaces, attic spaces, and all doors and windows used for natural ventilation shall be provided with insect screening.

Violation Observed: Provide screens on all doors used for ventilation, or ensure that doors remain closed at all times in room 4.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-5.3(b)(7)
Outdoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: the center shall comply with the Playground Safety Subcode of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:23-11.

Violation Observed: Redistribute the resilient surfacing and maintain use zones under all play equipment as required.
2023-03-07 2023-03-24 3A:52-5.3(b)(1)
Outdoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: the building, land, walkways, and outdoor play area shall be free from hazards to the health, safety or well-being of the children.

Violation Observed: Secure exposed tarp on the outdoor play area.
2022-04-29 2022-05-20 3A:52-4.3(c)
The following staff/child ratios shall apply, except as specified in 3A:52-4.3(d) through (f):Age Staff/Child RatioUnder 18 months - 1:418 months up to 2 ½ years - 1:62 ½ years up to 4 years - 1:104 years - 1:125 years and older - 1:15

Violation Observed: Ensure that adequate staff/child ratios are maintained at all times throughout the center.
2022-04-29 2022-05-20 3A:52-6.4(i)
Children shall not use pacifiers with straps or other types of attachment devices.

Violation Observed: Cease the use of pacifier straps or other types of attachment devices.
2022-04-29 2022-05-20 3A:52-5.3(a)(2)
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: floors, carpeting, walls, window coverings, ceilings, and other surfaces shall be kept clean and in good repair.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all doors and door frames are kept clean.
2022-04-29 2022-05-20 3A:52-5.3(a)(4)
Indoor maintenance and sanitation requirements are as follows: carpeting shall be securely fastened to the floor.

Violation Observed: Ensure that all carpeting is securely fastened to the floor.

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Reviews

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TopParent 2020-01-13 19:51:57
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

food left on counters; debris/tools left on floor where babies crawl; frequently smells like trash/dirty diapers; multiple babies with frequent diaper rash only on days at the school (not being changed often enough?); friends of workers just hanging out in the rooms - chaos during pickup - no supervision; too many kids to staff (I witnessed 6-7 babies to only 2 staffers); incorrectly reports on feeding/changing schedule; icy conditions not tended to in parking lot; people can walk in with no one at the desk in the mornings sometimes; doesn't feed foods as requested; feeds bottles after 1 hr of being warmed; puts blankets and toys in crib with babies too young to pull themselves up; doesn't return clothing/bottles/socks/etc.; doesn't return clothing/bottles/socks/etc.; uses others' diapers/wipes/cream, etc. w/o asking about skin sensitivities; uses unsafe hair products of other children, even after being asked not to several times (choking hazards).

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Jenn 2015-01-26 16:06:05

My child attends the before and after school program at UTS as well. We have been there since my child was an infant. I do know that the children are always given alternatives for breakfast - like plain Cheerios or bagels. Maybe you should talk to your child about his/her choices. And because of food allergies with my child, I know that the juice they serve is 100% juice. It's sad that you feel your options are limited and you HAD to send your child there. I am so glad that my child is safe and loved and well cared for. That is what is the most important thing to me!

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Jessica 2015-01-23 16:21:52

My two year old daughter attends there and she is so excited to go to school every day. The staff is warm and kind, and you can tell that they genuinely care about your child as if they were their own. The center is clean and well taken care of and the playground is great! They also provide meals which most centers in the area do not. My daughter comes home every day and literally has learned something new. She is two years old and knows all her colors, shapes, can say her ABCs and count to 20. She also can recognize her name when she sees it written somewhere. It is so comforting dropping your child off and knowing they are being well taken care of and getting love and attention and an education! I would recommend Under the Sun to anyone!

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Sharon 2015-01-23 15:56:14

I am sorry that you had that experience if you had spoken to the Director she would have made sure that fresh fruit was offered. Any concern is always taken seriously and addressed immediately.

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Caring Mom 2014-10-15 09:39:02

My child went to UTS for before and after school care. The center advertises that is provides nourishing food. This couldn't be further than the truth. For breakfast they provide straight sugar and dyes and chemicals. I am not exaggerating. They have rice krispie treats, chocolate doughnuts, sugar cereals, juice with added sugar and dye (the juice is BLUE) I have never seen a piece of fruit. I called to request more healthy breakfasts, the person I spoke to was very unconcerned. She said that when they offer fruit no one eats it, so they would rather the children eat something. I had to start bringing breakfast for my child, which is ridiculous since we are paying for them to provide food. My childcare options are limited, otherwise I would have not sent my child there.

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