Home-Based Childcare Network
Are You Providing Child Care Without A License?
- You must be licensed with the City of Norfolk if you care for one or more children unrelated to you for payment.
- You need a license if you care for your children or those of a relative, and you are being paid.
Click here to learn about HCN licensure and requirements.
If you are providing child care in your home and are not licensed, be advised that it is against the law!
ALERT: The 2015 Session of the General Assembly passed legislation requiring every unlicensed and unregistered family day home to provide written notice to parents of every child receiving care, at the time care begins. The written notice should:
- State the family day home is not regulated by the Division of Licensing Programs at Virginia Department of Social Services; and
- Refer parents to the following Department website for additional information regarding licensed, registered, unlicensed, and unregistered family day homes.
The benefits of becoming a certified family day home in Norfolk:
- Assistance becoming a licensed family day home with the state
- Help to establish you as a professional in your field
- Use your licensure status as a marketing tool to solicit and educate prospective parents
- Signal to parents that you are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for children
- Receive increased subsidy payments for eligible children in your care
- Be included in a searchable, free listing of your center or family day home on the VDOE and Child Care Aware of Virginia websites and/or referral services
- Allow you full access to free and relevant, up-to-date training and workshops
- Provide you with eligibility to participate in the USDA Food Program, which provides financial reimbursements for meals and snacks
Are you interested in becoming a Home-Based Childcare provider?
*Our next cohort will begin soon, recruiting June 12th - July 7th*
Complete the Home-Based Childcare Network Interest Form here
- Can I move a family child care home to another location in Norfolk?
You must notify the Home-Based Childcare Network Office 30-days prior to your move. You will need to provide the new address as well as the tentative moving date. If the date changes, you should keep your specialist up to date so that your current license is not terminated too soon. As you move into your new location you need to make sure that all family child care home requirements are met so that when a visit is made to assess it, there will be no delays in processing your license. If you have questions about certain aspects of the new location, ask your specialist prior to your move.
- Who needs an annual tuberculosis screening?
All family members including provider and assistants require the annual TB screening. We can request an additional test if there are specific concerns about a provider’s health. If you use volunteers or have visitors to your home for extended periods they too must obtain a TB screening before coming in contact with children.
- What do I do to close a family day care home?
If you want to close your family child care home you must provide parents 30-days written notice of your intent to close. Additionally, you must provide your licensing specialist a written letter with your final program date. Within 48-hours of closing your program, you must surrender your original license along with any materials and equipment borrowed from the Home-Based Childcare Network Office.