Caring for children in their early years is easily one of the most rewarding aspects and elements of being a parent. It can also be a richly rewarding career especially when you consider families where both of the parents are working. These parents not only need their child to be safe and secure when they are away from them, they need to know that the childcare provider is qualified and trustworthy where the care of their children is concerned.Interestingly enough, in many cases, one of the working parents may be financially able to leave their careers to become childcare providers. The dual benefit with this is that the child has one of the parents with them all day long and that parent can make a career out of being a childcare provider and realize a good income in the process. Surprisingly, you can obtain the childcare training you need in a short period of time.How to obtain childcare trainingAnytime you are considering changing careers, you are always going to have to do some soul searching. This is also true where preparing for and getting childcare training is concerned. You never want to make this type of a decision lightly nor do you want to enter the childcare industry blindly or untrained. Granted, there are numerous liabilities involved. However, as important as education and training is, having the personality to handle a career in this field is just as critical as an other.First and foremost, preliminary childcare training can be acquired by working for a childcare facility or provider that is accredited and licensed to do so. The primary entities are day care facilities, family daycare that is home-based, and nursery schools.Prepare yourself to attend childcare training classes and earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. You can typically find these 6 to 12-class courses at your local community college, some of which are electives while others are required or what are referred to as core classes. Many of these classes can be taken so you don’t have to adjust your career work schedule. After all, you probably won’t want your work associates and bosses training for a new career.You will have to be licensed by your city, county, or state governments – maybe as many as all of these. If your local community college does not offer childcare training, they may have information that is useful. Otherwise, consider contacting your state Department of Education for direction and information.If possible, don’t stop with obtaining your CDA (see above) and considering attending college courses to further your education and training. Childcare continues to evolve into a highly personalized career field. As a result, responsible jobs in this field involve greater educational requirements and there only going to keep getting more intense as time passes. The bottom line is that you start your career as well educated, informed, and trained as is humanly possible. With the uncertainty of our economy, this could be your “Plan B”.