It’s hard to know what childcare availability is like in your Canberra suburb, but would you believe in some areas parents are struggling to find childcare while other suburbs actually have too many childcare vacancies. We’ve found the three suburbs in Canberra where you’re currently most likely to find available childcare. Find out where and how you can make the most out of this current childcare oversupply.

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If your family currently lives around Forrest, Bruce, and Red Hill, great news, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from! With this buffet of options, you’ll most likely want to spent time on researching the best childcare centre for your family. Every childcare centre can be different in terms of size, daily fee, and facilities. You’ll want to compare the centres so you can find one that suits your family needs best. You’ll be able to do this quickly and easily on, where you can see a list of all childcare centres in your area, shortlist the ones you like the most, and apply to visit those centres.


Located in close proximity to Capital Hill, Forrest is one of the most exclusive residences in Canberra. The suburb is sought-after for its top-quality cafes, restaurants and also a number of closeby schools, including Forrest Primary. On top of that, there are plenty of childcare centres to choose from. The average cost of childcare in Forrest is $108.80 per day.

Red Hill

Another suburb that’s currently overflowing with childcare vacancies is Forrest’s neighbour suburb, Red Hill. Also situated in the inner-south of Canberra, Red Hillis a wonderful suburb filled with beautiful parks, excellent schools, and a wide selection of childcare centres. Red Hill childcare centres’ average daily fee at the moment is around $108.80.


Bruce is part of Belconnen district of Canberra, approximately 6 kilometres north-west from the city centre. With Canberra Stadium, Australian Institute of Sport and a number of top Universities such as University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology located in the suburb, Bruce is Canberra’s hub for sports and education. There’s also an abundance of childcare centres in Bruce, all of which on average cost $114.92 per day.

Other suburbs in Canberra that currently also have childcare oversupply are Gungahlin, Macarthur, Deakin, Dickson, Nicholls, and Oxley.

If you don’t reside around Forrest, Bruce, or Red Hill; don’t be disheartened, this childcare surplus might still work in your favour. Your workplace might be close to one of these suburbs, or you might travel past one of these suburbs on your day-to-day commute to and from work. If that’s the case, you may consider looking in one of these locations. Some parents actually prefer having childcare near their workplace as it allows them to do an earlier childcare pick-up.

If you’re not sure which childcare centres currently have availablity, head to now to search and find available childcare in your preferred Canberra suburb.

Unsure if you want childcare closer to home or work? Kaisu had the same question and Childcare Near Me helped her find the right centre to suit her needs.