Child care in Canberra (Suburb Profile)

6+ childcare centre's found in Canberra and another 20 centres in adjoining suburbs of Fyshwick, Turner, Campbell,Red Hill, Reid, Braddon, Acton, Ainslie and Parkes


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Childcare Canberra

The capital of Australia is mostly known for politics and business, but it is also a great place to raise a family. Although a major thriving business city, Canberra and its surrounding suburbs make an ideal place to call home. There are many long day care centres and child care centres that are convenient and accessible for families.

Whether you are looking for long day care in Canberra or casual care, there are many council run Child Care centres as well as privately owned businesses. Canberra has a great public transport network as well as ample parking so you can easily get to a Child Care centre. A great thing that makes Canberra family friendly is there outdoor spaces, recreational parks, and family friendly parks. From the Australian National Botanic Gardens to the Corroboree Park, there are plenty of spaces for fresh air and family fun when the kids aren’t in day care.

Canberra's suburb of Fyshwick, has the unique children's center providing day care for seriously ill children . Moreover, Canberra is well equipped with hospitals and doctor facilities in the case of emergencies. There are many 24 hour doctor clinics and hospitals that are accessible by public transport or car if your child gets unwell, including the Calvary John James Hospital and the Canberra Private Hospital.

Accessibility & Transportation

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is committed to providing an accessible bus service. Accessibility includes easy access to services for hearing, vision and mobility impaired users. For more information on accessability transport services please visit the ACT Government's Accessible travel portal.

Public transport can be a quick and convenient option for many trips. Canberra's public transport includes bus services and a new light rail service (under construction) . For more informtion on the transport options visit the the ACT Government's transport portal. The Canberra government encourges active transport which involves physical activity such as walking or riding a bike. Download the Canberra cycling map for more information

Child Care info

Canberra is a family friendly city offering various options for Child Care which include community or council based not for profit centres and private or commercial centres .

Canberra Child Care centres usually operate for children from 0-6 years of age. Beyond 5/6 years of age a child is expected to be at school and most school's provide after school care.

Long day care
0-6 years

Canberra Long Day Care centres aim to cater to working families by opening a minimum of 8-10 hours per day.

These centres offer child care and developmental programs including programs which preschools offer. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services

Pre school
3-6 years

Canberra Pre schools offer development programs for children usually between the ages of 3-6. Preference is given to children who are about to start school. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services.

Family day care
0-6 years

Canberra Family Day Care offers child care and developmental programs in the homes of registered carers. Each carer can care for up to 4- 5 children under school age. Each carer is registered with a family day care organization who oversee their quality and program and also help them obtain fee subsidies for families using their service.

Occasional care
0-6 years

Canberra Occasional care services are for parents who need short periods of child care for children under school age. They can be used regularly or irregularly while parents shop, attend appointments or take a break from parenting. Fee subsidies are available.

Childcare cost and government subsidy (Child Care Subsidy)

Childcare in Canberra can range from 60 dollars to 180 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, hours of operation , ownership type ,location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. Some centres encourage kids to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Subsidy. There are elegibility requirements to accessing the subsidy. For information on the subsidy visit the Child Care Subsidy blog.

For detaails on the new Child Care Subsidy scheme visit the education department's Child Care Package website.

National Quality Framework for Child Care

The NQF framework assesses childcare centres against seven quality parameters. It is important for parents to check the same before selecting a childcare for their child. For more information on the quality rating visit the National quality Framework site

Demand vs Supply

Demand for affordable childcare in Canberra outstrips the supply. Most community and council run child care centre's have a wait list. With new private commercial centres opening recently, childcare spots availability have improved.

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