Canberra saw the largest rise in children attending daycare services in Australia in the past year, but early education providers say they can deal with the growing demand.
The number of children regularly attending childcare in the ACT has risen by 7.3 per cent since 2011 according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.
In comparison, childcare attendance rose by only 2.8 per cent in NSW and 3.3 per cent in Victoria, while the national average for states and territories was 4.9 per cent.
Statistics show about 33,300 Canberra children usually attend some form of childcare during the week, 20,800 of whom use formal care services provided by public and private groups.
ACT Association of Community Child Care Directors convener Vivienne Gould said due to a large number of new childcare facilities opening, many were not operating at full capacity.
"Some of it is around the government being very quick to release land to help build centres [and] I think we have a lot of centres in new growth areas such as Gungahlin," she said.
Ms Gould said the spread of children in childcare centres was a little uneven across the territory.
"Families are particular about where they'd like to send their children," she said.
"We might have a huge growth in childcare centres popping up but families would like to be near where they work and near where they live.
"Some pockets are going to be very full and it will be hard for people to access childcare in those areas."
But Ms Gould said there would be enough centres to pick up any increase in demand. "There are services that aren't working at capacity that could be," she said.
Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said in the past decade the ACT government had added more than 10,000 childcare places in the ACT.
"Certainly there is some lumpiness in the services, some services would have high occupancy and long waiting lists, and other services may not have that level of demand," she said.