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Is childcare still a property investors' playground?

In the wake of huge growth during the pandemic, is childcare experiencing growing pains or coming out top of the class among prospective property investment options?

Abacus, blocks and toys in busy childcare centre
A child's abacus was probably enough to calculate if a childcare business model stacked up in the past but investors now need to be more discerning. (Image source:

Like kids in a major supermarket chain’s processed food aisle, childcare centres have become a favourite toy of excitable property investors.

Over the past decade the sector has experienced strong growth, as individual investors were joined by throngs of funds, syndicates and larger organised investor groups seeking to benefit from a shortage of childcare places, government incentives and subsidies and a seemingly endless source of new customers.…

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