Family & Children's Services News

Welcome to the Family and Children's Services news page. Keep up to date with what's going on in the Colac Otway Shire for families with young children.


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Please note, the Children's Week event has been postponed from Thursday 27 October to Thursday 24 November due to wet weather. 

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Children’s Week in the Botanical Garden’s is on again!!

Colac Otway Shire in partnership with Barwon Child Youth and Family, Colac Area Health and Department of Education & Training have organised fun activities for children and their families to enjoy in the beautiful surrounding of our very own Botanical Garden’s.

The event is to celebrate children and highlight the importance of every child’s right to a standard of living that supports their wellbeing and healthy development.

Children of all ages can enjoy getting up close and personal with a reptile, play a game or two, participate in a craft activity, listen to a story or have a dance with a cheeky pirate.

This free event will be held on Thursday 24 November between 10am and 2pm at Colac Botanical Gardens.  


calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgIntake for 2023 enrolments for 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten is open

“It’s Kindergarten enrolment time”

Do you have a child who will eligible to participate in a funded kinder program next year? Kindergartens & Long Day Care Centre’s who provide funded kinder programs are taking enrolments for 2023. Visit Council’s website at Colac Otway Shire Kindergartens to find a kinder program that is right for you.

Enrolments are being taken right across Colac Otway Shire for 3 and 4 year old funded kinder.jpg