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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calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgChildcare Survey - Colac Otway Shire

The Colac Otway Shire Council is doing a shire-wide survey to better understand what our local level of demand is for childcare.

The data gathered, which is anonymous and non-identifiable, will help Council with future planning and advocacy to the government and private sector.

It should take only a few minutes to complete:

We encourage you to fill it out.

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calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgColac Early Childhood Workforce Expo - Working in the Early Childhood Sector

Colac Otway Shire is working in partnership with the Department of Education to inform the public about the benefits of working in the Early Childhood sector and to discover what incentives, scholarships and training possibilities there are to become involved.

If you are seeking employment in Early Childhood and would like to how you can be supported through these incentives please contact the Department of Education at




calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgParenting Forum - Happy and Thriving Families - Tuesday 12th September 2023 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Parenting author Lou Harvey-Zahra will be presenting in person at this years Parenting Forum at COPACC about understanding your child and transforming common behaviours to create happy and thriving children and a harmonious household.

The event is free to attend, to book your ticket go to

This event is sponsored by Colac Otway and Corangamite Child and Family Services Alliance.

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calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgChildren's Week - Read, Talk, Play Everyday   

Children’s Week is on again!!

Colac Otway Shire in partnership with Meli, Colac Area Health and Department of Education have organised fun activities for children and their families to enjoy. 

The event is to celebrate children and highlight the importance of every child’s right to a standard of living that supports their well-being 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 26th October between 10am and 2pm location yet to be determined  

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calendar-icon-vector-flat-symbol-illustration-164304880.jpgIntake for 2024 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 2024. Visit Council’s website at Colac Otway Shire Kindergartens to find a kinder program that is right for you.

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