Boy playing with transport toys

For current information regarding kindergarten closures due to coronavirus Covid-19 please contact your kindergarten directly.

Additional information regarding Colac Otway Shire's services and facilities can be found at Council's Coronavirus - Information for the Community page.

Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child’s development in the following key areas:

  • social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
  • self-awareness and respect for others
  • emotional skills, for example understanding their feelings
  • language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
  • a joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other children their own age
  • ability to make new friends
  • exposure to new ideas and concepts.

Kindergarten also provides families with access to:

  • support and assistance for children with special needs
  • resources and links to community support services.

There is a wide range of kindergarten programs for three and four year olds and and their families across Colac Otway Shire.

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Kindergarten enrolments

Enrolments for Colac East, Winifred Nance & Wydinia Kindergartens are taken by Barwon Child, Youth & Family Services, Bromfield Street Colac. Barwon Child, Youth & Family Services can be contacted on (03) 5231 4740 or visit the Barwon Child, Youth & Family Services website

All other kindergartens in the Colac Otway Shire take their own enrolments and families are advised to contact these kindergartens directly. Please see the table below for details.


Contact details for kindergartens in the Colac Otway Shire






Apex Kindergarten

7 Howarth Street, Elliminyt



Apollo Bay Preschool

35 McLachlan St, Apollo Bay



Birregurra PreSchool Centre Inc.

95 Main Street, Birregurra



Colac East Kindergarten

1 Polwarth Street, Colac




Coragulac & District Kindergarten
(Formerly Alvie Kindergarten)

Corangamite Lake Road, Coragulac  52331436

Forrest Preschool

10 Grant Street, Forrest



Lavers Hill & District Preschool

P-12 College, 5 College Drive, Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill



Millville Childcare Centre

23 Hart Street, Colac



The Cubby House

91-97 Pound Road, Colac



Winifred Nance Kindergarten

5 Gilmartin Street, Colac



Wydinia Kindergarten

19 Dunoon Street, Colac