Boy playing with transport toys


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

Kindergartens & Childcare Centres across Colac Otway Shire are now taking enrolments for 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten for the 2025 year.

Contact your preferred Kindergarten directly to enquire about their enrolment process.

Enrolments for Colac East, Winifred Nance & Wydinia Kindergartens are taken by Meli Kindergarten Services, they can be contacted on (03) 52730200 or visit the Meli Kindergarten's website

Nido Early School (formally known as The Cubby House), Creative Minds Early Years, Little Tikes Early Learning and Millville Childcare Centre are Long Day Care Centre's that provide a 3 year old and 4 year old Kindergarten program you can contact directly details are listed below. 

Apollo Bay Kindergarten's enrolments are managed by One Tree Community Services and they can be contact on 1800 919 995 or visit their website  One Tree Community Services

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


Contact details for kindergarten programs in the Colac Otway Shire





Apex Kindergarten

7 Howarth Street, Elliminyt


  Apex Kindergarten Website

Apollo Bay Kindergarten

24 Ramsden Avenue, Apollo Bay


Apollo Bay Kindergarten Website 

Birregurra PreSchool Centre Inc.

95 Main Street, Birregurra


Birregurra Kindergarten Website 

Colac East Kindergarten

1 Polwarth Street, Colac


Meli Kindergartens

Coragulac & District Kindergarten
(Formerly Alvie Kindergarten)

Corangamite Lake Road, Coragulac  52331436

Coragulac & District Kindergarten Facebook page

 Creative Minds Early Years 49 Cants Road Colac 03-42238003


Forrest Preschool

10 Grant Street, Forrest


Forrest Primary School Website - Forrest Kindergarten 

Lavers Hill & District Preschool

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

5237 3213

Lavers Hill P12 College Website - Lavers Hill Kindergarten 

Little Tikes Early Learning  218 Sinclair Street, South Elliminyt  52316539

Little Tikes Early Learning

Millville Childcare Centre

23 Hart Street, Colac


Millville Childcare Centre Website 

Nido Early School (formally The Cubby House)

91-97 Pound Road, Colac


Nido Early School - Colac

Winifred Nance Kindergarten

5 Gilmartin Street, Colac


 Meli Kindergartens

Wydinia Kindergarten

19 Dunoon Street, Colac


Meli Kindergartens 


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