PARENTS of children approaching school age in Harborough district are being urged to apply for a place before the closing date.
Leicestershire County Council is reminding parents that if their child is four before September 1 2013, they need to apply for infant or primary places by Tuesday, January 15.
Starting school is not automatic and all parents need to apply.
The transfer process is the same for a local authority school or a recently-converted academy.
Late applicants will have the lowest priority and may not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools, or even their catchment area school, the council has warned.
The county council’s cabinet member for the children and young people’s service Ivan Ould said: “It is very important that all parents apply on time to give their children the best possible chance of being offered a place at their preferred school.
“If parents are late and there are a lot of requests, even if they live next door to the school, they are unlikely to get a place for their child.
“Applying online is easy, cost-effective and secure and by reducing stationery and postage costs, it also saves the council money.”
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on April 16.
Parents can also apply by post if they wish.
To find out more, go to the websiste www.leics.gov.uk/admissions or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0116 305 6684.