Parents in the Harborough district are being urged to make sure they apply for infant or primary school places before the closing date next month.
Leicestershire County Council is reminding parents that if their child is four-years-old before September 1, 2015, they need to apply for school places before the deadline of January 15.
“Starting school is not automatic and all parents need to apply,” a county council spokesman said.
And the process is the same for a local authority-run 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 in their catchment area. To find out more, visit www.leics.gov.uk/admissions or telephone 0116 305 6684.