Don’t get me wrong I understand why schools etc need to put zoning in place but there should be ways around it.

My girls are currently with out a Kindy as al the ones we want to attend are zoned. We own a shop on the other side of town to where we live and therefor we want our girls to attend kindy near our work. Because we dont live in the area we have been denied.

We spend 6 days a week in the area, from 7.30 am to 6 pm, 6 days a week we are a stones throw from these places but because we travel 30 minutes home each night we are shut out.

How can these places say no to families who clearly spend more time near them than their homes.

It is so frustrating.

Posted by kgbrunsden, 13th June 2014

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  • just so good


  • yes it can make this difficult for some people.


  • I totally agree. We had the issue of Nana needing to pick up 3 lots of kids from 3 schools due to zoning… we all wanted our kids to attend the same school; but it wasn’t a good enough reason :(


  • i ike these stories


  • great


  • Oh yes that’s frustrating. I’ve always chosen to go close to home so friends are close etc but I can see how being close to work would be useful for you. It’s a pity they dont take work locations into consideration too.


  • Our school is zoned but that only comes into affect if there are more pupils than vacancies.


  • I would just keep at them and see if you can slip in. Don’t give up.


  • I feel for you I was lucky that I got my first choice and he was happy


  • This happened to us once, a new school built that we really wanted our DD to attend and at the time it wasn’t zoned, became so popular they ended up zoning it and by the time DD was old enough to attend we missed out by a few streets, some people got around the issue by giving friends or relatives addresses that lived in the correct zone, that come undone and then they demanded proof of residency – rates notice, lease agreement.


  • Doesn’t make sense. There should be exceptions in situations like yours. Can you use the shop address as the address for applying? While I don’t necessarily condone it, I know that some families use other addresses to get their kids into the schools they want to get them into.

    • Sadly no . As they need proof of address ie bills etc so we cant fudge it that way either :(


  • That is really annoying. Could you approach the schools and let them know your situation personally?

    • Its kindy at this stage and yeah have done. All have said sorry cant help. One has said if she doesnt fill up she will have us on a standby list but I dont hold out much hope. Its crazy because my kids are enrolled in the primary school no drama, not zoned…. but kindy nup!


  • When my son started school I had never heard of zoning. Moved last yr and he started at one school only to be bullied. When I decided to change his school term 4 last yr I headed to the next closest school only to be asked my address and told to wait as they checked if I was in the zoning area. The school is 1km away and I was told yes you just make it. Luckily as I wanted the best for my son. Now because of this zoning if I want him to stay at this school I have to be choose to stay in a run down leaky house or try find another house in the zone. As zone children get first preference.


  • I also do not understand this as when my kids went to school it was not around and things worked fine. I can not get my head around it. So if you live in an area with a school that has a very bad rap you no longer have the choice not to send your child there as you want better for them but instead are really forced to send them. I can not understand the need for it and to also take away the parents choice as to where they would like their children to go to be educated. The old system was never broken so why did they change it. They should look at things like in your case where you are during school hours.


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