East Victoria Park Primary School parents and local MP Ben Wyatt say the Education Department has mishandled the introduction of compulsory pre-primary schooling.
Parents of 45 East Victoria Park students were last month given two weeks to enrol in another school after being told their children would not have a place next year.
Michelle Colthart, whose son Austin is a pre-primary student at East Victoria Park, said the late notice had made life difficult for families and the school.
"We just got the letters, so now we're telling our kids and scrambling to make other arrangements," she said. "It's not the school's fault, we love our school.
"Our beef is with the way the department has gone about this. It doesn't seem like much planning went into the transition or lowering the impact on the community."
But Education Department director-general Sharyn O'Neill said parents were told last year that children from the school's local intake area would have priority.
"Every pre-primary student is guaranteed a place at their local public school, which is something that has never been done before," she said. "To ensure a place for every local student, schools need to follow the department's long-standing enrolment policy."
Mr Wyatt, MLA for Victoria Park, said regardless of the local intake policy, families had not received reasonable notice.
"I think most parents understand the rules about boundaries and local intake areas," he said.
"I'm led to believe this is partly a result of compulsory pre-primary schooling."It could have been handled a lot better. The department knew this was coming and should have been more prepared."
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