Cape Town woman Tessa Brand has been battling to secure placement for a six-year-old near her home in the city centre.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) announced earlier this year that the deadline for applications was March 11.
Schools in the province then notified parents about the outcome of their applications by June.
Parents who have not managed to secure places must contact their nearest district office, advises the WCED.
John Maytham explains the WCED policy below: