In regards to "Enrolment strain for kindergarten", September 15, I don't think that the enrolment process is a strain or that "people are not yet familiar" with the system (Des Hudson's words).
How is a centralised enrolment system improving things when children are missing out?
I put in an enrolment form to the City of Ballarat and received a letter on August 10 saying that the four-year-old had not got into the kinder of choice.
On September 6 I received a letter saying "Due to overwhelming demand for places in participating Centralised Enrolment Kindergartens, there is not currently a vacancy for your child."
Personally, I don't think it matters what system is in place so long as children have access to kinder.
If children do not have a place, the system is not working.
By the way, it is not enough to give children a place to any kinder as some families do not have access to a car and/or have to drop children at their neighbouring schools as well as kinder. I have heard of families with their three-year-old at one kinder and the four-year-old at another.
It can't be that difficult to put the interests of our children first.