Families in the South East are having to drive up to 80 miles a week just to get their children to primary school because all their local schools are full.
Nearly 12,000 places are needed to fill around 400 extra classrooms within the next four years because of rising birth rates and the high number of people moving to the region.
With the school term now in full swing the real impact of the crisis is being felt and many parents are criticising education bosses for failing to plan properly.
They include a mother from Kent who is now having to spend more than £50 a month taking her four-year-old daughter to her new classroom.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has the story.