More and more parents picking nurseries with "strong links" to their favoured primary school in the hopes it will secure a place for their child, according to a poll.
Parenting website Netmums found competition for primary school places has become even more fierce, with some parents thinking about which school to send their child to as soon as pregnancy starts.
It suggests that applying for a primary place is a tough task for many families, with almost half (43.9%) of the more than 1,000 people questioned saying they found it stressful.
Hundreds of thousands of families across England are today discovering which infant school their child will attend from this September in the first ever primary National Offer Day.
The plan was for a good school, but 4-year-old Lily Hurst and her family lost out on all of their choices, including a school 400 yards away
Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.
A guide to what you can do if your child doesn't get a place at your chosen primary school.