The Lawrence Government's voluntary full time pre-primary program looks set to be a run-away success with strong demand for places.
Education Minister Kay Hallahan today said nearly 9,000 enrolment applications had poured in from around the State.
But full-time places would only be available to 7,500 five-year-olds in 1993 as the first phase of the three-year introduction of the program.
A further 14,000 five-year-olds would remain in part-time pre-primary programs next year.
Mrs Hallahan said the program was so popular that hundreds of parents had applied for places in schools outside their area.
"Schools offering full-time places will give preference to local children," she said.
"Demand has been particularly strong in the growth areas of Middle Swan, Yangebup, Joondalup and Wanneroo."
More than 230 schools will offer the full-time program next year. Planning was underway for all schools to offer the program by 1995.