Vivienne Durham: It’s wise to think ahead, so check with each school to avoid a rush
First of all, congratulations. This is an exciting but bewildering time and it’s good to be prepared.
To a certain extent, your friends are right. Places at some pre-prep schools are so keenly sought, particularly for boys, that registering within 24 hours or so of the birth is essential – and even this will not guarantee a place.
Some of the most selective independent prep and pre-prep schools in central London advise registering your child at birth, because they are so popular. It seems mad, but a day or two can matter.