rmrichesjr wrote:When I mentioned this thread to my wife, she informed me of an issue I had not thought of. If a child is moved into sunbeams prior to turning age 3, then a decision must be made the next year whether to flunk the child and have him/her repeat sunbeams or keep moving the child ahead. My wife pointed out that this will cause awkwardness during the year the rest of the children in the class turn 8 and get baptized.
Another possible issue could come up if the child's family moves or ward leadership changes such that new leadership is more strict about following the birthday-based guidelines.
(Sorry to take the thread away from technology.)
Then that's the choice: two years as a Sunbeam, or staying in Nursery until almost four. In one ward I was in, the Primary president's daughter was in the latter option by default, and didn't want to go to Sunbeams because she was having such a good time in Nursery. So when my sister was in the same situation that year, the Primary president gave my parents the first option, and they took it. (She was already in the "older" nursery.)
Sure, as far as the quarterly report is concerned, such children are in Nursery until that second year, but what happens on the ground should be what's best for the child.