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I'd say your concerns are well placed. If you can, I'd seek to postpone the course now, as finding a job whilst you are training is far easier. I think this is where you are leaning. See if someone has done similar.
By the way, although not strictly legal, it would be near impossible to find employment with an impending maternity leave, too. Nor would you want to, for your NQT year, I imagine!
I was in your position, with a 4 year old. Found out I was pregnant. I kept with it, had son on 12th August. My school were amazing (though there were 5 of us pregannat and due at the same time!). IIt was worth carrying on til the end with if you can get the support. I stayed off until the Jan and got a job share 3 days a week with someone else returning from maternity.
It was really hard work, and so tiring at time, but I had also fell pregnant during my 2nd year of Uni and carried on then so wasnt going to let it beat me this time! Support is vital.
Your situation would be up there as one of my worst nightmares! My daughter is 2 next month. We'd love another but I want to finish the PGCE and get a job, and then stay in the job for at least a year, lest risk being a right cow (just being employed then asking for maternity!).
Its a ***, but I'm really quite jealous!
My final placement ended in mid-June, so you might not be too heavily pregnant for your final placement. I can see why you have concerns, particularly about your employment prospects, but I think the best thing you can do is to carry on. If you're finding the course quite hard work with a 4 and 5 year old, I can only imagine it will be much harder with a third, younger child, so if you take a break now then it could be years before you feel up to continuing. By finishing the course and gaining QTS you will be making it easier on yourself to pick up teaching again when the time is right, and you can look to completing your NQT year gradually through part-time teaching or supply work, if a full time job doesn't appeal/isn't available. The gap on your CV is easily explainable, and you could always volunteer as a parent helper at your children's school to keep your hand in teaching.
This is a priceless information.I am in same situation now when the course only ends in june but am due I am due in july.I also did the same in 3rd year of uni. I am really determined to carry on and was worried about schools turning up thier noses at me.Your reply has given me so much confidence thanks.
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