I recently started contracting as a software developer. After some difficulty I have signed my first contract which is due to start soon, for an initial 3 months. I have decided that in another 6-7 months (at the start of the new school year) that I wish to try home-schooling.
Problem is, I need the contract to extend but only for another 3 months, totaling 6 months. When discussion of the extension comes (and if it comes) I'd rather not say "Oh, I only want another 3 months because after that I'll try and home-school for a year...", I feel that will most likely make the employer uneasy and decide not to extend my contract, not even for an extra 3 months.
So the question is, how do I say I want to extend only for 3 months in the best possible way?
This is in the UK, where it is legal to home-school from day one. I applied for an advertised contract job and was accepted, at a company which has other contractors and potentially work much beyond the 3 month mark.
Or... would it be better to accept the 6 month extension (if that was to happen) then resign after 3 months, serving the notice period. Would that put me in a worse light? I'd prefer to keep a good relationship with the employer.