My child-minder will only pick up from certain nurseries and schools, in her immediate area. It depends what she can manage and where her other mindees need her to pick them up from. I think you might struggle to find a childminder who could pick up all three, if there is some distance between them.
Sorry if this is a bit of a drip feed but eldest child is actually DSC who lives with us half the week. So no option to move schools because current school is where DSC's mum lives and where we used to live. Since we were the ones who decided to move further away it doesn't feel like a conversation we could have really.
Feeling really stuck. I'm worried the cost of getting someone to do that school run and wrap around for half the week is going to negate my earnings.
Do you want to go back full time? Could you look at part time in the half of the week you have dsd? Do you plan on using a more local school for the 2 youngest? If so I would look into longer term childcare like a childminder close to preferred school.
If the children are over 2 would a competent au pair work? I had one several years ago that drove and easily managed three kids. She was a gpdsend! Don't discount au pairs just because they are younger