Hard to know without knowing actual hours you need. Could you give example hours, such as 8am to 1pm Mon and Tue. I feel your options could be quite limited, due to number of hours care required, unless all 10hrs could be on one day.
as nick said hard to tell until know when hours are on what days
as a general rule once you have got 2 or 3 children a nanny is often the cheaper option as they get paid by the hour and not by the child as a cm would and you dont have the hassle of getting 3 children to a cm house
an average cm might not have spaces for all your children as think they can only have 3 under 5
a nursery wouldn't be an option as their hours are less flxible. A lot of childminders charge by the hour and will give discounts for siblings but depending on your hours, might ask for a retainer to hold places open during the times you don't need them. CM's can only take 3 under 5's unless your eldest is in full time private nursery, then they're treated as an over 5 and it's b4/after school care. not sure how nannies work.
I don't think a nanny is viable, due to the low number of hours. If those hours all occur on one day, then that may be possible to recruit for - but with 10 hours spit over 3/4 days, then that results in very few hours per day in my view. I can't imagine a nanny would take it on. Nannies wages vary, but generally speaking as the employer you should be factoring in the cost of salary alone to be at least £10 per hour (gross), rising higher in major cities.
So to answer your question: Is this just a logistical nightmare? YES, sorry to say it is going to be a nightmare.
Do you know the fixed hours when you definitely need childcare?
I have same problem i think it's too difficult to organise unless you could arrange with another mum i think. I have 3 dc's 1 at school two not and did 22 hours. Bascially working to pay childcare ! Am having to give it up despite needing income desperately.I have no family to help out either have you ? Hope you can sort something out!
Mumnosbest, it is only when at school full time, not at daycare at all, ICP have it wrong, believe me friend got into quite a bit of trouble for being over her numbers ands the 4 year old was at a private nursery, there was no other kind here.
It really depends on what's available in your area.
Although the received wisdom is that a nanny is cheaper once you have 3 or more children, we found with 3 under 5 that it was still a LOT cheaper to use a combination of nursery and preschool/afterschool club. Our nursery was subsidised, a workplace one, but even for a private nursery it would still have been cheaper for us.