Thanks yeah I am fully aware that we'll get more scrutiny. Like we're doing this together with my wife who is Chinese but I still expect it.
Having said that I have zero intentions of doing any shady or cutting corners etc. Sure, we might not make as much money as the other schools but who cares. I'll be happy to simply have a school that works for the children, pays me well as its employee and runs properly.
Honestly, this actually all works out for us as we are not trying to make a fake school that looks nice but is absolutely shit inside or takes people's money and runs away. I'm doing this precisely because I've been to too many of those schools and was really frustrated with the system and what they were doing.
I might be a bit naive but I do believe you can make money and still provide proper, quality education to the kids where the children actually come first. A place that is not just for show but actually works and can help nurture the children.
So right now we're still working out kinks, getting business plans, curriculum plans etc ready and then in the new year the whole big process starts real time. Personally, I think once you've got everything in order, you can show where you're getting your experience, expertise, certifications etc and you obey by the rules it should be fine. It's just that so many people take shortcuts.
We actually have a car so I think travel wouldn't be too much of a problem. I fear if we move to the north while the family is obviously in the south of the city it might not be the best first move.
To be honest we're still only in the opening stages of the process but from my understanding the Kunming government is a little bit more open to international kindergartens that have a fully thought out international curriculum etc as there are not so many in Kunming. There is a bit of a guanxi involved as well, otherwise I wouldn't have known this information
Thank you all for your feedback. It seems the Aegean mall area seems to be the right fit after all. I was just afraid it was far off from the city center which meant that it was more reclusive since I like the busier city life (not night-life mind you).
From all of your feedback I would say I'm pretty certain to look for a place around there for our flat and for our kindergarten as well. Honestly I was thinking about that area for a kindergarten for a long time since from my experience there were quite a lot of new compounds there which would suggest a high-middle class living over there. We'll start off small anyway so we don't need to attract 100 kids straight away so having other kindergartens around the area shouldn't be a problem especially since, from my research, they mostly do not provide foreign curricula or even a western teacher in the class all the time.
Thanks for all your advice guys. Having a Hema supermarket close is a super nice thing, I've been using them here in Shanghai and they're just way too convenient.
We have our own car so getting around should not be a problem though personally I am a kind of a person who loves the metro but right now from what I've seen Kunming's metro is still in the developing stages.
We are coming back to set up our own kindergarten so maybe that area having lots of teachers might not be too bad. I would be a little bit concerned about no western food though as that is something I did get used to in Shanghai (though I do love Chinese food too, but it's nice to have a western meal close by once in a while).
Apart from the Aegan mall,
are there any other areas that you would recommened?