-- Play equipment is available in a fenced-in backyard at Hampton Academy.
Andrea Boyd has found a way to pursue both of her career interests -- working with children and practicing law -- through her recently opened childcare center, Hampton Academy. The Henry County resident, along with her business partner, Conyers resident Kathy Bell, operate the center, located in the heart of Olde Town Conyers at 939 Bank St. in a renovated home.
A paralegal, Boyd is in her last year at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and she intends to practice childcare law in Conyers. She also holds an early childhood education degree. Bell is also a paralegal and she holds a degree in secondary education.
"We merged our two passions for childcare and law together," said Boyd, who added that the business has been in the planning stages for four years.
Hampton Academy offers full-time, part-time, drop-in and before/after school care. Boyd describes the business as a "boutique chid care learning center."
"What we're focusing on is that we are a boutique center, small and intimate, for the people who kind of want their kids in a home environment but still want the strict rules of a center," Boyd said.
Hampton is designed to serve 40 students, ages 6 weeks through 12 years.
The daycare features individual rooms for: infants, 18- to 23-month-olds, 2-year-olds, 3- and 4-year-olds, and school-age children, complete with age-appropriate learning materials and toys. There is also a fenced-in backyard with play equipment.
The center employs five teachers and one assistant director. All teachers have their child development associates degree or over five years of experience working in the childcare industry and are earning their early childhood education degrees.
Hampton Academy's state-approved curriculum focuses on learning through play, and children follow a specific schedule of activities each day.
Two-and-3-year-olds are taught Spanish once a week, which is reinforced during the week by a bilingual staff member.
"That's one of the highlights of our program," Boyd said.Another unique part of Hampton Academy is the Kids Under Construction program, offered two Saturdays each month. For $5, kids learn how to prepare a healthy snack and participate in exercise for 20 minutes.
Hampton Learning Academy operates from 6:30 a.m. To 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost ranges from $99 to $140 per week, depending on the age of the child and the length of time the child stays.
Located just steps from the Rockdale County Courthouse, Hampton Academy also offers drop-in services for parents serving jury duty.
The center is also an option for parents who need childcare during the upcoming school winter break. The cost for a school-age child during that time is $99 per week.
For more information, call 770-483-8844, visit www.myhamptonacademy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.