About Us

Where did it all begin?

Kids Academy unofficially began in 1993 when owner, Scott Hookey built his first purpose built childcare centre is Sydney’s west at Glenmore Park, known as Hopscotch Child Care Centre. This was the first of a succession of centres which were to follow and in 2003, Scott developed the brand Kids Academy and all services to follow under his banner were part of the Kids Academy Group.

Over the past 20 years, Scott and his team have developed 12 services, two of which are currently managed and operated by the Kids Academy Group – Kids Academy Hope Island in Queensland and Exceed Early Education and Care in New South Wales.

Scott and Kids Academy are well reknowned for their state of the art designs, and an exceptional quality of care and education, having cared for over 2000 children since his vision came to life. Despite his own expertise in the field, Scott credits the success of the centres on his staff, whom he feels are the key to the provision of quality services….

“We are so fortunate to have an exceptional team of early educators, all of whom are so passionate, and have a genuine respect and love for the precious gift we have been given in sharing the early years of so many children and their families.”

Due to the size of our centres we felt it best to employ three Centre Directors to manage the centre co-operatively to ensure that the best attention is given to our children and their families.  In order to achieve this we have a Director for our 0-3 year old wing – Angi Kekena, a Director for our 3-5 year old wing – Tricia Low and a Director for our Before and After School Care and Vacation Care wing – Brittany Rand.


Our Management Team

Scott Hookey

Scott owns the centres and has been in the child care industry since opening his first centre in Glenmore Park in 1993. His role in the management team is in developing future sites and general business dealings, he does not deal directly with the day to day running of the centres but does, on a regular basis, receive centre management reports, providing feedback and general operational input.

Kids Academy Management Team

Amanda Grassby

Amanda is our General Manager and has worked with Scott since 2005. Amanda has been instrumental in the design and development of many centres in the past ten years, as well as overseeing all aspect of operations of our centres. Amanda has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from Newcastle University, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Amanda has over 25 years experience in teaching and managing early education centres. Amanda is also the CEO of Exceed Child Care Training, our registered Training organisation dedication to training and developing our next generation of educators and Managers in the field of Early Childhood.



Robyn Webb

Robyn has worked for the company since Scott opened his first centre in Glenmore Park in 1993. She began as the centre cook before becoming the Director and then moving into the Financial and Human Resources area of the company. Robyn is responsible for all things financial including payroll, budgets, account payments as well as human resource issues and policy and procedure development. Robyn holds a Diploma in Frontline Management and a Diploma of Accounting.