After a brief search on the net The only reference to a synthesis was that p-aminophenol and chloroacetic acid were allowed to react in a solvent. I assume that the solvent is not water. The solvent may have to be basic in nature to catalyse the reaction.
Since you have no experience in chemical synthesis I would strongly suggest that you do not attempt to make this chemical. If the solvent is the one I am thinking about then it is particularly nasty to work with.
So many photographers seem to be ignorant of the lesson of the marketplace. The reason why Glycin and other older developing agents are no longer used is that they did not provide an advantage to counter their increased cost.