About Us

The BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model was founded by Michelle Cote in St. Augustine, Florida. Michelle started an after-school Spanish class (outside the school system). In the spring of 2008 while filling out the forms to become a “School Board Vendor,” teaching Spanish at the school the following school year, Michelle noticed a category on the form for “creative science.” Her son loves to play with LEGO® bricks, and she thought to herself, “Maybe I could lead a creative science LEGO® class too”.  Michelle was awarded the bid for both the after-school Spanish and the creative science LEGO® class.  That summer Michelle advertised a Spanish camp and a LEGO® camp.  She had three children sign up for the Spanish camp, but 35 children signed up for the LEGO® camp!

After seeing the excitement over the LEGO® bricks, Michelle decided to go with the LEGO® after-school class – and it took off. Michelle found herself at three different primary schools with an average of 20 students in each class every week. Now Michelle does over 20 after-school classes a week, plus school incursions, programs during the school holidays and bunches of birthday parties every weekend!

Today BRICKS 4 KIDZ® has over 600 locations in 35 countries. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® is a Child Safe Child Friendly organisation and our number one priority in any activity is the safety of children under our supervision.  Our Child Safe Child Friendly policy is available here for download.

 

 

Who is the team in Springfield?

Penny Blak (Dip Teach(Primary) GradDipLin

Penny completed her Teaching Degree at USQ in 1992 and has taught in various schools throughout Queensland.

She currently teaches at UQ.  Penny also has a Librarianship Degree from QUT and has worked as a librarian for many years.

Recently Penny co-founded Bricks 4 Kidz®, Springfield, and is now working to establish and grow the business in this part of the world. Penny is committed to the success of Australia’s second BRICKS 4 KIDZ® territory and flagship Education and Creativity Centre, and is dedicated to growing the brand in Australia.

Penny’s Working With Children Check number is; Blue Card QLD: 1199720 and WWC NSW: WWCC0928152V.  Penny has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Carlo Blak Toolmaker, Marine Engineer, Certificate in Training and Development, Engineering design 3D.

Carlo completed his Marine Engineering in 1988. Supported a various companies in south east Queensland over the years through the Family owned company Blak design.

Recently Carlo co-founded Bricks 4 Kidz®, Springfield, and is now working to establish and grow the business in this part of the world.  Carlo is committed to the success of Australia’s second BRICKS 4 KIDZ® territory and flagship Education and Creativity Centre, and is dedicated to growing the brand in Australia.

Carlo’s Working With Children Check number is; Blue Card QLD: 1456997 and WWC NSW: WWC0928157V.  Carlo has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

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