The Origins of Bricks 4 Kidz
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 loved 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.
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Bridget completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources Management from the University of Southern Queensland in 1998. Bridget was invited to perform academic research for the Department of HRM at the University, leading to the opportunity to research, write and deliver course materials and tutorials for University students.
In 2000, Bridget took up a training role for end-users of a HR Information System in Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra. Bridget then took up the National HR Manager’s role for a global company. After looking for some time for the right business opportunity, Bridget was drawn to the Bricks 4 Kidz business concept. The opportunity to engage with children and parents in a fun, engaging environment while learning life-long skills is very rewarding.
Bridget’s Working With Children Check number is 1002169/2. Bridget has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).