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.
Who leads the team on the Sunshine Coast?
Gavin studied Communications at Southampton Solent University in the UK with his early career spent working in London for Credit Suisse and Sun Life of Canada Asset Management. In 2005 following a year travelling Australia, Gavin and his wife decided to emigrate to the Sunshine Coast.
Following almost a decade of commuting to Brisbane to work for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Toll Mining Logistics, Gavin has finally achieved his aim of both living and working in Paradise.
In October 2014 Gavin founded The Kragle Creative, the first franchise for BRICKS 4 KIDZ® in Queensland and is now working to establish and grow the business on the Sunshine Coast.
Gavin’s Working With Children Check (Blue Card) number is 536624/2. Gavin also has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
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.