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!
Meet Our Team
Melina is a local resident and has been living in Redland’s area for 8 years, with one teenage daughter, Madeleine. Melina started working with children 13 years ago when she started her own Family based Child Care service from home, before that she was working in retail, managing a store.
Melina has had extensive experience with working with children ranging from 6 months – 16 years and has a certificate 3 in child care services. As a Child Care educator, Melina has a strong personal appreciation of the value of education. Melina believes educational and purposeful activities are a crucial link in the building of foundations necessary to encourage individuals to aspire and achieve their personal best.
Melina now has strong experience in child care of children aged 6 months onwards, with a focus on providing fun, safe and educational experiences for children of all ages. She believes that all children deserve to feel safe and comfortable at all times whilst being engaged in fun, social and educational activities.
Melina possesses a valid First Aid certificate, with qualifications including Applying First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management, and Working with children Blue card.
She really enjoys engaging with children and their families, and is happy to give plenty of positive, constructive feedback about each child’s workshop experience!
Scott has been a Painter and decorator for 26 years, first starting a 4 year apprenticeship in 1988 studying Small Business Management and Painting & Decorating. In 2007 he started his own Painting business and in 2009 he studied a Certificate III and Certificate IV in health and fitness and became a Personal Trainer. In 2010 he opened his own Personal Trainer studio from home.
Scott has worked with an extensive variety of people in health and fitness ranging from children to elders. Scott is always patient and level-headed and has a strong appreciation for education and fun. Having a daughter of his own, Scott knows the importance of education and wants to make children enjoy themselves while also learning something new.
Scott possesses a valid first aid certificate, with qualifications including Applying First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management, and Working with children Blue card.
In April 2015 Scott and Melina founded BRICKS 4 KIDZ® in Redlands and is now working to establish and grow the business in the Brisbane area.
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.