The BRICKS 4 KIDZ model was founded by Michelle Cote in St. Augustine, Florida. Michelle initially started an after-school Spanish class in the spring of 2008, and then thought to herself, “My son loves to play with LEGO® – maybe I could lead a creative science LEGO® after-school workshop too”. Michelle launched both the after-school Spanish class and the LEGO® workshop. She had three children sign up for the Spanish class, but 35 children signed up for the LEGO® workshop!
Today BRICKS 4 KIDZ has over 750 locations in 45 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 on Sydney’s North Shore?
Stacey commenced her Bachelor of Business degree at Wollongong University in 1996 whilst working with Accor Hotels. She moved swiftly into large event management roles with Accor and Starwood Hotels, and in 2000 had the opportunity of working intensely on the FIFA (World Soccer Federation) Olympic Program.
After relocating to Singapore in 2001, she jumped into project management with ABN AMRO in Singapore. In 2005, Stacey founded Mandalay Designs to produce, market and commission bespoke art pieces for clients all around the world.
Recently Stacey co-founded Bricoleur Ventures, the master franchisee for BRICKS 4 KIDZ® in Australia, and is now working to establish and grow the business in this part of the world. Stacey is committed to the success of Australia’s first BRICKS 4 KIDZ® territory and flagship Creativity Centre, and is dedicated to growing the brand in Australia.
Stacey’s Working With Children Check number is WWC0271146E. Stacey has the Education and Care First Aid qualification from St John Ambulance Australia, endorsed by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Hayley began her double degree course in the Bachelor of Education ( Early Childhood and Primary) at Macquarie University in 2010. Whilst studying she was given the opportunity to manage a fashion retail store located in the Inner West of Sydney. This role enabled Hayley to develop skills to becoming a successful sales consultant and a reliable manager to her staff and company.
In 2013, Hayley found commitment to education while working with a before and after school care company known as Camp Australia. It was during her role as a coordinator that she discovered the importance of play in children’s education. She is a strong advocate towards building programs enriched with hands on and interest based activities.
Recently Hayley began her new adventure with BRICKS 4 KIDZ as a centre manager. The company’s philosophy had inspired her to deliver holistic activities to stimulate children’s curiosity and creativity. Hayley displays a strong dedication towards making a positive impact into the succession of BRICKS 4 KIDZ in Australia.
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, INVOLVE me and I will learn.” Benjamin Franklin
Hayley’s Working with Children Check number is WWC0240278E. Hayley also has an Education and Care First Aid qualification, First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis as well as Emergency Management of Asthma in the workplace.
Ashleigh is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Arts (Modern History and English) at Macquarie University. At her university, Ashleigh is not only fostering her love of English and continuing her passion with history, but also studying the qualities and aspects of education and what it means to be a professional educator. In the future, Ashleigh plans to become a secondary teacher, hoping to continue her passion and share her love of history with her students. She also hopes to inspire her students as her secondary teachers did for her.
A love of LEGO® and an interest in childcare, led Ashleigh to apply to join the BRICKS 4 KIDZ team. She enjoys building strong relationships with the children she meets at BRICKS 4 KIDZ, and enjoys watching children express their imagination through the innovative LEGO® creations; especially builds upon which the child goes beyond the instructions, and creates something exciting and original. Considering this, Ashleigh is committed in allowing children to develop and express their creativity and imagination in a safe and fun environment.
Ashleigh’s Working With Children Check number is WWC0920520E.
After Graduating from Chatswood High School in 2016, Ben started studying a Bachelor of Planning at Macquarie University the year after. During his time in the holidays while at High School, Ben worked as a Sports Instructor at a Children’s Holiday Sports Camp where he saw the true impact a positive role model can play on a child’s future.
This inspired Ben to continue being a positive role model for kids and led to his employment with BRICKS 4 KIDZ where he was further fascinated by their business model and culture they expressed, how fascinated the children were when at BRICKS 4 KIDZ as well as the unlimited possibilities one could explore just with the use of LEGO®.
Ben still enjoys playing his sports such as competitive Soccer, Tennis and Ultimate frisbee and watching movies in his spare time.
Ben’s Working With Children Check number is WWC1381605E.
Sam is currently in her last year studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Physiology) at the University of Sydney. From a young age, science has been an integral part of her development not only in being creative and innovative, but learning how the human body works through LEGO®. She has always had an interest in how STEM factors can contribute to the medical world and with the ever evolving technology, BRICKS 4 KIDZ has allowed this to flourish!
From teaching athletes how to play Ultimate Frisbee and working with children in learning about Global Citizenship alongside High Resolves, a non-profit organisation in high school, Sam has found an unchallenged love for teaching the children at BRICKS 4 KIDZ and developing a strong imagination and intrigue with the kids, shown in their creations with LEGO® bricks. She firmly believes that BRICKS 4 KIDZ is one of the best places for children to express their creativity and build the communication skills within the environment, being a stickler for teamwork and having fun also.
Sam’s Working With Children Check number is WWCC0813492E. Sam has also is qualified in First Aid from CBD College.
Jonathan is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. Since high school, he has been passionate and interested in how things work and applying technology in everyday activities. This has led him to pursue an engineering degree to further explore these aspects of design and how to create fascinating machines. While at university, he is currently enjoying leadership roles in both the UNSW LEGO Society and the UNSW Robogals Chapter which has reinforced his passion for STEM learning, education and LEGO® creations.
He has developed his expertise with the EV3 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® software and is always amazed and delighted when kids watch their robots move, interact and make sounds at their own commands. He is often found tinkering with LEGO® bricks and coding as he is inspired to contribute to bringing progressive STEM learning and LEGO® Robotics to the next generation of kids as an Instructor at BRICKS 4 KIDZ.
Jonathan’s Working With Children Check number is WWC0644899E.
Ben recently completed his HSC at Turramurra High School. He enjoys STEM courses and challenging his way of thinking. He hopes to pursue a course in Mathematics at University to further develop his understanding of the way in which the world operates.
Growing up, Ben has always had in interest in how things work – from a toddler having a fascination with building sites and watching how the machines operated to a child playing with LEGO® bricks. As Ben got older he realised his love for being with children. Ben’s position at BRICKS 4 KIDZ is the perfect job, combining his passion for how things work and kids. He loves helping the kids with their builds, helping them to understand the process and foster STEM enthusiasm for the future. Making a positive impact in a child’s day is key to Ben! He feels privileged to be a part of such a dedicated and passionate team.
Ben’s Working With Children Check number is WWCC0813492E. Ben has a Senior First Aid Qualification.