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.
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.
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.
Sarah is currently in Year 12 at Loreto Normanhurst, completing her HSC. She thoroughly enjoys engaging in group activities that allow her to work with others and apply problem solving skills, and loves that BRICKS 4 KIDZ provides a team environment which allows children to do just this.
Having worked as a student dance teacher and a netball coach, Sarah recognises the importance of fun for children and hopes to ensure an enjoyable experience for all children that visit BRICKS 4 KIDZ. By assisting children with their builds and encouraging them to challenge themselves, Sarah hopes to engage children with their imagination to ultimately use their creativity in several aspects of learning!
After graduating high school in 2017, Georgia started studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Notre Dame, aiming to specialise in Paediatrics. Since high school she has had a passion for working with children, joining the BRICKS 4 KIDZ team at 15 years old.
Georgia enjoys creating positive relationships with the children at BRICKS 4 KIDZ and seeing them grow up throughout years of holiday camps and after school workshops. She is passionate about child development and believes LEGO® promotes creativity and fun through STEM!
Georgia has an interest in animal welfare and is a trivia enthusiast. She is dedicated in providing a safe, supportive and enjoyable setting for children to explore and grow!
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.