About Us

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 600 locations in more than 45 countries. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Australia 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.



Meet the Northern Beaches Team


Tonya James, DirectorTJames Photo

Tonya began her career in education in both primary and secondary levels.  Whilst finishing her Master’s degree in International Studies at Loyola University Chicago, Tonya moved into corporate enterprise and has more than 25 years’ experience in successfully leading business service operations in roles ranging from greenfield start-ups to organizational change management.  Her career has included roles across a wide range of industries including Education, ITT, Banking, Media, Venue Operations and Information Services

Eager to return to her entrepreneurial and education roots, Tonya founded Constructivology Pty Limited in 2015 which independently owns and operates the franchisee for BRICKS 4 KIDZ® in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Constructivology Pty Limited is dedicated to the development and delivery of community-based educational enrichment programs.  BRICKS 4 KIDZ® encourages children to learn fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a non-competitive setting through play and socialization.

Tonya’s Working With Children Check number is WWC0639582E.  Tonya holds current First Aid qualifications


Emily Crutcher, Manager

An enthusiastic educator, Emily holds a degree in music education.  Emily is passionate about working with children and STEM education.

Florencia’s  Working With Children Check number  is  WWC1200093E and she holds current First Aid qualifications.




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