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Feedback from those attending the training was exceptionally positive, with workers reporting that it had solidified current knowledge and provided new learnings while also giving them a practical toolkit for their work with families. Looking forward, in the future a ‘Reflective Parenting Conversations’ manual by Together4Kids will be made available for workers. Funding Acknowledgement Together4Kids is funded by the Government of South Australia, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion through the National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. Getting Messy in the Riverland Using messy play to learn more about child development and relationship building. The Children and Parenting Services (CaPS) team held a fun Messy Play event in partnership with Playgroup SA at Wilabalangaloo National Trust Reserve, overlooking the River Murray on the outskirts of Berri. The team set up play areas with water and sand play, chalkboards and loose parts for the children to enjoy. The adult participants listened to a very engaging presentation by Playgroup SA’s Alicia Beames who explained the theory behind Messy Play and its importance to children and their carers in terms of development and relationship building. 52 people attended the morning with a great mix of allied health workers, childcare professionals, parents, grandparents, and friends and of course, children. Everyone took advantage of a beautifully sunny winter morning in splendid natural surroundings to engage with all of the learning available, play, get very, very messy, and take home well-resourced education packs. Funding acknowledgement Children and Parenting Support Service is funded by the Department of Social Services Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing | Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 39