What Is ECRM all about?

ECRM is a young boutique Indoor Market held annually in Newcastle, Hunter Valley NSW.  Our Market showcases resources and services that cater for Early Childhood Professionals and Young Families, all provided by  Australian Small Businesses.

Welcome to the Early Childhood Resources Market (ECRM) and Natural Play for Children. Our journey with ECRM began back in 2015 when Natural Play for Children held our very first small Winter Market after an early childhood professional development morning with Dale Eadie from Puzzles Family Day Care. The idea behind our original market was as follows:-

1. To make quality educational resources available to Educators without the added expense of them having to attend professional development days.

2. To provide families with access to a range of quality educational resources that are not available in mainstream retail stores, whilst promoting the importance of recycling and sustainability.

3. To network with and promote fellow Australian small businesses, especially other Women in Business. ECRM showcases handmade, natural and quality play resources and services for young children.

ECRM2017 had grown to include 26 vendors with approximately 1,000 visitors coming through the doors, creating a fun and vibrant atmosphere on the day.  Natural Play for Children are proud to network with and promote quality small Australian businesses.  Together, we can do anything and through small business networking and collaboration, “the sky is the limit”.


ECRM provides educators and families with the opportunity to shop and browse for educational resources in a comfortable, air conditioned indoor market area.  The venue at Club Macquarie provides ease of access for prams, wheelchairs, young children and adults with no stairs to navigate on entry or throughout the market venue. Lifts are provided in the club for ease of access to the downstairs amenities such as the club bistro.


The Early Childhood Resources Market will be held annually in Lake Macquarie and we hope you will be able to join us in 2019.  

            ECRM Event Organiser

Photo:  A snapshot of some of our Vendors setting up for ECRM2016.  Photo Credit/Shared with permission from The Koori Curriculum.

© 2017-2019 Early Childhood Resources Market and Natural Play for Children

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