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Playhouse Disney Channel has awarded 15 Australian and New Zealand preschools, kindergartens, childcare centres, play centres and groups, learning centres and dance groups with a community grant in support of their outstanding contribution to the community.

The grant recipients were recognised by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who shared heart-warming stories of how their preschool-focused community group developed and supported the interests and wellbeing of local children. 

The groups are set to receive a $2,000 grant from Playhouse Disney Channel, what is intended to assist in the expansion, development and commencement of projects that will benefit children between 0 to 6 years old. 

The ‘Handy Manny Community Grants’ were inspired by the Emmy-nominated ‘Handy Manny’, which airs on Playhouse Disney Channel. The animated series, which is set in the multicultural and multi-generational community of Sheetrock Hills, features ‘Handy Garcia’, a hardworking handyman with a team of talking tools. Manny spends his days helping his neighbours by taking on their fix-it projects.

Together, Manny and his tools help preschoolers learn about cooperation, problem solving and friendship. The series is designed to infuse preschool viewers with an enthusiasm to take on life’s challenges and to make things work. 

The grant recipients are: 

· AEIOU Foundation (For Children with Autism), Toowoomba, QLD

· Awapuni Preschool, Gisborne, NZ

· Cuddly Bears Childcare, Oakley, QLD

· Hear The Children Early Intervention Centre, Kellyville, NSW

· Hornsby Hub Childcare, Waitara, NSW

· McKenzie Centre, Hamilton, NZ

· Northland Kindergarten, Northland, NZ

· Parsons Avenue Kindergarten, Levin, NZ

· Puna Reo Te Okahukura, Auckland, NZ

· St Matthews Twinkle Toes, Palmerston, NZ

· Stoke Playcentre, Atawhai, NZ

· Tara Community Play Group, Tara, QLD

· Waihao Downs Mobile Kindy, Waimate, NZ  

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Friday 15, 22 & 29 October, from 11am

Spend three hours with your favourite Handy man and his tools. Each marathon kicks off with a brand new episode and each Friday will be centred around two different tools.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Friday 22 & 29 October, from 11am

Spend three hours with your favourite Handy man and his tools. Each marathon kicks off with a brand new episode and each Friday will be centred around two different tools.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Friday 22 & 29 October, from 11am

Spend three hours with your favourite Handy man and his tools. Each marathon kicks off with a brand new episode and each Friday will be centred around two different tools.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Saturday 23 October, 7pm

Fantasia created the mould for blending music and movie magic into an

exhilarating movie-going experience. Unforgettable images – Mickey Mouse as a troublemaking sorcerer’s apprentice, the beauty of winged fairies and cascading snowflakes, and plump hippos performing ballet in tutus – are brought to life accompanied by some of the world’s best classical music.

“Fantasia 2000”: An update of the original film with new interpretations

of great works of classical music. Guest hosts include Steve Martin and

Bette Midler.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY- Monday – Friday from 11 October, 10am

Life’s a party in Poppetstown. Building, exploring, racing and roaring around town, the Poppets are always having fun, fun, fun. But each new adventure brings with it new challenges – and sometimes a Poppet on the go just doesn’t know what to do next! How can I get the apples down from the tree? Where should I dig for buried treasure? And how do I think up a song?

Stuck about what colour to paint your house? Have ants invaded your picnic? Is your ice cream melting on a hot summer day? If you live in Poppetstown, you know who to call!

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY- Saturday 9 October, from 10am

Catch all new episodes of your favourite Playhouse Disney shows:

Saturday 9 October – WordWorld

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY- Saturday 2 October, from 11am

Catch all new episodes of your favourite Playhouse Disney shows:

This week – Poppet’s Town Sneak Peek.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY- Saturday 25 September, 10am

Emmy Award-winning “Between the Lions” is designed to foster the literacy skills of its viewers, while playfully demonstrating the joys of reading. Each show aims to give experiences they need in order to become successful readers. The “mane” characters, lion cubs Lionel and Leona, serve as role models for younger viewers, eagerly demonstrating the power and pleasure of reading.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY – Saturday 11 September, 7pm

Dorothy hosts a surprise party for Captain Feathersword and invites Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Fairy Clare, Larissa, Lucia and baby Maria! You will be entertained by the Rosy Orchestra as Dorothy sings Swinging On A Swing, Dance A Cachuca and I Look In the Mirror! With 17 new songs, Dorothy the Dinosaur’s party is the best party she has ever had!