Tinker Tots Owned By Shelly Haecker - Lincoln NE Family Child Care Home II

SOUTH 35TH ST , Lincoln NE 68506
(402) 432-9211
5 Reviews

About the Provider


Tinker Tots Daycare & Preschool is a home based childcare that offers a professionally developed preschool curriculum. 

Low child to adult ratio.

First / CPR / AED certified & continuously take Early Childhood Development Workshop Classes

Licensed and Insured

I live in a super clean, cozy, safe four bedroom home in a quiet, mature neighborhood

I provide breakfast, lunch, and two healthy snacks, I am in the Family Service State food program!

I present a variety of fun and creative learning activities daily including art, early literacy, math, dramatic play, movement , music, sensory experiences, science, etc that foster social and emotional development. This takes place in a fun classroom like environment. 

I have a topic for the week or month we learn about, along with specific daily activities focused around the learning topic.. this is during the school year.

I follow two professional preschool curriculums and always further invest in my kiddos education and play.

I will help your child reach their individual milestones this includes potty training if needed.

Each child has their own sleep mat, pillow and blanket.

During the Summer months we have a splash day's weekly where the kids can play in the toddler pools, kids sprinkler, or water table!- sledding in the winter.

I have a large fenced in back yard with unlimited toys and stimulating games. We eat many lunches picnic style and grill out every week. (summer time)

I can teach your little one about plants and nature in the spring.

Summer months we do not focus as much on preschool. we believe children need to run, play, explore, and enjoy the warm weather and fun waters of summer as they would when they enter elementary school.

I have turned my entire floor into daycare/preschool. This consists of two play rooms, nap room, classroom / children's dining area. My backyard has also been designated for children only. 


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Tinker Tots Daycare & Preschool

Additional Information:

First Initial License Date: 05/30/2012.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: FII9345
  • Capacity: 12
  • Age Range: 6 WKS to 9 YRS
  • Achievement and/or Accreditations Early Childhood Development
  • Rate Range 130 For Full Time Care
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Type of Care: Daytime, Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Transportation: To/From School
  • Schools Served: Sheridan Elementary Calvert, Rouseau
  • District Office: Nebraska DHHS - Division of Public Health - Child Care Licensing
  • District Office Phone: 1-800-600-1289 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Jennie R Hensley May 14, 2021

I am Shelly's children's stepmother and I would never post a negative review about her daycare pretending to be a former employee or anyone else. I can only speak to the way I have personally seen Shelly behave personally which is to be verbally abusive to our own children, my husband and myself. I have seen her pull her shorts up and show her bare rear to the entire road driving by when we picked up the kids from 70th and A St one time. I have seen her encourage our son to call me names and laugh about it, and she has repeatedly told my husband he is a deadbeat dad and he should kill himself. I can not speak for her character as far as watching anyone's children are concerned, only that if we had any choice we would try to get our own children out of her care as soon as possible. I do know that Shelly has had employees in the past and it wouldn't surprise me if someone who used to work for her posted the above comment after finding out what kind of person Shelly really is. I don't know who does the licensing for the state as far as home childcare providers go, but I definitely think they should require a mental health evaluation and proof of being appropriately medicated. Just watch out for your kids if you take them to Shelly.

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Very pleased Aug 04, 2020
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Both of my daughters went here and we were very satisfied with the care they received. We would recommend Shelly to anyone.

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Unhappy Aug 07, 2017
I am an employee

Only rating 1 star because i can't give 0. Horrible place to work for, very verbally abusive to kids, always coming up with excuses.

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Owner Response
Shelly H Aug 04, 2020
This “review” is fake! It was made by my children’s step mother who has nothing to do with my childcare or me. It’s sad that a 40 something year old woman would even do this. I ask that everyone that reads her review chooses to ignore it. I don’t even have employees like the reviewer claims to be. Thank you
Amanda Oct 28, 2015
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

This is the best home daycare experience I have experienced with either one of my 2 children. My son, who is 3 years old, has thrived here in the 8 months he has attended Tinker Tots. Shelly, the owner, pays close attention to each child's individual needs and development. She works with the children on structured preschool activities everyday. Her home is a fun and clean environment that promotes positive play and learning. Very impressed with this home daycare, 5 stars!

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Happy Mother Aug 04, 2014

I wouldn't put my child in any other facility than this one. The provider is a preschool teacher and a mother herself. My son loves being here and has developed in so many ways, it's hard to list them all. When he started, he was a full year behind from being in a bad in home day care. Now he is beyond flourishing! It breaks your heart as a parent when you have to experience a bad place with your child and makes you relieved when you find a good one! I love the curriculum that she provides, the safety I have in my son being there and complete trust in her abilities as a teacher as well as a mother.

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