WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, often including a unique identifier, which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website – if your browser preferences allow it. Cookies are then accessed by the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

HOW ARE COOKIES USED ON THE BIRMINGHAM DAY NURSERIES WEBSITE?

The cookies we use on the Birmingham Day Nurseries website are there to allow you to perform the services you require and to assist us in providing a better website for our users. We do not use cookies to store information that identifies you as an individual. Details on cookies used are provided below.

We encourage you to accept the cookies we serve. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Please see How to control and delete cookies for more information.

Google analytics

We use Google Analytics cookies to hold information about your visit to our site. This helps us better identify the use and popularity of our services and how successfully the website is functioning.

If you do not wish us to do this, you can opt out of the Analytics service by installing an add-on for your browser. This can be found at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Alternatively, you can delete/restrict the cookies as for any other cookie – see How to control and delete cookies for more information.

Hotjar

To provide you with a better experience on our website we use a tool called Hotjar which tracks a user’s mouse movements and interactions across the site. To function properly, like most tracking tools, Hotjar stores first-party cookies on your browser. This is needed to display the correct content to you and us.

For more information visit https://docs.hotjar.com/docs/hotjar-cookies

Simple WP Membership

If you are a parent at the nurseries you will likely have been given access to our parent corner. We use a WordPress plugin called Simple WP Membership which will store cookies in your browser to check whether you are logged in and keep you logged in as you navigate the site.

TYPES OF COOKIES

Session Cookies

Session cookies are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user leaves the site/closes the browser, the session cookie is deleted.

Persistent Cookies

A persistent cookie file remains on the user’s device and is re-activated when the user visits the website that created that particular cookie. These cookies expire after a certain period (set in the file), or can be removed manually.

Classification of Cookies

The cookies on this website have additionally been categorised based on the categories found in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) UK Cookie Guide.

Category Description
Strictly necessary cookies These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
Performance cookies These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
Functionality cookies These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make [such as your username, language or the region you are in] and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching videos or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting/advertising cookies These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

COOKIES USED ON THE BIRMINGHAM DAY NURSERIES WEBSITE

Name Description Classification Expiration
_gid Google Analytics
Used to identify unique users
Performance cookies 24 hours
_ga Google Analytics
Used to identify unique users
Performance cookies 2 years
_gat_ Google Analytics
Used to throttle request rate.
Performance cookies 1 minute
catAccCookies Used to test whether the user has accepted the cookie message Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
DYNSRV Used to track which web server to send the visitor to. This is added by the server load balancer to improve the performance of the website. Strictly necessary cookies When the browser is closed
hjClosedSurvey
Invites
Hotjar
Used to ensure that the same invite does not re-appear if it has already been shown.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjDonePolls Hotjar
Used to ensure that the same Poll does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjMinimizedPolls Hotjar
Used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjDoneTesters
Widgets
Hotjar
Used to ensure that the same form does not re-appear if it has already been filled in.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjMinimizedTesters
Widgets
Hotjar
Used to ensure that the widget stays minimized when the visitor navigates through your site.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjDoneSurveys Hotjar
Used to only load the survey content if the visitor hasn’t completed the survey yet.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
_hjIncludedIn
Sample
Hotjar
Used to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc.
Performance cookies 1 year
_hjShownFeedback
Message
Hotjar
Used when a visitor minimizes or completes Incoming Feedback. This is done so that the Incoming Feedback will load as minimized immediately if they navigate to another page where it is set to show.
Targeting/advertising cookies 1 year
swpm_session Simple WP Membership
Used for user login sessions
Strictly necessary cookies / Functionality cookies When browser is closed
swpm_in_use Simple WP Membership
Used for the Membership plugin to check for logged in users, authenticate log-ins and to allow visitors to browse through the pages of the Website while remaining logged in.
Strictly necessary cookies / Functionality cookies 4 days
simple_wp_
membership_sec_
Simple WP Membership
Used for the Membership plugin to check for logged in users, authenticate log-ins and to allow visitors to browse through the pages of the Website while remaining logged in.
Strictly necessary cookies / Functionality cookies 4 days

HOW TO CONTROL AND DELETE COOKIES

You can manage cookie usage through your browser settings. The help function in your preferred browser should provide you with the correct information. Some browsers provide helpful cookie guides:

Alternatively, http://www.allaboutcookies.org provides advice on how to do this, and further information on cookies and how to manage them.

N.B. In the case of some mobile devices, it may be necessary to consult the device’s instruction manual to manage cookies effectively.

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CONTACT US

If you have any questions or comments about the Birmingham Day Nurseries’ cookie policy, please contact us by emailing hasmarketing@contacts.bham.ac.uk