What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer and is sent to your web browser which helps the website remember information about you and your preferences. Cookies on this website may be delivered in a first-party (set by the Head Start website) or third-party (set by another website) context and may also be set in association with emails you receive from us.
Types of cookies used on our website
The following types of cookies are used on our website:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
- Performance Cookies
- Functional Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly necessary cookies (also referred to as first-party essential cookies and session cookies) are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as booking a personal tour, setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the website won’t work as a result.
Performance cookies (also referred to as first-party cookies or third-party cookies) allow us to count visits, traffic sources and visitor usage so we can measure and improve the user experience of our website. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.
Functional cookies enable the website to provide greater functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.
Head Start Day Nursery use software to help understand its websites and applications through the users’ eyes, helping us to support our customers and build a better user experience. The following information may be recorded:
- User clicks, mouse movements, scrolling and typing. This helps us to understand areas of our website that may be confusing or underused, allowing us to improve our customer experience.
- Technical information such as device type, browser, operating system, script errors and IP address. This allows us to ensure our website is compatible with all web browsers and device types.
- Navigation information such as the pages visited, referral websites, URL parameters and session duration. Knowing the most popular pages and sources of referral traffic help us improve the quality of content.