Cookies policy

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse web sites.

As a company who believe in ethical use of Information Technology (IT) St George’s Childcare only ever use cookies that we believe help improve the services we provide and the functionality of our web site, the information we gain from analytical cookies is completely anonymous and used to ensure that we offer only relevant information to the users of our web site.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient and relevant (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this web site (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our web site, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Web site Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our web site work including:

  • Remembering your search settings

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site or by avoiding these areas and facilities of the web site

Third party functions

Our site, like most web sites, includes functionality provided by third parties. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Facebook – Facebook’s ‘Like’ button to show your approval of our web site to your Facebook friends
  • Twitter
  • ParentZone – to access your child’s progress online
  • Google+ – Google’s ‘Plus’ button to show your approval of our web site to your Google plus friends / circles

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social Website Cookies

So, you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Some of the main cookies are set by the following:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our web site, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our web site These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use: Google Analytics

List of the most common cookies used within the St George’s Childcare web site

Google Analytics__utmaGoogle Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name.
__utmbGoogle Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name.
__utmcGoogle Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name.
__utmzGoogle Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name
TwitterpidCreated by twitter
guest_idCreated by twitter
FacebookdatrCreated by Facebook

Telephone Tracking Analytics

We also use technology to determine how people who phone us arrived on our web site (e.g. from a search engine or by clicking on an advert). This is to help us to identify how people heard about us. Please be aware that if you call us, using a phone number on the web site we can potentially tell how you arrived on our web site Again this ultimately helps us keep down costs for you.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s web sites as cookies are a standard part of most modern web sites.

It may be that your concerns about cookies actually relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.