Children's Savings Accounts

Compare Children's Savings Options

Children's savings accounts offer a great way of preparing for your child's future, building up a nest egg which could be used to help them buy their first home or go to university, helping give them a head start in life.


When it comes to children's savings accounts interest rates can be higher as plans aim to deliver a return over the long term, while some returns may be tax free.

Children can save and earn interest tax free within their annual allowance, as children normally do not earn over their annual allowance each year. A R85 form can be filled out to ensure tax taken on their own savings is refunded or tax is not taken off at all.

However, when a parent gives savings to a child any interest over £100 a year is treated as the parents income and taxed. This is known as the £100 rule.

There are various choices available for children's savings, although Child Trust Funds - which were supported with government savings vouchers - are no longer available, a new tax-efficient Junior ISA is now available (launched November 2011).

Other options include savings accounts specifically designed for children and investment plans which aim for long term growth.

Use the tables below for a selection of saving plan options for children:

Junior ISA Selection
ProviderJunior ISA ProviderRegular SavingsInvestment OptionsOnline ValuationsMore Info
Charles Stanley Stocks & Shares Junior ISAyesCharles Stanley Direct offers a Stocks and Shares Junior ISA with no initial charges or additional annual fees. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs. yesMore Info >
  • Save tax – shelter up to £4,128 per annum and pay no further on capital gains or on income from your investments.
  • Invest from £50 a month, or a lump sum from £500, or a mixture of both
  • Flexibility – choose from a wide range of investments to create a portfolio that suits you.
  • Transfer in Child Trust Funds or existing Junior ISAs
  • Automatic conversion to full ISA at age 18.
  • The value of investments and any income can fall, so the Junior ISA could return less than you invest
  • Returns on investment funds are not guaranteed
Scottish Friendly My Select Junior ISAyesA range of assets including UK and global shares, bonds and cashyesMore Info >
  • Invest up to £4,128 pa per child
  • Invest from only £10 a month, or a lump sum from just £50, or a mixture of both
  • Raise, lower, or stop and restart your payments any time you like
  • Available for children under 16, who didn't qualify for a Child Trust Fund
  • Available for Junior cash ISA holders
  • The value of investments and any income can fall, so the Junior ISA could return less than you invest
  • Returns on investment funds are not guaranteed
One Family Junior ISAyesApply online and receive a £30 Amazon e-voucher (T&C’s apply – see OneFamily website for details). The OneFamily Junior ISA helps you to invest for your child’s future. It could help towards going to uni, driving lessons or perhaps helping to pay for a flat of their own. yesMore Info >
  • Apply online and receive a £30 Amazon e-voucher (T&C’s apply – see OneFamily website for details)
  • Award winning: Winner of the 2016 Moneyfacts Award for Best Junior ISA Provider
  • You choose how much you want to pay in, and when. From £10 to £340 a month up to £4,128 in the 2017/2018 tax year.
  • Available for children under 18
  • Easy to manage: 24/7 Online Account Management and a friendly UK based call centre. 
  • OneFamily looks after over £6 billion for more than 2 million customers
  • Annual management charge 1.5% deducted directly from the fund's income.
  • It’s designed to be a long term children’s investment. You invest for your child’s future, and only the child can take the money out and only once they’re 18. Because our Junior ISA invests in stocks and shares, the Junior ISAs value can fall as well as rise, so your child could get back less than has been paid in. 
Junior Stocks and Shares ISAyesFREE Children's ISA Guide. Choose from over 2,500 unit trusts and OEICs from leading fund managers. Invest from £25 per month or lump sums of £100.yesMore Info >
  • Same tax benefits as an adult ISA - no capital gains tax, and no further tax to pay on income.
  • Anyone can contribute - useful for birthday and Christmas gifts.
  • Withdrawals possible from age 18.
  • Open with a lump sum from £100 to £4,128 or start a monthly direct debit from just £25 per month.
  • Free mobile app to deal shares, access prices, indices, news and research.
  • The value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. 
  •  If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.
  • Tax rules can change and the reliefs depend on your child's personal circumstances. 
Shepherds Friendly Junior ISAyesA range of assets including UK and global shares, bonds and cashyesMore Info >
  • Invest up to £4,128 pa per child
  • Invest from only £10 a month, or a lump sum from just £100 or a mixture of both
  • Available for children under 18, who do not already have a Child Trust Fund
  • Available for Junior cash ISA holders
  • The value of investments and any income can fall, so the Junior ISA could return less than you invest
  • Returns on investment funds are not guaranteed




 Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested.

Investments in Stocks & Shares ISAs do not contain the same degree of capital security as investments in deposits. Stocks and shares ISAs are designed as medium to long term investments of, for example, five years or more. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.