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Junior ISAs can provide an easy and convenient way to save for your child's future, in a tax-efficient way.

Junior ISAs

Junior Stocks and Shares ISA

from Hargreaves Lansdown

Regular Savings
  • Investment Options: Invest from £25 per month or deposits of £100.

Why we like it: Invest for your child from £25 pm tax free. A wide range of top performing funds to choose from. The annual charge for holding investments in a Hargreaves Lansdown Junior ISA is never more than 0.45%. Your dealing and other charges will depend on the investments you choose.

Important: The value of your investments can rise as well as fall. You may get back less than you invested. If you’re unsure, we recommend you ask for independent advice.

Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

from Fidelity

Regular Savings
  • Investment Options: Over 4,000 investment options, including funds, shares, investment trusts and exchange-traded funds

Why we like it: Fidelity’s guidance service makes it easy to find investment ideas for your child’s savings, plus Fidelity don’t charge a service fee on junior accounts meaning you keep more of your investment for your child. Ongoing fund charges and other fees may apply.

Important: The value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invest. The value of tax savings and eligibility to invest in a Junior ISA depend on personal circumstances. All tax rules may change in future. Withdrawals from a Junior ISA will not be possible until the child reaches age 18. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

What are the rules for children's ISAs?

In terms of rules and regulations, ISAs for children are similar to adult ISAs.

  • There are both Junior Cash and Junior Stocks and Shares ISAs
  • Switching providers is allowed, and is usually free.
  • Unlike Child Trust Funds, junior ISAs don't involve any Government contribution.
  • A junior cash ISA can be opened by the child's parent or legal guardian.
  • Once the child reaches 16, they'll be able to manage their own account. However, they won't be able to withdraw funds until they reach the age of 18.
  • Any child who already has a child trust fund is ineligible for a children's ISA.
  • Family, friends and grandparents can all contribute to the ISA account (within the annual limit), making a junior ISA a good way to save for a child's future.

How much cash can I put into a children's ISA?

The annual deposit limits on children's ISAs are different from standard adult ISAs, and changes each tax year check the current limit here:

There are several options available when it comes to deciding how to use this allowance - the money can either be put into a junior cash ISA in its entirety, or it can divided between a junior stocks and shares ISA and a junior cash ISA, in whatever proportion you wish.

Points to consider when choosing a children's ISA

  • Most children are able to earn tax-free interest with any savings plan, not just a junior ISA, as long as the parent opening it on their behalf fills out an R85 form when setting up the account. However, if you are in a position to contribute funds to your child's ISA that generate over £100 per year in interest, a junior ISA can help you avoid paying tax on this.
  • Once your child reaches 18, the money is theirs to spend however they choose. If you're concerned about money being wasted on non-essential items, you might want to save for your child's future in your own name, instead.
  • The money is locked up until your child turns 18, so think carefully about whether you can afford to leave cash untouched for this period of time, and only save an amount that you're able to afford.
Important Risk Information:

The value of investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments. This website aims to provide information to help you make your own informed decisions. It does not provide personal advice based on your circumstances. If you are unsure of how suitable an investment is for you, please seek personal advice.

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