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Children's savings accounts

What parent wouldnít want their child to have a good financial head start in life? Starting a UK savings for children is great way to invest in the future of those who depend on you most, your children. Many savings accounts available for children are similar to those accounts available to adults. However, there are some things you should be aware of when exploring your childís saving options.

It is always a great idea to help the younger generation understand how to deal with money. If you choose to open a savings account for your child, consider letting them make their own deposits. If you encourage them to save a small portion of the money they earn, it will create a habit that they will continue for the rest of their lives. While it is a good learning experience for a child to make their own deposits, a responsible adult needs to constantly monitor the account to be sure itís done correctly.

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Some parents put off opening a savings for their children because they just donít have the initial deposit available. If you have a child born on or after September 1st 2002 you will receive a payment of £250 from the UK government. Families that qualify for the full Child Tax Credit will get £500. You will also receive a voucher to open a Child Trust Fund account with a provider that you choose. A Child Trust Fund can be opened as a basic savings account or as a riskier investment type account. No matter what you choose this is a great way to start investing in your childís future on behalf of the government.

Even though you are dealing with a childís savings account you still need to make sure of all the details involved. Shop around to make sure you are getting the best interest rate. Inquire about fees or advanced notice for withdrawals. There may be minimum balances required or even a minimum monthly balance.

Parents will often open a UK savings for children with the thought of a major future purchase in mind. By the time your child enters adulthood, there will be all sorts of big expenses waiting. Their college education, a reliable vehicle and even their first home are all things that will need to be address
ed. The sooner you start a savings plan for your child, the better off their financial future will be.


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