If you have any questions about managing your Smart account, check the frequently asked questions below to see if we can help (just click the question and the answer will appear underneath):
By cash/cheque or transfer from another Nationwide account at any Nationwide branch.
An adult can set up a regular standing order to pay money into your account.
On the Internet Bank or Telephone Banking (Smart cash card account only)
Our children’s savings account is pretty flexible. With a passbook you can take out up to £500 in cash at any branch or up to £500,000 as a cheque, if you have the money in your account.
If you’ve got a cash card, you can take out up to £500 every day, £300 of which can be from a cash machine, free of charge*, at over 56,000 cash machines throughout the UK. Please note, unfortunately you can’t use your card abroad. You can use your card to top up an O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Tesco Mobile or Vodafone pay-as-you-go mobile phone with up to £25 per day at a cash machine at any Nationwide branch. This top up is part of your daily cash machine withdrawal allowance of £300.
You can transfer money online via the Internet Bank or Telephone Banking (if you have a cash card).
* We don’t charge you for using cash machines, but the machine provider may make charges over which we have no control.
Passbook account - Your passbook provides the record of transactions. A statement will be sent to you annually. Full statements are available on the Internet bank.
Cash card account - Statements are sent quarterly if you make a transaction (can be monthly, half-yearly or annually on request if you write to us) and mini-statements are available through Nationwide cash machines and Telephone Banking.
Full statements are available on the Internet Bank.
Smart offers different online functions depending whether you have a cash card or passbook account.
Smart account Passbook
Smart account Card (optional for 11 year olds and over)
If you’re 11 or over you can choose to have a cash card instead of a passbook. To change an existing Smart passbook to a cash card or to open a new Smart cash card account, please visit your local branch or apply online via our Internet Bank.
Operating your Smart account with a card instead of a passbook will allow you to make full use of our cash machine facilities and make free cash withdrawals* at any cash machine displaying the Link symbol. Also, with a cash card you can register for our Internet Banking service.
Smart is an account for under 18s. When you turn 18 we will write to you to tell you about the other savings accounts we offer. If your account hasn’t been changed when you reach 18 years 6 months, we’ll automatically convert it to our CashBuilder account.
If you have a Smart Card account you will migrate into a CashBuilder Card account. If you have a Smart Passbook account you will migrate into a CashBuilder Book account.
If you wish to transfer your Smart account into one of our other savings accounts, you will need to close the Smart account and open a new account on the same day to ensure your membership is continued.
For more information on selecting a suitable savings account, please visit our savings accounts page.
Interest is paid to your Smart account twice a year on 30 June and 31 December.
Smart accounts can be closed at any branch. Identification in the form of a passport, birth certificate or drivers licence (paper version or card with green paper counterpart) will be required.
Because children don’t usually have to pay tax, we will normally be able to pay your interest gross. Just complete and return the HM Revenue and Customs R85 form.
There are forms available online to change your name or address. These can be found within 'Other Services' on your Internet Bank. Alternatively you can pop into your local branch.
FSCS - Protecting your money. Find out more
Your eligible deposits with Nationwide Building Society are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the UK's deposit protection scheme. This limit is applied to the total of any deposits you have with the following: Nationwide Building Society, Cheshire Building Society, Derbyshire Building Society, Dunfermline Building Society and Nationwide UK (Ireland). Any total deposits you hold above the £85,000 limit between these brands are not covered.
Please click here for further information or visit www.fscs.org.uk
Smart terms & conditions
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