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Why choose a Smart Junior ISA?

Tax-free savings for young people that can give them a helping hand when they reach 18 - and their money becomes available.

  • Interest rate: 3.25% AER/tax-free (variable) 
  • Manage your money: online and in branch
  • Access: withdrawals aren't allowed until the child's 18th birthday

Account details

Explore the key features and benefits of this account in our Summary Box before moving on to start your application.

Summary Box

Account name

Smart Junior ISA

What is the interest rate?

3.25% AER/tax-free (variable).

Interest is calculated daily and paid into the Smart Junior ISA annually on 31 October and on the date the account is closed.

Can Nationwide change the interest rate?

Yes, the interest rate is variable.

Please see the “Variation of your interest rate and other account terms and conditions” and “How will we tell you about interest rate changes?” sections of the Cash ISA General Terms and Conditions which set out when we can vary the interest rate and how and when we will notify you if this happens.

What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,000 deposit?

The balance on an initial deposit of £1,000 with an interest rate of 3.25% AER/tax-free (variable) after 12 months would be £1,032.50.

This estimated balance is for illustration only and assumes that:

  • the account was opened on 1 November
  • no further deposits or withdrawals are made
  • there is no change to the interest rate.

How do I open and manage my account?

To open this account

  • A parent or legal guardian can open the ISA on behalf of the child, or if the child is aged 16 or 17 years old they can open the Smart Junior ISA themselves
  • The child must be under 18 years old and a UK resident. Please note, the account can’t be closed until the child is 18
  • You can open the account with a minimum of £1, up to the annual Junior ISA allowance (currently £4,260 for the tax year 2018/19).

Please note: You can only have one Junior ISA or Child Trust Fund account at any one time with Nationwide or another provider. You can move your existing Junior ISA or Child Trust Fund to Nationwide by requesting a transfer pack.

You can open this account:

  • using the 'Start application' button below this Summary Box

  • in branch.

You can manage your account:

Please note:

  • There is no maximum balance you can hold as long as you stay within your Junior ISA allowance each tax year (currently £4,260 for the 2018/19 tax year). You can make unlimited deposits up to the annual Junior ISA allowance each tax year.
  • You can transfer your account to another ISA manager at any time.

Can I withdraw money?

No, withdrawals aren’t allowed. When the child reaches 18 years of age, their account will transfer to an instant access Junior ISA Maturity account.

Additional information

Interest is paid on each whole pound in the account.

Interest rate definitions explained:

  • AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and illustrates what the interest rate would be if interest was paid and compounded once each year.
  • Tax-free is the contractual rate of interest payable where interest is exempt from income tax.

The tax information provided is based on our understanding of current law and HM Revenue & Customs practice, both of which may change.

The interest rate and information in this summary box are effective from 1 May 2018.

This Summary Box sets out the key features of the savings account. For full details, please read the account terms and conditions.

Before you apply, please make sure you read the Summary Box and Terms and Conditions in full and print or save a copy for reference.

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Help with your savings

Our support pages have information on how to manage your account and view interest rates.

Savings and cash ISA support