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Junior ISA

Our Junior ISA is a great way to invest for your child's future – it can help give them a financial head start in life.

Whether it helps them to pay for driving lessons, their university education or perhaps a deposit on their first home, one thing’s for sure, they’ll be glad of your help. Open a Junior ISA to save for when they’re grown up.

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What is a Junior ISA?

A Junior ISA is an account which allows a parent or guardian to save and invest for a child's future, and is open to contributions from family and friends. It's available for any eligible child under the age of 16 who did not qualify for a Child Trust Fund.

Our Junior ISA invests in stocks and shares, so its value can go down as well as up over the lifetime of the plan. This is normal for investments in stocks and shares, but it does mean that there's a risk of the child getting back less than has been paid in.

How does it work?

You can currently invest from £10 a month up to £4,000 a year on behalf of a child. £4,000 is the maximum amount that can be paid in to a Junior ISA this tax year and includes any amounts being paid into a cash Junior ISA elsewhere.

From age 16 the child can manage the Junior ISA themselves. Only the child can access the money and only from their 18th birthday.

Good potential for growth

Our Junior ISA invests in stocks and shares as we believe this is the best way to grow your investment – generally, over every 18-year period during the last 30 years, stocks and shares have outperformed cash/building society accounts (where your capital is protected)*. Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

*Source: Barclays equity gilt study February 2013. Average annual real rate of return based on Barclays indices.

Anyone can pay in

While a parent or guardian manages the Junior ISA on behalf of the child (until age 16), family and friends can contribute as well, either on a regular basis or a one-off payment as a gift to the child.

The only thing to remember is that the combined payments for all Junior ISAs held by the child, for example a cash Junior ISA with another provider, cannot go over £4,000 a year.

Why choose our Junior ISA

Affordable and flexible – invest whatever you can afford, from £10 to £333 a month. You have the flexibility to increase, decrease or restart payments whenever you want.

Easy to manage – 24/7 online account management and a friendly UK call centre makes managing your child's Junior ISA simple and convenient.

Tax-efficient – proceeds are free of income and capital gains tax, but remember the tax treatment of Junior ISAs depends on individual circumstances and may change in the future.

The Junior ISA explained

Use our Junior ISA calculator*

Final amount you would like your child to receive at age 18


Years until the child's 18th birthday

18 Years
  • Consider paying in :
  • £10
  • per month, throughout the selected term


*Important note

These figures are not guaranteed.

The figure shown assumes growth at 5% per year over the full term you have selected, with annual charges of 1.5% plus other annual expenses of approximately 0.2% (calculations are not exact).

This projection is only an example, not a reliable indicator of future performance. The child could get back more or less than this. Over time the cost of living will generally rise, which means the child will not be able to buy as much in the future with the amounts shown.

Why choose Family Investments?

Trusted – we provide Junior ISAs for both Bounty and the Post Office. The Post Office has also trusted us to look after their ISAs.

Experienced – we’ve been around for over 35 years and look after funds worth £5.4 billion for 1.8 million customers.

Working for you – many people have lost trust in financial institutions, but we're different. As a mutual, we're run for the benefit of our customers, not the benefit of shareholders.

Award-winning – praised for the ‘simplicity and clarity’ of our product, we are two times winners of the Moneyfacts award for Best Junior ISA Provider, in 2012 and 2014, and before that we won Best Child Trust Fund Provider in 2010 and 2011.

Moneyfacts award logos

Transfer a Junior ISA to us

Transferring a Junior ISA from another provider to us is easy, and we won't charge you. Simply follow the steps below and we'll do the rest.

  • Read the Important Information booklets and, for our ethical Junior ISA, the Key Investor Information document.
  • Choose which account you want to invest in
  • Download and print the relevant form below
  • Complete the form and send it to us at FREEPOST, RTHA-EHYB-ZTBL, Family Investments, 16-18 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RL

Junior ISA transfer form »

Ethical Junior ISA transfer form »

We only accept Junior ISA transfers for the amount of £500 or more.

Questions and Answers About Our Junior ISA

  • Who can open a Junior ISA?

    • Anyone with parental responsibility for a child can open a Junior ISA.

  • Who is eligible for a Junior ISA?

    • To be eligible for a Junior ISA, your child must:

      • Be resident in the UK
      • Be under the age of 18
      • Not have been eligible for a Child Trust Fund

      In order to have been eligible for a Child Trust Fund, your child must have been born between September 2002 and 3rd January 2011.

      Our Junior ISA is only available for children under the age of 16.

  • Can I open both a cash and stocks and shares Junior ISA?

    • Yes, you can open both a cash and stocks and shares Junior ISA, but you should be aware that their combined annual limit cannot go over the £4,000 threshold. This means you can either:

      • Put the full amount into either a cash account or stocks and shares account; or
      • put some in a cash account and some in a stocks and shares account (e.g. £2,000 in stocks and shares and £2,000 in cash).
  • Can I access the money paid into a Junior ISA?

    • No, the account is set up for the child. Only they can access the money, and only after they turn 18.

  • What happens when my child reaches age 18?

    • When your child reaches age 18, their Junior ISA will become an adult ISA, so they can keep saving if they wish.

  • Do I have to take out a new Junior ISA, with a new provider, each tax year?

    • No, your Junior ISA can remain with a single provider throughout the lifetime of the account. You may also transfer the funds to another provider at any time.

  • Can I transfer my child's Junior ISA between providers?

    • Yes, you can transfer your child’s Junior ISA to another provider at any time.

  • My child already has a Child Trust Fund. Can I also open a Junior ISA in their name?

    • No. Only children that don't have a Child Trust Fund are eligible for a Junior ISA, otherwise they would enjoy double tax-efficient savings allowances.

  • Can I transfer money from a Child Trust Fund to a Junior ISA?

    • Not yet, but you will be able to soon. The Government has announced that from April 2015 it will be possible for Child Trust Funds to be transferred into Junior ISA accounts. As an award winning provider of both products we welcome the opportunity for parents to make a choice.


Next steps

It's quick and easy to set up a Junior ISA. Once you've read and understood the information on this page, including the Important Information booklets and, for our ethical Junior ISA, the Key Investor Information document, and you're happy the Junior ISA is the right choice for you, you can apply online in less than 10 minutes.

Apply Online

Or, if you're not quite ready to apply yet, you can request an application pack.

Request a Pack

You can also apply over the phone by calling our Customer Service Team on 0800 616 695. Open 9am-7pm Monday to Friday, 9am-noon Saturday. Telephone calls may be recorded and monitored for training purposes.

Please read all the product info and remember your child's capital is at risk.