Debit card for kids

Starling Kite

Help kids manage their pocket money and turn their spending into skills, with our children’s debit card.

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Say hello to Starling Kite: a Space within your account for young people aged 6-16.

It’s like a child bank account, but built seamlessly into your account for better visibility and control. Set it up in minutes, transfer money onto their Kite card in seconds and help them understand where their money goes with their own version of the app. With our debit card for kids, you can keep an eye on their spending while they learn about money. It’s simple, secure and convenient banking for kids.

16 or 17? Head over to our teen account.

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Easy control
Set up a Kite space for your child in minutes, ping cash over instantly or set up regular transfers, all from a single app. Plus get a notification the second they spend.

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Financial flying lessons
They’ll get their own version of the app, so they can keep an eye on their transactions and get notifications whenever they spend.

£2 per month

A single monthly fee
Our children’s debit card come at a flat fee of £2 a month per card. Plus unlike some competitors, we don’t charge for transfers or ATM withdrawals.

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A fully-licensed bank
You’re still the primary account holder, so the money you add to Kite is covered by your account’s FSCS protection up to £85,000.

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Why Kite’s great for kids

  • Great for pocket money. Our debit card for kids is safer and easier to use than cash – and a simple way for them to learn about grown-up spending and saving.

  • Great for life lessons. Use the tools in their app to start conversations about money. With instant notifications and access to their balance and transactions, they’ll see exactly where their money goes.

  • Great for the planet. As a branchless, paperless bank that runs mainly on renewable energy, we’re a greener bank for a greener generation. Plus we plant trees, too!

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It’s fun to use. You don’t have to spend your parents’ money. You can learn how to use your card when you grow up.

Evie, 9, Starling Kite cardholder

Why Kite’s great for you

  • Under one roof. No more switching between apps. You’ll get the full picture and see what they’re spending directly from your app.

  • And under your wing. Get instant payment notifications whenever they spend and full access to their spending history. Our children’s debit cards also come with spending control limits.

  • Safety. Contactless beats cash for peace of mind. Lock the card instantly if it’s lost or stolen and get money over to them wherever they are.

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The feature that lets us lock and secure the card if it’s lost or stolen, gives us extra confidence that we know her money is safe.

Davina, parent of Starling Kite cardholder
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Features of our kid’s bank card

  • Set daily spending limits
  • Top up the card with a tap or set up regular transfers from your own account
  • Set where it can be used; in shops, online or at cash machines
  • Download their own version of the app, to give them access to their balance and transaction list, plus instant notifications whenever they spend
  • 24/7 UK customer support
  • Instant card locking
  • Monthly spending breakdowns
  • No fees overseas
  • A single monthly subscription fee, with no charges for loading money, or for ATM withdrawals
  • Joint account? You’ll both get notifications whenever spending happens on the account

How to get a Starling Kite debit card for kids

Apply for a personal account today. Then, follow the steps below to set up Kite.

Start your application

Already a Starling customer? Just follow these steps to add a children’s debit card to your account:

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How our debit card for kids works

Follow these simple steps so they can view their balance and transactions, and receive notifications when they spend:

Open the app

Here’s just some of the good stuff you can expect from your own Starling account:

  • No fees overseas
  • Speedy set-up; for you, and your child’s Kite card
  • Flexible overdrafts and competitive loans
  • Clever features, like Round-Ups and Spending Insights