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Starling Kite

Help kids manage their pocket money and turn their spending into skills.

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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, keep an eye on their spending and help them build great habits for the future.

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
Use the app to show them where their money goes and help them work towards visual saving goals. A child-friendly version of the app is coming soon!

£2 per month

A single monthly fee
All you’ll pay is 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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Starling Kite spending space

Why Kite’s great for kids

  • Great for pocket money. Safer and easier than cash – and a simple way for them to learn about grown-up spending and saving.
  • Great for life lessons. Use the tools in your app to start conversations about money, by showing them where their money goes and how saving works.
  • 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, plus set spending limits for specific types of transactions.
  • 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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Starling Kite spending space

Coming soon: The Starling Kite app for kids!

The rundown

  • Set daily, weekly or monthly 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
  • Instant payment notifications
  • 24/7 UK customer support
  • Instant card locking
  • Monthly spending breakdowns and saving Goals
  • 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

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I love my Starling Kite card. I went to the shop and I bought hair clips and nail varnish. I know my PIN but I can’t tell you because that’s a secret.

Betsy, 6, Starling Kite cardholder

How to set up Starling Kite

Just follow these steps if you’re an existing customer:

Open Starling app

Step 1

Open the Starling app from the account you want the Kite card connected to (personal or joint). Once you’re logged in, tap on Spaces.

Pick a space

Step 2

Tap on ‘Child Space’ and follow the steps to set one up.

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Step 3

That’s it! Nice work – it’ll be winging its way to you shortly.

Open the app

Not a Starling customer yet?

Download the app and apply for an account. Then, tap on Spaces and follow the existing customers steps.

Click the ‘Get the app’ button in the bottom left of your screen.

Not a Starling customer yet?

Download the app and apply for an account. Then, tap on Spaces and follow the existing customers steps.

Enter your number in the box below and we’ll send you a text with a link to download 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
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