Barclays Bank vs South Indian Bank: Children’s Savings Accounts

Barclays Bank does not offer a dedicated children’s savings account, even though it is likely that the standard savings accounts can be opened for children jointly with a parent or guardian. However, South Indian Bank offers a dedicated account for students called the Junior Savings Account.

Children’s Savings Accounts from Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank does not focus on the retail segment and as such does not offer any specific children’s savings or any other account. The only option for someone who wishes to open a children’s account may be through the savings account. The bank offers 2 types of savings accounts, the Barclays Savings Account and the Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account.

Barclays Savings Account

The account needs an average quarterly balance of Rs. 1 lakh.

Features

  • Customer get Classic Debit Card and a chequebook
  • The customer can use the debit card for any number of transactions in all VISA ATMs of all banks
  • The bank offers free demand drafts that are payable at its branches in the country
  • Customer also have a free SMS facility and online banking facilities with their Barclays Savings Account

Children’s Savings Accounts from South Indian Bank

South Indian Bank offers children and youth-centric accounts as well as savings accounts for women and senior citizens in addition to general savings accounts.

Junior Savings Account

This account is primarily meant for students.

Features

  • Children above the age of 10 years can open the account
  • All they need is an introduction from the principal, head of department (for college) and a photo ID card. Other standard introduction measures also work
  • The minimum amount needed to open this account is Rs. 10 though the minimum balance needed is Rs. 150. The bank gives a time of three months to take the balance to this level
  • Chequebooks and online banking are made available when the child reaches the age of 18 years and keeps an average balance of Rs. 1,000
  • The bank offers a complimentary ATM-debit card to kids having the Junior Savings Account
  • Children with this account are eligible to apply for education loans from South Indian Bank

Reference Facts

  • Barclays Bank Website: www.barclays.in
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Number: +91 22 6000 1550 (Corporate Banking), +91 22 6000 7888 (Debit Card Lost/Stolen/Damaged)
  • South Indian Bank Website: www.southindianbank.com
  • Headquarters: Thrissur, Kerala
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 425 1809, 1800 102 9408