Talking to your children about money

To help you begin having conversations with your children about money at home, we have developed a free parental guide for children up to 12 years of age. It features Ollie the Owl, as he begins his journey of discovery about money and includes some easy lessons to help your children to understand the concept of money, its uses, and to learn about planning, spending and saving it.

It is never too early to start good habits. Research shows that children as young as age 3 can develop an awareness of money and, by age 7, develop money habits for life.

We know that parents want their children to appreciate the value of money and understand how money works. In collaboration with Ireland’s leading financial education experts, we have developed a unique financial education programme for parents.

The material has been developed so that it can be delivered with ease in the form of engaging money chats and challenges. There is no complicated financial terminology and anyone with a little time can engage with programme material.

This fun and engaging guide will help children aged up to 12 years learn about:

  • The history of money
  • Where money comes from
  • How to be smart with cash
  • Planning to save and spend wisely
  • Budgeting

The financial education programme is packed with interesting stories, challenges, and much more!

Parent’s Guide - Link layer

Parent’s Guide

Download the guide and begin your conversation.
Savings poster - Link layer

Savings poster

Download the Ollie the Owl Savings poster here.
Stickers - Link layer


Download printable stickers to be used with the Savings poster here.

Parenting NI

Parenting NI is the leading charity for parenting support in Northern Ireland. There are three strands to the organisation.  The first is where they consult with parents on a wide range of issues to give them the opportunity to have their say on the issues affecting their family. The second is the Parenting Education strand where they facilitate a range of programmes to parents based on current need. The final strand is the Parents Support Line where highly trained Family Support Workers offer support, guidance & advice to parents by phone & Webchat on a range of issue.

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