TWO South Ayrshire primary schools were visited by a bank recently to teach youngsters all about the world of finance.

The Nationwide Building Society team visited children at Minishant Primary and Crosshill Primary to teach money lessons as part of the bank's locally-run financial education programme.  

The sessions, which have been specifically designed for pupils in P1 to P7, give pupils the chance to brush up on savings and staying safe online, as well as credit and budgeting.

They are held by colleagues who have volunteered from across all areas of the Society. 

Feedback from previous sessions show that 98 per cent of students said they gained confidence in their relationship and understanding of money. 

Sharon Beattie, head teacher at Crosshill Primary, said: “The children have responded positively to the sessions from the team at Nationwide.

"We are really pleased to have been able to bring in external experts to help bring money and finances to life and it will no doubt help the children access learning in a new and interesting way."

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Chloe Simpson, member representative at Nationwide, added: “It has never been more important to learn about money given the pressures and rising costs facing us.

"But not everyone has access to information on finances growing up, which is why we are talking to schoolchildren to help them start as early as possible on this journey. 

“A good understanding of your personal finances and the value of money at a young age can be vital in forming healthy financial habits.

"It’s been a pleasure going into both Minishant and Crosshill Primary and getting to know the children.

"We have seen them grow in their abilities to manage money and given them lifelong skills.”