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  • Free four-week First News digital subscription for kids

    Free four-week First News digital subscription for kids

    Automatically renews at £5 per month unless cancelled


    First News is an award-winning weekly newspaper aimed at kids aged 7-14. If you go via our special First News link*, you can bag a free four-week digital subscription (norm £5.99 per month). You'll need to enter your payment details but no money will be taken for the first four weeks. Once signed up, your free subscription can be accessed via the desktop web reader, or the mobile or tablet app (free on Google Play/App Store).

    The offer will end at 11.59pm on Sun 7 Mar.

    Important: The subscription will automatically renew at the end of the four weeks at the discounted rate of £4.99 a month, so if you'd rather cancel, make sure to do so before then. You'll receive an email letting you know you have one week before the free four-week period ends. If you want to cancel, you'll need to register for a Recurly account (the payment platform used by First News) and verify the account by email to manage your subscription. 

    What's inside each issue?

    Here are some of the features you and your child will find among the pages of First News:

    • The latest UK and international news
    • Interviews. Past interviewees include Gal Gadot, David Walliams, Boris Johnson and Carrie Fisher.
    • Interactive puzzles and games. Some of these need to be printed out in order for you to fill them in.
    • Colour pictures
    • First careers. This section shines a spotlight on some of the jobs available in the UK.
    • Polls. Past polls have covered everything from the pandemic to pizza toppings.
    • Key dates for your diary for the week ahead
    • Video game news and/or reviews
    • Some issues also include guest articles. One such article was written by Malala.

    As well as getting the latest digital edition every Friday, you'll be able to access the entire digital back catalogue which stretches back to 7 Aug 2020, if you so wish.

    Issues can be downloaded to your device so that they're available offline. You can also select 'clippings' to save your favourite bulletins or send them to a friend.

    Since you're tackling the big topics with your child, why not help them manage their money with our Top children's savings accounts?

    MSE LAURA F says:

    First News says it has more than 2.6 million readers, and that the paper "fuels curiosity, inspires conversation and helps children form opinions about the world and their place in it". It's won several awards over the years, including 'Niche Market Newspaper of the Year' in 2012 and 2017. After a year which has forced families to stay at home with more of an eye on international events than ever before, this subscription could be an accessible introduction to current affairs for your children.

    As with all rolling subscriptions, remember that you'll need to cancel if you don't want to remain a subscriber after the free period ends. It's a good idea to set a reminder alert on your phone if that's the case.

    • More information can be found on the First News FAQs page. If you encounter any problems with your free subscription, please contact First News directly at

      This freebie is available to anybody who doesn't already have an account, including past subscribers.

      Once cancelled, your subscription will run to the end of the billing period (ie, four weeks after you signed up) and then expire, so you'll still be able to use it until then.

      If you choose to subscribe for 12 months, it'll cost £55.99 and you'll receive a free Little Bird annual family pass (norm £35), which gets you discounts on family activities, meals, magazines and more.