Dumfries and Galloway Council is to introduce a Childcare Voucher Scheme.
Employees who are parents will now receive up to £243 per month in childcare vouchers, free from tax and National Insurance contributions.
Council Leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said: “We are committed to supporting our workforce and reducing barriers to employment. The implementation of the Childcare Voucher Scheme will provide choice for our employees and demonstrates our support for them. The possible introduction of a Childcare Voucher Scheme has been discussed by councillors since 2009 and this administration has demonstrated its leadership by making a decision to introduce this scheme for our workforce and bringing our council into line with the rest of Scotland and many good local employers. At a time many people are struggling with rising bills, this will a boost to family budgets.”