Virginia Axline reminds us that creating a welcoming environment is key to children feeling safe and ready to develop a positive therapeutic relationship. If you work in schools or other multi-purpose venues, distinguishing the room from its dual role, possibly for educational catch-up programmes, can also be important. In my work in schools I have found the most dramatic changes to the room have come from the addition of the Seaside Storymat - a large colourful padded mat. This has provided comfort, a welcome focus and lessened the potentially clinical feel of lino or dark carpet. Children have gravitated to this in individual and group sessions providing a cosy focus for stories, exploration of toys as well as a sensory start to group sessions. This has worked particularly well with a large inviting basket, brimming full of miniature people, animals, buildings and vehicles, basket of toys and miniatures positioned on it as children have sat on the mat to explore, sort and play.