Hi. I have lived in the area for a year and have been to the Stockton Lane toddler group, Tuesday Tots at the Children's Centre and Play and Praise at Heworth Church. My daugter is 2 and just started Stockton Lane playgroup. Am finding it difficult to get past the just saying a quick hello stage with other mums as everyone seems to know each other and have family nearby. Thought I'd try the virtual world to see if there is anyone else out there in a similar situation. Also any tips on how to break the ice with people who seem so tight knit already?
I'm in North Yorkshire too. We moved when my DD was just 2, and like you the first thing I did was join a toddler group. Fortunately, I was introduced to another mum who had only just started going although she has lived here all her life. We got chatting, became friends, and took over running the group together a year later.
I've found most people here are very friendly once they've had a bit of time to suss you out. It will also help when your DD makes some friends - when she starts mentioning names, see if you can arrange playdates etc. Once other mums are sitting drinking your coffee and eating your biscuits, I'm sure they'll open up.
Are you registered on the MN local for York (there is one!)?
Hi, I'm bit further out than you but just to say with regards to breaking the ice - just go for it. Always easier with someone who looks a bit on their own, iyswim! But complimenting people's children always works. Similarly, asking their advice is always good! Or if you go to a playgroup, rather than at a childrens centre, volunteer to help out - even if its just helping with washing up.