So my wife has been on Mat leave since last May. We found a small daycare in February ran out of a home which was fairly close to our house. We checked the references and everything seems good. We put a deposit of $400 to hold spot for our son who is starting in June. All is good until about 4 weeks ago when my wife emails her to set up some half days for this month to introduce him slowly to her. She gets an email back a few days later saying that she's sorry but she is pregnant and ill from the pregnancy and as a result will be closing the daycare. She apologizes and says she'll mail us a refund for the deposit ASAP.
Fast forward 3 weeks and we have received nothing. Her phone is now not in service and she is not responding to emails. It's pretty obvious she has no intention of paying us back our deposit. I've made a couple stops at the house where they live but nobody has been home or they are good at pretending their not home. I've tried searching for a new number under her name and her husbands name as well as cross referencing their address but nothing.
The amount is so small I'm guessing it's not worth suing? Even if I win I probably won't be able to collect since she's a stay at home mom and has no income? Besides camping outside the house to confront her I can't think of anything else I can do to recoup any ideas?