The European Parliament’s guidance defines a skill as the demonstrable ability to use knowledge and abilities which are personal, social and methodological, within different social situations and for personal development. Skills are described in terms of responsibility and independence.
• Initially, a child is able to do basic things, such as starting to crawl;
• He then acquires the capability to become faster at it and gains in strength;
• Eventually he acquires a competence or skill in crawling, whereby he can perform the manoeuvre in different ways, such as crawling up different types of terrain, uphill, downhill, and surmounting obstacles.
When a child has acquired skills, he is able to act independently, relative to his age, and resolve ever more complex situations.